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.
- 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: www.nsf.gov/funding/aboutfunding.jsp
- 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.