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Texas State I-Corps Site for Entrepreneurship



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

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.

  • June 3: 8:45 - 12:00pm  I-Corps Workshop Day 1 Zoom Link
  • June 11-18:  Office Hours with Facilitator
  •  June 25: 8:45 - 12:00pm Closing I-Corps Workshop Zoom Link


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