Aggie I-Corps

Aggie I-Corps is a training program to test the feasibility of your business idea. The goals of this program are to spur translation of research, to encourage collaboration between academia and industry, and to train students to understand innovation and entrepreneurship. Through the program you will receive mentorship, coaching and $2,000 in participant support.

Program Requirements

  • Each team must include a student Entrepreneurial Lead (EL), a faculty Principal Investigator (PI), and a Business Mentor (M). Detailed information about these roles is available here. You don't need a full team to apply, although preference is given to complete teams.
  • Availability to attend four two-hour workshops:
    • Summer 2016 Cohort will meet Fridays 10-noon July 15th, 2016-August 5th, 2016
    • Fall 2016 Cohort will meet Fridays 10-noon October 28th, 2016-November 18th, 2016
  • To successfully complete Aggie I-Corps, teams are expected to conduct thirty (30) interviews with potential customers for their product or service.
  • Projects can originate from student work, research (funded or unfunded), institutional, or industrial projects. The topical focus of a project must be in an area(s) of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) normally supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF). For more information about what NSF funds please visit:

Program Outcomes

  • Reach a go or no-go decision for your project.
  • If decision is go, project may receive eligibility for the National I-Corps program, which includes a $50,000 award.
  • Numerous follow-on funding opportunities SBIR/STTR in addition to National I-Corps.

Apply For The Fall 2016 Cohort

Applications for Aggie I-Corps Fall 2016 Cohort are now open! The Fall 2016 Cohort will meet Fridays 10-noon October 28th, 2016-November 18th, 2016. Apply by October 17th, 2016 to be considered for the Fall 2016 Cohort. Please apply early, especially if you need help finding a team.

Teaching Team

Dr. Kramer Winingham

Dr. Kramer Winingham

Director & Instructor, Aggie I-Corps

Dr. Kramer Winingham serves as a Program Director for Arrowhead Center and is the Director of NMSU’s National Science Foundation I-Corps Site and Director of Studio G – NMSU’s Student Business Accelerator. He holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration with specializations in Finance and Information Systems, and a Doctorate of Economic Development from NMSU. His doctoral thesis “Economic Development through Technology Transfer” developed a novel approach to technology transfer incorporating design thinking – this approach is applied to commercializing NMSU technologies at the Arrowhead Center. He currently serves as CEO/President for two companies commercializing technologies. He also owns and operates a property management company.

Chris Dunn

Chris Dunn

Manager & Instructor, Aggie I-Corps

Chris Dunn works as the Studio G Coordinator at Arrowhead Center. Chris graduated with Bachelors of Arts Degrees in Economics and Philosophy and a Master of Arts in Economics from NMSU. He helps NMSU students and alumni through the process of starting their own businesses and venturing onto the path of entrepreneurship by connecting Studio G clients with advisors, guiding them through best practices for startups, and offering value added advice. Chris aims to view things from different perspectives while maintaining an eye towards consumer preferences and market needs. In his spare time, Chris likes to let his mind wander and theorizes about human nature, morality, and the good life.


Aggie I-Corps is supported by the National Science Foundation as an Official NSF I-Corps™ Site