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Funded by NSF, I-Corps @ ECU embraces ideation, innovation and commercialization of inventions by using proven methods in lean launch, customer discovery and business model innovation. The project aims to prepare & support ECU Faculty, staff, students and friends in the process of validating the potential for new products, services and technologies and/or launching new companies. Whether you are a seasoned entrepreneur or just starting out, our extensive network of resources, personalized training and diverse mentors will guide you in fully exploring the value of your idea. I-Corps @ ECU will support 30 entrepreneurial teams per year and provide seed grants of up to $3,000 per team to help fund customer discovery and prototype development activities. Register for an informational session.



The NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Sites program enables academic institutions to catalyze teams whose technology concepts are likely candidates for commercialization. The make-up of teams at the Sites is modeled after the composition of I-Corps Teams, and training at the Sites shares the principles of the I-Corps Curriculum. I-Corps Sites provide infrastructure, advice, resources, networking opportunities, training and modest funding to enable groups to transition their work into the marketplace or into becoming I-Corps Team applicants. Visit the NSF I-Corps Website.
Phase I Applications are due January 17th. Phase I programming starts January 19th at 1:00 PM






I-Corps @ ECU Oversight Committee

 Marti Van Scott

Marti Van Scott
Director, Office of Technology Transfer

 Ted Morris

Ted Morris, PhD
Associate Vice Chancellor of Engagement, Innovation and Economic Development

 Mike Harris

Michael Harris, PhD
Interim Director, Miller School of Entrepreneurship and Director, Small Business Institute

 Wayne Godwin

Wayne Godwin
Director, Innovation Design Lab


 Joe Gaines

Joe Gaines
Industry and Economic Development

 Elizabeth Hodge

Elizabeth Hodge, PhD
Assistant Dean for Innovations and Strategic Initiatives


Ariana Billingsley, MBA
Regional Center Director at Small Business and Technology Development Center

 David Mayo

David Mayo, MBA
Assistant Director, Miller School of Entrepreneurship