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Explore taking your new technology to the marketplace
New England I-Corps is partnering with I-Corps @ UMass to offer a free 3-week program from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to help researchers and engineers explore the potential applications of their new technologies.
Get free training, support, and up to $1,500 to identify customers
Potential for up to $50,000 NSF I-Corps grant
Increase your chances of receiving an SBIR/STTR award
Program Kick-Off: September 30, 2019 from 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Final Presentations: October 23, 2019 from 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Hosted at the Valley Venture Mentors Offices at
276 Bridge St, Springfield, MA 01103
How it works
The interactive course begins with an in-person evening kickoff workshop where teams learn how to:
- Identify their top customer segments
- Develop hypotheses about the value proposition they offer each segment
- Find and effectively interview potential customers about their problems/needs
Over the next four weeks, teams will speak with 12 potential customers. Each week they have an office hour call with instructors to check-in and receive coaching. The program wraps-up with a final in-person evening workshop where teams present their findings, get more coaching and learn about progressing their ideas. Teams that complete this part of the program may apply for a $1,500 micro-grant to conduct additional customer discovery. The goal is to determine if they are solving a real-world problem with a viable market opportunity.
This short program is excellent preparation for the many other entrepreneurial opportunities in Rhode Island.
Who it’s for
Your I-Corps project must be based on new, innovative, and differentiating technology that could be a candidate for a future SBIR proposal. The program is open to individuals and teams, current faculty, postdocs, students and staff at any university or anyone else working on a serious STEM-related technology.
To request more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org