About USF I-Corps

NSF I-Corps at the University of South Florida

Do you have a research idea that you think has commercial potential down the line? Do you dream of starting a company sometime in the future?

If your answers are yes, then the I-Corps program is right for you. Apply to participate in the USF NSF I-Corps Site Program.

NSF I-Corps is a public-private partnership program that teaches university entrepreneurs with a targeted curriculum to identify valuable product opportunities that can emerge from academic research, and offers entrepreneurship training to participants.

The University of South Florida is an I-Corps Site, which is geared for developing potential I-Corps Team projects and providing an entrepreneurial program for potential faculty and graduate student teams to complete together to assess their business potential. I-Corps Sites will 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.

With the support and mentorship of the Sites, the teams learn first-hand about entrepreneurship and explore the transition of their ideas, devices, processes or other intellectual activities into the marketplace.

With the National Science Foundation (NSF) I-Corps Site program at USF, you have a unique opportunity to learn and explore commercial potential of your idea. The program will teach you, through its unique NSF recognized LeanLaunch PadTM curriculum, how to mature a research idea with commercial potential into a commercially viable prototype design.

Intro to I-Corps:

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USF is one of the 99 national sites designated for this training and one of only three in Florida. You will be part of a highly sought-after national movement and join the elite groups of innovators in the National Innovation Network of I-Corps participants. If selected, you will join the select group of I-Corps Fellows at USF.

  • 339 I-Corps Site teams
  • 34 I-Corps National teams
  • Post I-Corps: 23 startup companies funded with more than $12.5 million

The I-Corps Site at USF provides infrastructure, advice, resources, networking opportunities, training and modest funding to explore the transition of your ideas, devices, processes or other intellectual activities into the marketplace.

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The NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program is a suite of activities and programs that aim to:

  • Prepare scientists and engineers to extend their focus beyond the laboratory
  • Broaden the impact of basic-research projects by translating technology into commercial products

With the I-Corps Sites Program, the National Science Foundation is trying to achieve a number of goals:

  • Accelerate the commercialization of new technologies, products and processes that arise from the nation's academic institutions.
  • Nurture students and/or faculty who are engaged in projects having the potential to be transitioned into the marketplace.
  • Develop formal, active, local innovation ecosystems that contribute to a larger, national network of mentors, researchers, entrepreneurs and investors.
  • Encourage collaboration between academia and industry.
  • Prepare local teams to engage competitively in NSF's I-Corps Teams Program (I-Corps Teams) and in SBIR and other competitions that support entrepreneurship.
  • Contribute to a National Innovation Network (NIN) of I-Corps Sites, Nodes, Hubs, Mentors, and alumni-Teams from these entities.


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