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Texas State I-Corps Site for Entrepreneurship

Texas State I-Corps Site for Entrepreneurship

The Texas State I-Corps program is a National Science Foundation-funded entrepreneurial program for teams working on business concepts in the science, technology, mathematics, and engineering (STEM) fields.  Teams including faculty, students, staff and alumni from Texas State University, and underrepresented community members, may apply for the program.  No previous business or entrepreneurship experience is required.

Most academic spinouts fail because they develop something No One Cares About.

I-Corps is a process that helps you determine:

  • What do your customers care about?
  • Can you build a viable business around your innovation(s)?

Spring Semester 3-Week Program

The first cohort program will run on Monday evenings, 5:30-8:30pm starting Feb. 25. All meetings will be held at STR Park. Room TBD.

Do you have product-market fit?

Introduction to Customer Discovery: is an I-Corps Site program offered at Texas State through the I-Corps Site for Entrepreneurship. In a short, part-time program, participants receive input from an exceptional teaching team using a proven curriculum.  Participants work to identify a specific real world need that can be met by their idea or technology, and also define the exact value/benefit they bring to those who need what they have to offer.

Introduction to Customer Discovery  (CD)

CD is an I-Corps Site program offered at Texas State University  by the I-Corps Site for Entrepreneurship. In a short, part-time program, participants receive input from an exceptional teaching team using a proven curriculum. Participants work to identify a specific real world need that can be met by their idea or technology, and also define the exact value/benefit they bring to those who need what they have to offer.

A self-paced program is being developed for TRACS and will be available by Dec. 1, 2018.

Mini-Grants:

Faculty, staff, students and community members can apply for mini-grants, up to $3,000, to assist with their customer discovery of their STEM or STEM applicable innovation concept. For more information, please see our application page.

New Ventures

The Texas State I-Corps Site for Entrepreneurship is part of Texas State New Ventures.  New Ventures helps to identify and move ideas and research outcomes from an internal University setting out into the world, where they can solve big problems and meet societal needs. Our mission includes:

•The Introduction to Customer Discovery Program

•Increased Grant Funding and enhancing the reputation of the University

•Providing resources and experiential training in innovation and entrepreneurship

•Supporting the entrepreneurial needs of others in our region, including those in underrepresented groups

•The I-Corps programs and process are a gateway to funding opportunities and a connection to a large group of benefits.

•It is convenient, part-time and offered regularly so you can fit it into your schedule.

In the News

Texas State University announcing the award of the I-Corps Site to Texas State: news.txstate.edu/press-releases/2018/i-corps-site-award.html