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VCU I-Corps Training

Wednesday, September 21, 2016  
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VCU Engineering and the Innovation Gateway are sponsoring a NSF-developed I-Corps entrepreneurial training in the fall of 2016. VCU is one of the few universities in the area that offers this program to its faculty, post-doc and graduate student teams. This is a great opportunity to learn about market validation and how to position your technology based on solicited feedback from potential customers. The key learnings from this course will be invaluable in helping you develop and position your technology to be successful in the market or determine if it has potential to be a start-up company. Faculty that successfully complete the short course, become eligible to apply to the national NSF I-Corps program for a $50,000 grant to continue market validation and strategic planning.

Only 12-14 teams are invited to participate. Due to the intensity of the course and emphasis on one-on-one interactions with the ICorps faculty, the number of participants is limited and a commitment to participate in the full program and complete the assignments is essential. The course is also opened to teams from outside of VCU for a nominal price of $200-$500 (other universities, companies and community).

Important program information:

• The program is intense and requires a 3-4 week commitment. Attending the Opening Workshop, Virtual interim session, Wrap-up Workshop and conducting customer interviews during the two week period are mandatory.

• Teams must have at minimum 2 members- a PI and at least one other team member- post-doc or grad student, who will be the Entrepreneurial Lead. We recommend more team members.

• Time commitment- 2 Workshops (8 hrs. and 4 hrs.) plus 10-15 additional hours per week for the Entrepreneurial Lead and 6-8 hours per week for the other team members.

• Opening Workshop (October 13th) - the entire team must attend for the entire day.

• Pre-class assignment will be due at the Opening Workshop.

• Interim review with the faculty will be virtual (October 24th)- You can schedule your 30 minute session with the faculty at a mutually agreeable time.

• Closing Workshop (November 16th) is a half day – 8 am to 12 pm noon. Teams will discuss their findings and future plans with the faculty and fellow attendees.


For more information, please contact Sue Patow

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