About USF I-Corps

I-Corps Calendar of Events

Upcoming Events:

USF I-Corps: Six Week Workshop Fall 2022

Out of the box idea

When: Mondays, September 19, 26, October 10, 17, 31 and November 7
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Where: USF Research Park
Deadline to apply: September 9, 2022
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 workshop 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 at Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR)

transportation technology

When: Wednesdays, June 22, July 6, and July 20
Time: 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Where: Where: Online via MS Teams

The USF I-Corps program will hold a 3-session course focused on transportation research. Selected teams will learn how to find and talk with potential future customers, develop a successful business model canvas, and explore ways to direct transportation research for widespread impact, benefitting a greater number of end users. (Note: This session is for pre-selected teams only. To apply for the next session in Fall 2022, please fill out the application form.)


NASA I-Corps™ Pilot: Upcoming Informational Webinar

NASA

Who: Teams with at least three members / non-governmental organizations. (For-profit institutions are not eligible to propose.)
When: Wednesday, June 29, 2022
Time: 12:00 p.m. ET
Register: Webinar Registration
Contact: margaret.a.yancey@nasa.gov

NASA is piloting a program to help innovators in academia and at other research non-profits learn how to transition their technology to market by providing access to the NSF I-Corps program. The NASA I-Corps™ Pilot aims to accelerate the transition of promising ideas from the lab to the marketplace while encouraging collaboration between academia and industry. The NASA I-Corps™ Pilot will support teams with access to training in innovation and entrepreneurship skills through a grant, up to $10K, and the opportunity to apply for additional funding, up to $40K.

Proposals may be submitted at any time through March 29, 2023, but applications will be reviewed in intervals on the following dates: July 22, 2022; Sept. 16, 2022; Nov. 17, 2022; and Jan. 20, 2023.

The Informational Webinar will: (1) provide an overview of the NASA I-Corps Pilot, (2) describe the proposal process and requirements, and (3) allow for webinar attendees to submit questions. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions to the NASA I-Corps Pilot Point of Contact and the National Science Foundation's I-Corps Program Director, Dr. Ruth Shuman.


VentureLab & I-Corps South Female Founders Speaker Series: How She Built It

Angie Roberts

When: Wednesday, June 29, 2022
Time: 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Where: Online
Register: Registration

VentureLab and I-Corps South is hosting our Female Founders Speaker Series on Wednesday, June 29th from 12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. EST. We are excited to welcome Angie Roberts, creator of Amazing Gray Personal Styling. Angie has been styling women of all ages, body types and lifestyles since 2014. What started as a lifelong love for style and fashion has grown into a deep desire to help women take their career to the next level through personal style and creating a personal brand. Although Angie has styled for large national names like Garden and Gun magazine, she prefers the intimacy of personal styling for each client’s needs and building a lifelong relationship. Angie offers in-person and virtual services from personal shopping, wardrobe styling, event styling, corporate workshops and style presentations. Angie takes the time to truly understand each client and help them craft their ideal personal style and wardrobe.


Federal Funding 101: Tapping into the SBIR/STTR Program to Bring Your Technology to Market

Federal Funding 101

When: Thursday, July 14, 2022
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Where: Online
Register: Registration

Elizabeth Nelson will provide a high-level overview of the federal Small Business Innovation Research & Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) programs which provide non-dilutive funding for small businesses bringing new innovations to market. They often provide early investment into high-tech start-ups and can be leveraged to build research collaborations with university faculty. Join us to learn the basics of the program including eligibility, the application process, and tips for developing a successful application. Elizabeth will also provide information on the Florida High Tech Corridor Matching Grants Research Program, a valuable funding source for local companies collaborating with USF faculty.


Predictability in Medical Device Innovation for Startups

Predictability in Medical Device Innovation for Startups

When: May 26, 2022
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Where: Online
Learn more and register: Registration

In this presentation, Hilda Scharen will provide background information about the FDA's regulation of medical devices, share insight on the latest FDA program designed to support medical device innovation for start-ups, and share examples of qualified tools. Assessment methods are not only costly but take time to develop for start-ups and innovators. There can be uncertainty whether those methods will be accepted by FDA when incorporated in medical devices. This presentation focuses on a pathway for new and emerging technologies that can provide assurance for investors that these innovative methods are viable. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration Medical Device Development Tools (MDDT) program aims to streamline the approval process for devices with emerging tech via a library of regulatory science tools that have been scientifically validated and qualified.


