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