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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. Our I-Corps program is under the Materials Science, Engineering, & Commercialization (MSEC) and Service-Learning Excellence (SLE) Program.

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

All meetings will be held at STAR Park .  (3055 Hunter Road). Conference Room 174.

Cohort 1: Feb. 25, Mar. 4, 11 (5:30-8:30p)

Cohort 2: April 15, 22, 29 (5:30-8:30p)

Cohort 3: June 11, 18, 25 (9a-12p)

Resources

Additional resources for I-Corps can be found here.

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.

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 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 (SBIR/STTR)

•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

NSF just announced that Andrea P. Belz of the University of Southern California (USC) as the new Division Director of the Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships (IIP), effective May 13, 2019. Many of you know Dr. Belz, who has been Director of Innovation Node-Los Angeles (IN-LA) since 2014. Read more about her appointment on the NSF website.

 

NSF is actively searching for up to two I-Corps Program Directors. Please share the vacancy announcement with any interested candidates. 

 

NSF is not currently accepting proposals for new I-Corps Sites or I-Corps Nodes. NSF is expecting to post a new funding opportunity in summer 2019. Stay tuned!

 

Also, IIP is piloting changes to the Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) proposal submission process. The pilot replaces a recommended pre-proposal step, the Executive Summary, with a required first step, the Project Pitch. Startups or entrepreneurs who submit a three-page Project Pitch will know within three weeks if they are a good fit for the SBIR/STTR program’s objectives of supporting innovative technologies that show promise of commercial and/or societal impact and involve a level of technical risk. Startups or entrepreneurs can submit a Project Pitch at any time during the pilot. Learn more atseedfund.nsf.gov/project-pitch/.