After the online sessions, teams are required to meet back in-person at the program finale. The finale consists of a 2-minute Lessons Learned Video followed by a 10-minute Lessons Learned presentation. Additionally, teams are invited to a What’s Next panel that discusses different paths for what lies post I-Corps. See below for potential program outcomes.

The structure of an I-Corps cohort is as follows:

I-Corps Kickoff (3 days)

I-Corps Teams members are required to attend a mandatory, in-person kickoff event. The kickoff consists of an introduction to the teaching team, an introduction to the Lean LaunchPad methodology and the customer discovery process. During the kickoff, teams are required to “Get Out of the Building” and perform initial customer interviews. These will form the foundation for each team to build upon and further develop their hypotheses throughout the course.

Online Sessions (5 weeks)

After the kickoff event, teams return to their home institution and continue with customer discovery. The program transitions online (via WebEx), with each week focusing on a different area of the Business Model Canvas (BMC). Each WebEx session begins with team presentations on their updated BMC followed by a lecture on one or more of the seven topics below:

  1. Value Proposition
  2. Customer Segments
  3. Channels
  4. Customer Relationships
  5. Key Activities
  6. Key Resources
  7. Key Partners
  8. Revenue
  9. Cost Structure

Finale (2 days)

After the online sessions, teams are required to meet back in-person at the program finale. The finale consists of a 2-minute Lessons Learned Video followed by a 10-minute Lessons Learned presentation. Additionally, teams are invited to a What’s Next panel that discusses different paths for what lies post I-Corps. See below for potential program outcomes.

Potential Program Outcomes

  • New start-up business
  • Licensing
  • SBIR Proposal
  • A business plan suitable for review by third-party investors
  • Students prepared to be entrepreneurially competitive
  • New curriculum development or improvement in current curriculum, gathered from feedback of previous participants​

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