Aggie I-Corps

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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 for participant support.



  • 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.
  • The student Entrepreneurial Lead (EL) must be a current NMSU student. Students from Studio G Sites are eligible as well.
  • Availability to attend one three-hour and four two-hour workshops:
    • Fall 2020 Cohort will meet virtually Friday mornings 10 am-noon, October 23, 2020 – November 20, 2020
      • Applications Due October 5, 2020
      • Program will be offered fully virtually through video conferencing
  • 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:


  • 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.

If you have any questions please contact Studio G at


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Applications for Aggie I-Corps Fall 2020 Cohort is now open! Apply by Octboer 5, 2020 to be considered for the Fall 2020 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.

Kramer can be reached at or at (575) 646-7151.

Brooke Montgomery

Brooke Montgomery

Manager & Instructor, Aggie I-Corps

Brooke Montgomery serves as the deputy site director of Arrowhead Center’s Studio G program. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology with a minor in Political Science from the University of California, Irvine and a Masters of Arts degree in Education and Post Graduate focused work in Multivariate Research Procedures/Analyses; Advanced Measurement and Statistics; Educational Leadership and Evaluation; from New Mexico State University.

Brooke also serves as the founder and CEO at Pivotal Biotech, LLC.

Alex can be reached at or at (575) 646-1859.

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