Student I-Corps Programs

Student I-Corps Programs

Student Incubator. Student teams are screened/pre-approved before entering the Student Incubator Program. Students may get course credit for entering the program or students seeking to advance their concepts on a full time basis may gain co-op credit. The Student Incubator offers a full 15-week I-Corps curriculum. As part of the RIT I-Corps Site program, teams may be eligible for a $3,000 grant through NSF. This grant money may be employed for customer discovery (including travel), prototyping or co-op stipends (for those wishing to make this project into a full time co-op experience). Because of the large number of student teams in the I-Corps program, only the most motivated, active and successful teams receive I-Corps funding. The screening process includes a “project maturity” evaluation that enables the teams to understand their potential path to funding. To schedule an informational or screening interview please email Dana Wolcott.

  • Next Cohort Group: Fall Semester 2017

Full-time Saunders Summer Startup Accelerator Program. Student teams may also apply for the highly competitive full-time, summer-based accelerator program. This program provides living stipends to team members, a small prototyping fund, office space, active mentoring and (when appropriate) hands-on assistance from the RIT MakerSpace network. The accelerator program is based upon NSF I-Corps curriculum and augmented by expert seminars on customer discovery approaches, entrepreneurial funding techniques (including SBIR approaches), effective team development, entrepreneurial marketing, etc. After completion of this program, teams have clear “go or no go decisions”, significant customer, market, and business model development learnings and some form of minimum viable product. To schedule an informational interview or apply please email Rupa Thind.

  • Next Cohort Group:  Summer 2017.  Accepting Applications NOW.