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NYCRIN Testimonials

"NYCRIN is dedicated to teaching technology entrepreneurship and performing research that advances this endeavor. Its aim is to become a global leader in technology innovation and entrepreneurial business development by leveraging the existing innovation ecosystem in New York City."

Gillian Small, Ph.D., NYCRIN Principal Investigator, City University of New York

"I learned a lot from the I-Corps experience and I feel like my strategies toward my research have also changed. I am grateful for the time [the teaching team] spent reviewing my business canvas and interviews and providing [their] advice."

Omid Dehzangi, EL,
NYCRIN April 2013 Cohort

"The [I-Corps] program, along with the entire 'Teaching Team', was outstanding, even for someone who thinks they know a lot about the world of startups. It was, as they say, a valuable learning experience for me as a Mentor, as well as for our Team."

Tom Harrison, IM, NYCRIN April 2013 Cohort

"Thanks again for a job well done!!!!! Everyone I reached out to the last couple of days had nothing negative to say. At times, PIs, mentors or ELs would approach me on their own and offer ONLY positive comments about both the curriculum and the instructors."

Rathindra (Babu) DasGupta, Program Director, I/UCRC and I-Corps

"I'd like to thank you all for guiding us throughout the customer discovery process."

Maciej Pietrusinski, EL, NYCRIN April 2013 Cohort

"Thank you so much for your constant support and advice in training me towards entrepreneurship. The program was fun and educational at the same time."

Raviprasad Aduri, Ph.D., EL, NYCRIN April 2013 Cohort

"Thank you again for being a critical (literally!) part of the I-Corps program for me. It was a great experience and I learned a lot."

Linda Plano, IM, NYCRIN April 2013 Cohort


The New York City Regional Innovation Node (NYCRIN) is a network of 25 leading universities in the New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware, and Pennsylvania area designed to support regional needs for innovation education, infrastructure and research by to providing state-of-the-art training for academic researchers and technologists through the National Science Foundation I-Corps program. NYCRIN will work cooperatively to build, utilize and sustain a national innovation ecosystem that further enhances the development of technologies, products and processes that benefit society.

I-Corps Nodes will foster understanding on how to:

  • Identify, develop and supportpromisingideas that can generate value
  • Create and implement tools andresources that enhance ournation's innovation capacity
  • Gather, analyze, evaluate andutilize the data and insight resulting from the experiences of the I-Corps Teams
  • Share and leverage effective innovation practices on a national scale to improve the quality of life for the U.S. citizenry


NYCRIN will provide state-of-the-art innovation research and training services that interconnect regional academic technologists with entrepreneurial and business partners. NYCRIN strives to become the global leader in technology innovation and entrepreneurial business development.


The mission of NYCRIN is three-fold.

The first is to teach the National Science Foundation (NSF) I-Corps program. Conducting the intensive national training program gives the teaching team and NYCRIN leaders valuable insight into the Lean LaunchPad program and its benefits.

Our second aim builds on this foundational training by the development of a regional infrastructure which provides innovation research, education, outreach, and commercial development activities across the network.

The final aim is to gather and analyze the assessment data that will help to optimize the way institutions support and foster the national innovation ecosystem.