NSF I-Corps

National Science Foundation (NSF) I-Corps

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and the Simone Center are proud participants in NSF’s I-Corps program and National Innovation Network (NIN). The I-Corps program and curriculum are designed to advance early stage commercialization of products in the sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. The program advances academic teams (which include technology and entrepreneurship) with the assistance of an entrepreneurial/industry coach through a curriculum that enables a robust customer discovery, business model development and minimum viable product development process.

NSF’s I-Corps program offers universities two designations. The first designation is that of an I-Corps University Site. The Site program designation is for universities to provide “internal” I-Corps training to STEM students and faculty. Each team receives training, a coach and access to $3,000 to advance its technology concept. The second designation is that of an I-Corps Node. The Node program, which can be composed of one university or a group of universities, is for “external” I-Corps training for STEM faculty.

The Simone Center and RIT possess both Site and Node designation. RIT was designated as an NSF University Site in 2014 to conduct internal training. RIT, as part of the Upstate NY Alliance that is a partnership formed by Cornell University, University of Rochester and RIT, was designated as node in 2016.

For more information on the NSF I-Corps Site, NSF I-Corps Node and NSF Deaf College Innovation Bowl, click on the links below.