How to Participate
I-Corps @ USF
USF I-Corps can help your ideas become a springboard to your future. This revolutionary training program is an intensive immersion in how to find the business model behind your idea, with hands-on, real-world experience with faculty and business experts. It is about the customer discovery process — the first step towards your startup or commercialization.
- If you are a student (graduate, undergraduate or postdoctoral scholar) or a faculty member who has a startup or idea based on research conducted at USF and you would like to explore the commercial potential of your idea, apply to participate in an I-Corps team for a short 6-week intensive program.
- Find and talk with potential future customers
- Develop a successful business model canvas
- Fine-tune your idea into a commercially viable product
You'll be provided with up to $3,000 and matched with a team, including a mentor and a faculty expert, to give you personalized help to:
At the end of the program, you'll have the opportunity to compete against other teams for the chance to further refine your business model in the NSF national training program using a $50,000 grant, or explore further funding opportunities to build your proof-of-concept.
Check our Calendar of Events page for dates of the next I-Corps program.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in more information.
- If you are a student (undergraduate or graduate) who has a startup idea, but have not yet developed the idea into a product design, learn more about the I-Corp Lean Launch Pad process:
- Register for courses. Check OASIS for the times and dates the following classes offered each semester.
- Enroll in the Social Entrepreneurship Course offered through both the College of Business and College of Engineering.
- Graduate Level: ENT 6930
- Undergraduate Level: MAN 4930
- If you are an undergraduate student in the College of Engineering, you can register for the Capstone Design Course offer by Industrial Systems and Management Engineering, EIN 4890 Capstone Design.