Calendar of Events

I-Corps Calendar of Events

Upcoming Events:

USF I-Corps: Six Week Session Spring 2019

USF I-Corps

When: Mondays, February 4, 11, 25, March 4, 18, 25
Time: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Where: USF Research & Innovation
Apply: Complete and submit the Application Form
USF I-Corps Program Flyer (PDF)
If you have an idea for a product, technology or service, apply now to find out how to take it to the next level. The USF I-Corps program will hold a 6-session course for USF faculty and students looking to launch an idea into the marketplace. Selected teams will receive a grant of up to $3,000, and learn how to find and talk with potential future customers, develop a successful business model canvas, and explore ways to develop their ideas into a commercial product.
(Note: This session is for pre-selected teams only. To apply for the next session, please fill out the application form.)


Past Events:

USF I-Corps: Six Week Session Fall 2018

USF I-Corps

When: Thursdays, September 27, October 4, 18, 25, November 8, 15
Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: USF Research & Innovation
Apply: Complete and submit the Application Form
USF I-Corps Program Flyer (PDF)
If you have an idea for a product, technology or service, apply now to find out how to take it to the next level. The USF I-Corps program will hold a 6-session course for USF faculty and students looking to launch an idea into the marketplace. Selected teams will receive a grant of up to $3,000, and learn how to find and talk with potential future customers, develop a successful business model canvas, and explore ways to develop their ideas into a commercial product.
(Note: This session is for pre-selected teams only. To apply for the next session, please fill out the application form.)


Bull Ring Accelerator Grant Opportunity

BRAG

Application Deadline: September 13, 2018
The Foundation Bull Ring Accelerator Grant program (BRAG) is a joint initiative of the USF Foundation and the USF Research Foundation. The Foundation BRAG is designed to support early stage Tampa Bay Technology Incubator (TBTI) affiliated start-up companies that were formed on the basis of licensed University of South Florida technologies. BRAG provides up to $25,000 of grant funding to support the entrepreneurial ecosystem at USF and help bridge the "valley" or "ditch" of death experienced by early stage technology companies.

Grant details: Bull Ring Accelerator Grant Program


Proof of Concept Commercialization Pilot Program, I-Corps @ DoD

DOD

Application Deadline: July 6, 2018
The goals of this program are to spur the transition of fundamental research with potential defense relevance to the marketplace, to encourage collaboration between academia and industry, and to train students, faculty, and other researchers to understand innovation and entrepreneurship.

Apply Here


SBIR & STTR Phase 1 Grant Solicitations - National Science Foundation

NSF

Application Deadline: June 14, 2018
The NSF Program encourages proposals across all areas of science and engineering. Proposals are accepted in almost any area of technology that shows promise of high commercial and/or societal impact.

Grant solicitation details: National Science Foundation SBIR & STTR Phase 1 Grant Solicitations


USF I-Corps: Six Week Session Spring 2018

USF I-Corps

When: Tuesdays, February 6, 13, 27, March 6, 20, 27
Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: USF Research & Innovation
Apply: Complete and submit the Application Form
USF I-Corps Program Flyer (PDF)
If you have an idea for a product, technology or service, apply now to find out how to take it to the next level. The USF I-Corps program will hold a 6-session course for USF faculty and students looking to launch an idea into the marketplace. Selected teams will receive a grant of up to $3,000, and learn how to find and talk with potential future customers, develop a successful business model canvas, and explore ways to develop their ideas into a commercial product.
(Note: This session is for pre-selected teams only. To apply for the next session, please fill out the application form.)


New funding opportunity from the National Institute of Health (NIH) relevant to recent I-Corps teams

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Submission Date: Friday, December 22, 2017, 5pm ET
Winners Announced: Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Are you a biomedical scientist who believes that he/she has a research idea for a biotech start-up?

In addition to seeking fundamental knowledge, NIH’s mission also includes applying that knowledge from research to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability. To help accomplish this mission, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) recently re-issued the "$100,000 for Start a SUD Startup" Challenge.

The goal of this Challenge is to enable scientists to test the hypothesis that their research idea or fundamental research can be transformed into a biotech startup. Each Challenge winner will receive $10,000 to empower their research-based ideas and develop a minimal viable proof (MVP) of a product. If customers validate the project idea, winners are encouraged to create or further advance their biotech startup no later than 6 months after the prize is awarded. Post Challenge, NIDA staff will provide dedicated assistance and guidance about the NIH grant submission process, including submissions for the SBIR/STTR grants.

