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Texas State I-Corps Site for Entrepreneurship

THE EXPERIENCE

ASSESSING THE COMMERCIAL VIABILITY OF INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES

I-Corps Program Goals

Drs. Jennifer Irvin and Jana Minifie are the Texas State I-Corps Site for Entrepreneurship Co-PIs. Do you have a STEM or STEM-applicable business idea? Apply for a mini-grant up to $3,000. We offer several three week training sessions helping you to determine if your business a go or a no-go.  


Topics Covered During Program

During the 3-week program, participants will learn about;

  • How to ask questions to validate their target market.
  • How to find individuals to interview.
  • Importance of the Business Model Canvas
  • Future funding sources such SBIR/STTR grants
  • Where to go next with your business.

     

Quotes from Previous Attendees

 “I am so grateful for this opportunity. The comments and suggestions we received from the closing session and throughout the cohort are invaluable!” H.H., Fall 2021 Cohort


 When asked about their favorite part of the I-CorpsTM training:

  • "Different teams share their thoughts of different business ideas, the plan, and the presentation."

  • "Getting to be around a lot of uplifting and supportive people that have entrepreneurial and business mindsets."

  • "Feedback from facilitators and faculty."

  • "Learning and seeing a model for business development."

What was the most valuable take away from the I-CorpsTM Cohort?

  • "How and why we need to do the customer interview."

  • "How to talk to people and approach people, how to talk about something without directly talking about it, and connections/networking."

  • "Learning how to focus on your target market, pain, purchase, and surveying potential customers."

    "The importance of finding what problem you’re solving for customers."

  • "It's ok to not know."

  • "The importance of market validation."

  • "Businesses need to see if their product can solve a problem."

Wanted: Visionaries, Innovators, and Problem Solvers

Next I-Corps Cohort

Summer I-Corps Dates:

All meetings will be held via Zoom.  Links to be provided.

  • Orientation/Pre-Opening Workshop: Thursday, June 2nd @ 12 pm - 1 pm
  • Opening Workshop: Friday, June 10th @ 8:30 am - 12:30 pm  Zoom Link
  • Office hours: June 20th - 28th TBD with I-Corps facilitator
  • Closing workshop: Friday, July 1st @  8:30 am - 12:30 pm Zoom Link

Fall 2022 Dates:

All meetings will be held via Zoom.  Links to be provided.

  • Orientation/Pre-Opening Workshop: Friday, Sept. 2nd @ 12 pm - 1 pm
  • Opening Workshop: Friday, Sept. 9th @ 8:30 am - 12:30 pm  Zoom Link
  • Office hours: Sept. 16th - 23rd TBD with I-Corps facilitator
  • Closing workshop: Friday, Sept. 30th @  8:30 am - 12:30 pm Zoom Link

UPCOMING I-CORPS COURSES

Looking for a class that would meet an elective requirement that includes a real-world application?


MGT 4353: Integrated Field Studies
MGT 5333: Problems in Business Management