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Apply for one of our upcoming cohorts! This page will be updated with new cohorts. So if one of the ones below doesn't work with your schedule, please check back or contact us

The Texas State I-Corps program is a National Science Foundation-funded entrepreneurial program for teams working on business concepts in the STEM/STEM Applicable fields.  Teams including faculty, students, staff, and alumni from Texas State University may apply for the program.  No previous business or entrepreneurship experience is required.

Two team members must be present at every session (EL and one other team member). Each team will contain at minimum an Entrepreneurial Lead (EL), an I-Corps Teams Mentor (IM), and a Technical Lead (TL). If the team goes on to the national I-Corps program, you will need to add a Principal Investigator (PI) who may also be the TL or EL.

If Mentor, Technical Lead and/or Academic Lead has not been identified yet, please enter: TBA


Entrepreneur Lead (EL)

A postdoctoral scholar, graduate student, undergraduate or other student, staff member, researcher, alumni or other personnel with relevant knowledge of the technology and a deep commitment to investigate the commercial landscape surrounding the innovation.  The person who wants to take the business to market! 

How is the Entrepreneurial Lead associated with Texas State? *

I-Corps Teams Mentor (IM)

An experienced or emerging entrepreneur with proximity to the institution and experience in transitioning technology out of Academic labs. 

Technical Lead (TL)

A faculty member, senior research scientist or postdoctoral scholar with deep and direct technical expertise in the actual core technology about which the I-Corps team is exploring commercial potential. Typically the TL will also service as the proposal Principal Investigator (PI). 
 

How is the Technical Lead associated with Texas State? *
If a patent, who has ownership of the patent or potential patent?
Have you constructed a Business Model Canvas for this business idea? *
Are you planning to apply for a $3,000 mini-grant? *

Mini-Grant Guidelines

Mini-grant applications will be evaluated at the end of the cohort.  The decision for mini-grants will be based on "go/no-go" at the end of the 3-weeks. This will be based on:

  • STEM/STEM applicable business concept
  • Product idea viable and development capability
  • Customer discovery results

Mini-grants up to $3,000 can be spent on items that will assist the team to continue their customer discovery efforts.  Funding must be spent within 3-months.  Each team must have prior approval of expenses through Material Science, Engineering and Commercialization (MSEC) workflow. Please see the “MSEC Entrepreneur Purchasing Guidelines”. For information regarding Texas State information for Inventors, please see Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.


Thank you for your submission.  We will be back with you within 5 working days.

Dr. Jennifer Irvin, PI, MSEC Program Director

Dr. Jana Minifie, Co-PI, Service-Learning Excellence Program Director
 

Which cohort are you applying for?