The Concept

Prepares scientists and engineers to extend their focus beyond the university laboratory, and accelerates the economic and societal benefits

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Who's it for?

Open to current UNCG and NCAT Undergraduate and Graduate students, Faculty, Staff and recent alumni. Ideally, teams will be complete with at least 3 members – student Entrepreneur Lead (EL), faculty Primary Investigator (PI) and Mentor.

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What problem does it solve?

The connection between university laboratories is limited at best when it comes to developing products for the public.

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How does it help?

I-Corps puts entrepreneurs in contact with these laboratories at universities such as the UNC Greensboro.

Program Overview

The National Science Foundation’s Innovation Corps (I-Corps™) is a federally funded program to help prepare scientists and engineers to extend their focus beyond the university laboratory and accelerates the economic and societal benefits of basic-research projects that are ready to move toward commercialization. Through I-Corps, NSF grantees learn to identify valuable product opportunities that can emerge from academic research and gain skills in entrepreneurship through training in customer discovery and guidance from established entrepreneurs.

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