2022 Tampa Inventivity Tour and Cade Prize for Innovation Kick Off

Cade Museum

When: Thursday, May 12, 2022
Time: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Where: Discovery Hall, USF Research Park
Registration required: Reception Registration

Since 2010, the Cade Prize has celebrated innovation by identifying, recognizing, and celebrating Florida-based inventors and entrepreneurs, who, through an innovative invention, demonstrate a creative approach to addressing problems in their field of expertise. As one of the largest cash prize competitions for innovation in Florida, the Cade Prize has drawn hundreds of creative thinkers from diverse sectors, from Pensacola to Miami, who enter cutting-edge inventions with real market potential. The Cade Prize has awarded $50,000 in past years. In 2021, thanks to a generous pledge by Scott R. MacKenzie, the Cade Prize awarded $64,000: $34,000 for first place, $13,000 for second place, $8,000 for third place, $5,000 for fourth place, $3,000 for fifth place and $1,000 for the People’s Choice.

Several USF I-Corps teams have won the Cade Prize!


I-Corps South Female Founders Startup Bootcamp

USF I-Corps

When: Information session March 31st from 12-1:00 p.m. EST
Program kickoff April 14th:
Thurs 04/14: 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Tues 04/19: 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Tues 04/26: 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Tues 05/03: 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Tues 05/10: 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Where: Online
Register for Info Session March 31st
Apply to the cohort

Are you looking for a new type of startup program that centers on women empowering women? The Female Founders Startup Bootcamp is a 5-week virtual program open to all women and those who identify as female who are considering a startup. Teams will gain access to invaluable approaches, resources, advice and the opportunity to grow their network with like-minded women leaders and inventors.

This program is open to female entrepreneurs or female-led entrepreneurial teams from across the South. Participants in this program are coached by VentureLab’s female startup instructors in the techniques behind The Lean Startup methodology and will be expected to conduct customer discovery interviews to evaluate your market potential. Accepted teams will receive $5,000 to be used for customer discovery.


USF I-Corps: Six Week Workshop Spring 2022

USF I-Corps

When: Mondays, February 7, 14, 28, March 7, 21, 28
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Where: USF Research Park
Deadline to apply: January 28, 2022
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 workshop 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.)


FAU-FIU-UM-USF I-Corps for Life Sciences

USF I-Corps

Schedule: Wednesday, December 1, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.: Kickoff Workshop. Wednesday, December 8 - Friday, December 10: Attend BioFlorida Conference to complete 20 customer discovery interviews. Wednesday, December 15, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.: Finale/Lessons Learned.

Where: Online
Apply Now!: Registration is limited to 15 teams
Complete and submit the Application Form
FAU-FIU-USF I-Corps Program Flyer (PDF)
(Note: This session is for pre-selected teams only.)
Questions? Contact us at I-Corps@usf.edu.

Are you a life sciences faculty or student and want to attend the BioFlorida Conference? Join this virtual December I-Corps cohort run in collaboration with FAU, FIU and UM for a life sciences based cohort. This is a short program for teams interested in commercializing their research. Teams may consist of students and/or faculty.


USF I-Corps at Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR)

transportation

When: Wednesdays, September 15, September 29, and October 13
Time: 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Where: Online via MS Teams
The USF I-Corps program will hold a 3-session course focused on transportation research. Selected teams will 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.)


USF I-Corps: Six Week Session Fall 2021

USF I-Corps

When: Mondays, September 20, 27, October 11, 18, November 1, 8
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Where: USF Research Park
Deadline to apply: September 10, 2021
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.)


2021 Growth Accelerator Fund Competition and SBIR Catalyst Competition

Application Deadline: July 2, 2021
The SBA seeks proposals from the nation’s innovation-focused entrepreneur support organizations (ESOs) that outline programs to speed the launch, growth, and scale of deep-tech small businesses across the country. Applicants should submit a 12-slide deck and a 90-second video, addressing the relevant elements of one of the following tracks, by no later than 4:00 EDT on July 2, 2021.
Competition Details: 2021 Growth Accelerator Fund Competition and SBIR Catalyst Competition


Business of Biotech

USF I-Corps

When: March 25 and 26
Join Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa for a free virtual conference. Business of Biotech is a signature event that attracts 400 biotech executives, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, angel investors and researchers from across the U.S. and is a unique opportunity to meet and collaborate with the innovators of our age. Learn more.


