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Texas State I-Corps Site for Entrepreneurship

The Texas State I-CorpsTM 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-CorpsTM 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-CorpsTM is a process that helps you determine:

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

 3-Week Program - Academic Year 2020

All meetings will be held at STAR Park .  (3055 Hunter Road). Conference Room 173.

Cohort 1: Oct. 22, 29, and Nov.5 (5:00-9:0p)

Cohort 2: Feb. 24, Mar. 2 and 9 (5:00-9:00pm)

Cohort 3: April 13, 20, 27 (5:00-9:00pm)

Cohort 4: June 8, 15, 22 (8:30am-12:30pm)

Cohort 5: July 13, 20, 27 (5:00-9:00pm)

Academic Class I-Corps Program Information:


Student participants can go through I-CorpsTM and receive course credit through the following:


Spring 2020:         MGT 4353 Integrated Field Studies


Fall 2020:              MGT 4353 Integrated Field Studies

                             MGT 5333 Problems in Business Administration


Additional resources for I-CorpsTM can be found here.

Do you have product-market fit?

Introduction to Customer Discovery: is an I-CorpsTM Site program offered at Texas State through the I-CorpsTM 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 - Up to $3000:

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.

SW Node Regional I-Corps Opportunity

Interested in attending a Regional NSF I-CorpsTM program? You can apply for a $3000 mini-grant to attend The Southwest I-CorpsTM program starting Oct. 15h.  Contact Dr. Jana Minifie for more information.


October 15 • 11 AM – 1 PM Pre-Launch Workshop (virtual)

October 25 • Full Day Opening Workshop (in person*)

November 1 • 10 AM – 1 PM Midterm Review Webinar (virtual)

November 15 • Full Day Closing Workshop (in person*)

*In person workshops held at Texas Woman’s University, Dallas Campus (5500 Southwestern Medical Avenue, Dallas, Texas).