The National Science Foundation (NSF) developed the I-Corps program in 2011 to help move academic research to the marketplace. In 2016, NSF provided WSU with a three-year grant that also designates WSU as one of 51 universities that are part of the NSF National Innovation Network.
Led by the Office of Research in partnership with the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture, the Carson College of Business and the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, the university uses the LEAN Accelerator Program curriculum to teach entrepreneurship skills while encouraging interdisciplinary collaboration, industry mentorship, and alumni engagement.
WSU I-Corps participants will attend weekly sessions in which the teams, directors, and mentors will develop and refine their business models, discuss lessons learned, and prepare for further customer discovery.
Each team will have access to up to $2,500 for prototyping, travel, attending conferences, and other needs related to refining the team’s business model.
There are two cohorts each year:
- Fall: September – November
- Spring: January – April
A limited number of teams will be accepted into each cohort. Previous business experience or an existing business or technology idea are not required.