Challenge details: The 2017 "$100,000 for Start a SUD Startup" Challenge (Challenge.gov)


USF I-Corps: Six Week Session Fall 2017

USF I-Corps

When: Thursdays, October 5, 12, 26, November 2, 9, 16
Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: USF Research & Innovation
Apply: Complete and submit the Application Form
USF I-Corps Program Flyer (PDF)
If you have an idea for a product, technology or service, apply now to find out how to take it to the next level. The USF I-Corps program will hold a 6-session course for USF faculty and students looking to launch an idea into the marketplace. Selected teams will receive a grant of up to $3,000, and learn how to find and talk with potential future customers, develop a successful business model canvas, and explore ways to develop their ideas into a commercial product.


USF Site I-Corps sessions at the Student Incubator

USF I-Corps

When: Thursday, October 12, 2017
            Thursday, October 26, 2017
            Thursday, November 9, 2017
Where: College of Engineering
The USF I-Corps program will hold a 3-session course for USF Student Incubator participants looking to launch an idea into the marketplace. Teams will learn how to find and talk with potential future customers, develop a successful business model, and explore ways to develop their ideas into a commercial product. (NOTE: This session is for pre-selected teams only. To apply for the next I-Corps session, please see more information about I-Corps.)


I-Corps National Team Mentor Pitch to the USF Muma DBA Cohorts

USF I-Corps

When: Friday, October 13, 2017
Time: 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Where: Muma College of Business
Invited USF I-Corps site teams have been selected for a Mentor Pitch in front of the USF Muma DBA program. This is a great opportunity to network with 85 potential mentors who are seasoned professionals from across the Tampa Bay region, toward building a strong team for the prestigious national-level NSF I-Corps program. (NOTE: This session is for pre-selected teams only. To apply for the next I-Corps session, please see more information about I-Corps.)


SBIR/STTR Phase I Proposal Writing Workshop: Featured Speaker - Jim Greenwood

I-Corps Mix & Mingle

When: Thursday, September 7, 2017
Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Where: USF CONNECT - Oak View Room
3802 Spectrum Blvd., Tampa, FL 33612
Admission is FREE, but RSVP is required, as space is limited.
RSVP: usfconnectsbir.eventbrite.com
Workshop Flyer (PDF)
This workshop is specifically designed to lead you step-by-step through the process of applying for Research and Development grants and contracts. All workshop participants will receive a binder with all materials presented at the workshop and will be eligible for a free review of a draft Phase 1 SBIR/STTR proposal any time within 1 year of the workshop date. Jim Greenwood of Greenwood Consulting Group is a renowned SBIR/STTR trainer and consultant recognized for his ability to break down the "complexity" of the application process to practical steps to position potential applicants for successful proposals and awards.


Summer Session "Bootcamp" Now Open for I-Corps Training

Summer Session Bootcamp

When: Thursdays, July 27, August 3, 10, & 17
Time: 2:00 - 5:00 PM
Where: USF Research Park
Apply: Complete and submit the Application Form
USF I-Corps Flyer (PDF)
If you have an idea for a product, technology or service, apply now to find out how to take it to the next level. The USF I-Corps program will hold a 4-session course for USF faculty and students looking to launch an idea into the marketplace. Selected teams will receive a grant of up to $3,000, and learn how to find and talk with potential future customers, develop a successful business model canvas, and explore ways to develop their ideas into a commercial product.


USF I-Corps Mix-and-Mingle Event

I-Corps Mix & Mingle

When: Thursday, April 13, 2017
Time: Noon - 1:30 PM
Where: The Galleria (USF Connect)
RSVP: vlstuart@usf.edu or call 813-974-0466
Come join us for a celebration of the graduation of the USF Spring 2017 cohort and a mixer with past, present, and future USF I-Corps Team members. Find out what I-Corps is all about, share experiences, and discover new opportunities.


USF I-Corps 6-Week "Bootcamp" Course

Bootcamp Course

When: Thursdays, March 2, 9, 23, 30; April 6 and 13
Time: 9:00 AM to Noon
Where: USF Research & Innovation
Apply: Complete this Application Form and return it by March 1
USF I-Corps Program Flyer (PDF)


USF I-Corps Mix-and-Mingle Event

I-Corps Mix & Mingle

When: Thursday, October 27, 2016
Time: Noon-1:00 PM
Where: The Galleria (USF CONNECT)
RSVP: E-mail or call 813-974-0466
USF is a national leader in the I-Corps Teams program. Interact with I-Corps participants, share experiences, and learn about "what’s next."