Connecting with USF’s Research and Innovation Expertise: An Overview of the Florida High Tech Corridor Program

USF I-Corps

When: February 23, 2021
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
This event will provide valuable information to regional companies interested in working with USF to solve pressing research problems and expand their talent pipeline. The Florida High Tech Corridor program can provide additional support for collaborative research projects between companies and USF researchers. This session will feature Corridor CEO Paul Sohl, USF Connect Program Director Shannon Pastizzo, USF Program Director Elizabeth Nelson, and Pranav Patel, SGN Nanopharma’s VP of R&D, resident of USF’s Tampa Bay Technology Incubator, and Corridor program participant. The panel will discuss how to engage with the University and the Florida High Tech Corridor Program in successful collaborations that can help you grow your business. Register Here.


USF I-Corps: Six Week Session Spring 2021

USF I-Corps

When: Mondays, February 8, 15 and March 1, 8, 22, 29
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Where: 100% Online
Deadline to apply: January 29, 2021
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.)


Deep Dive Into Deep Tech Incubation

NSF

Hear from the nation’s top thought leaders about how they are making an impact on the deep tech incubation ecosystem and accelerating commercialization for deep tech startups. For more information about this NSF-sponsored webinar series, visit https://deeptech.eventcreate.com

Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/deep-dive-into-deep-tech-incubation-series-tickets-114163867200

Part I How COVID-19 Is Affecting The Deep Tech Startup Ecosystem
Friday, September 25, 12 p.m. Eastern (90 min)

Part II Deep Tech Incubation Fundamentals and Best Practices
Friday, October 16, 12 p.m. Eastern (60 min)

Part III Deep Tech Incubation and Academia Nexus
Wednesday, November 18, 12 p.m. Eastern (60 min)

Part IV Deep Tech Venture Capital and Corporate Partnerships
Friday, December 18, 12 p.m. Eastern (60 min)


USF I-Corps: Six Week Session Fall 2020

USF I-Corps

When: Mondays, September 21, 28, October 12, 19, November 2, 9
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Where: 100% Online
Deadline to apply: September 11, 2020
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.)


Innovation Corps @ Department of Defense Program Opportunity

DOD

Application Deadline: June 15, 2020
The Department of Defense (DoD) is soliciting applications from current/recent DoD awardees on research topics to receive mentoring and funding to accelerate the transition and commercialization of the funded research. The I-Corps @ DoD program is designed to support the acceleration of research innovations from qualifying institutions by providing Principal Investigators (PIs) and students with training and mentorship in customer discovery and the commercialization process.

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.

Grant Details:I-Corps @ DoD Program


Bull Ring Accelerator Grant Opportunity

BRAG

Application Deadline: April 27, 2020
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


USF I-Corps: Six Week Session Spring 2020

USF I-Corps

When: Mondays, February 10, 17 & March 2, 9, 23, 30
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Where: USF Research Park
Deadline to apply: January 31, 2020
Apply: Complete and submit the Application Form
USF I-Corps Lunch and Learn 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.)


USF I-Corps Lunch and Learn at USF St. Petersburg

USF I-Corps

When: Friday, October 4, 2019
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Where: USF St. Petersburg Poynter Library
USF Faculty and Students: if you have an idea for a product, technology or service, join us at this Lunch and Learn to find how I-Corps can take you to the next level. Limited space available; RSVP to kelseydeck@usf.edu. Lunch is Provided!
USF I-Corps Lunch and Learn Flyer (PDF)


USF I-Corps: Six Week Session Fall 2019

USF I-Corps

When: Mondays, September 16, 23, October 7, 14, 28, November 4
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Where: USF Research Park
Deadline to apply: September 6, 2019
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.)


SBIR & STTR Phase 1 Grant Solicitations - National Science Foundation

NSF

Application Deadline: June 13, 2019
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 2019

USF I-Corps

When: Mondays, February 4, 11, 25, March 4, 18, 25
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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.)


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 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
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 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
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

calendar

Submission Date: Friday, December 22, 2017, 5p.m. 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 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
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 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
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 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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 Develop.m.ent 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 p.m.
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 p.m.
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 a.m. 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 p.m.
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 a.m.
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 a.m. - 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 a.m. - 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 a.m. - 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 a.m.
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 p.m.
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 a.m.
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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