I-Corps Photo Gallery

View the Photo Gallery from the Event


Nurturing the Innovators of Tomorrow: Informational Panel about becoming an I-Corps Mentor

I-Corps Mentor

When: Monday, October 10, 2016
Time: 10-11:30 AM
Where: Oak View Room (Interdisciplinary Research Building), 3720 Spectrum Blvd.
RSVP: Contact Autumn Pandolfo by E-mail or call 813-974-6414
Nurturing the Innovators of Tomorrow Flyer (PDF)


Join us for an informative session to learn how you can become involved with the prestigious NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps™) and utilize your experience by participating as a business mentor. The I-Corps™ program is both rewarding and educational. Previous mentor, Matt Galvin of the USF National I-Corps 2016 San Francisco Cohort, shares his experience: "For me, I like helping graduates get started on their careers and I really like helping people get exposed to entrepreneurship. I-Corps is a program that lets me do that."



USF I-Corps: Six Week Session Fall 2016

USF I-Corps

When: September 22 - October 27, 2016
Time: Thursdays, 9:00 AM - Noon
This six-week intensive course assists teams of university scientists and graduate students evaluate the commercial potential of their ideas and inventions. The teams also actively participate in customer discovery activities to learn lean startup and entrepreneurial concepts. (To apply, please fill out the application form.)




Customer Discovery & Engagement Workshop by Oscar Rodriguez

Oscar Rodriguez

When: Thursday, September 29, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM - Noon
Where: CUTR, Room 102
RSVP: vlstuart@usf.edu or 813-974-0466



USF I-Corps Boot Camp: Spring Semester 2016

USF I-Corps Boot Camp

When: January 22 – February 26, 2016
Time: Fridays, 9:00 AM - Noon
This six-week intensive course assists teams of university scientists and graduate students in getting their ideas and inventions into the marketplace, and in learning about entrepreneurship through first-hand experiences.
(Note: This session is for pre-selected teams only. To apply for the next session, please fill out the application form.)



Class Presentation by Colin Ake, Georgia Tech I-VentureLab

Colin Ake

February 2016

For its fourth class session on February 12, the inaugural USF Boot Camp hosted Colin Ake, of the Georgia Tech VentureLab, as a visiting guest presenter. Georgie Tech's VentureLab is recognized as the #2 startup incubator in North America, with 367 startups launched.



USF I-Corps: Overview – Catalyzing Research Translation

USF I-Corps Overview

When: Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM
Where: USF College of Engineering (ENB) Room 109
Moderator: Sudeep Sarkar, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Research & Innovation
Speakers: Jose Zayas-Castro, Ph.D.; Sanjukta Bhanja, Ph.D.; and Ismet Handzic, Ph.D.
USF I-Corps Panel Presentation Flyer (PDF)



October 2015

Customer Discovery & Engagement Workshop: An I-Corps Educational Workshop - Featuring J. Oscar Rodriguez

J. Oscar Rodriguez

When: Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM
Where: Interdisciplinary Research Building, Oak View Room, First Floor, 3720 Spectrum Blvd.
Speaker: J. Oscar Rodriguez
Please RSVP to jmendezh@usf.edu or call 813-974-6650
I-Corps Educational Workshop Event Flyer (PDF)

This informative and exciting workshop helped entrepreneurs become one step closer to ensuring their readiness to execute the customer discovery process.

In this workshop, new entrepreneurs will learn:

  • The basics of the customer portion of Business Model Canvas.
  • The importance of Assessing Market Fit for business offerings.
  • The need to identify their target customer archetypes.
  • How to identify customer Pains and determine the Gains offered by new solutions.
  • How to prepare for a first customer engagement and determine which customers to target first.
  • The process for engaging in real-world customer meetings, with the help of live customer engagement exercises.


September 2015

USF I-Corps Panel Presentation

USF I-Corps Research

When: Friday, September 18, 2015
Time: Noon
Where: USF College of Nursing, Room MDN 1032
Moderator:Sudeep Sarkar, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Research & Innovation
Speakers: Clifford R. Merz, Ph.D., Ivy Drexler, Ph.D., Kyle Reed, Ph.D.
USF I-Corps Panel Presentation Flyer (PDF)

This panel of previous participants discussed how this innovative program offers real-world tools to help transform your ideas and technology into commercial opportunity that can generate revenue and benefit society.



August 2015

USF I-Corps Overview – Inaugural Session

When: Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Time: 11:00 AM
Where: Interdisciplinary Research Building (IDRB) Oak View Room, First Floor 3720 Spectrum Blvd.
Moderator:Sudeep Sarkar, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Research & Innovation
Speakers: Clifford R. Merz, Ph.D., Kyle B. Reed, Ph.D., and Ivy Drexler, Ph.D.
USF I-Corps Overview (PDF)

The University of South Florida (USF) has been named an I-Corps™ Site by the National Science Foundation (NSF), becoming the second site in Florida and one of only three dozen institutions around the country to earn the designation. This inaugural workshop about the new USF I-Corps program featured a panel of previous I-Corps participants who shared their real-world experiences and talked about how the program works.


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