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The New York Region I-Corps Hub runs various entrepreneurial training programs, events, and courses through our lead university, partners universities and affiliate universities. 

Upcoming Regional I-Corps Programs

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CUNY I-Corps x NYC Innovation Hotspot Virtual I-Corps Lean Bootcamp Course Spring 2024

Spring 2024 Lean Bootcamp Course (LBC) Dates:

Kickoff Session:

Friday, February 23, 2024, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM EST

Mid Session:

Friday, March 1, 2024, 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM EST

Finale Session:

Friday, March 8, 2024, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM EST

Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis until February 2, 2024, 12:00 PM

I-Corps Programs at Partner and Affiliate Institutions


Columbia University


Join a select group of entrepreneurs for a two-week virtual program designed to build your successful startup. Visit here


New York University


NYU faculty and researchers with research or an invention they are seeking to commercialize through a startup venture. Considering applying to I-Corps? Visit here


Rockefeller University


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Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai


The 12-week program for who are interested in learning how to develop a healthcare solution and build a commercial path that aims to impact the patient population. Visit here

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Stevens Institute of Technology



Stony Brook University



University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School


Does your latest discovery have commercial value? Would a potential "customer" of your research welcome your technology, protocol, or intervention? Visit here


University at Albany


UAlbany offered a three-week I-Corps program training and support for customer discovery, to help transition participants' ideas, devices, processes and intellectual activities into the marketplace. Visit here


Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


Teams start in the Spark program with research-based concepts and conduct interviews with potential customers as well as the business model canvas to understand the potential of launching a startup. Visit here

About the regional programs

  • In the Regional I-Corps program hosted by Hub universities, scientists and engineers take the first step in assessing if their research has the feasibility to become a product or service of benefit to society

  • Participants join the program in small teams (1+ or 2+ team members depending on course length) organized around the development and commercialization of a particular discovery
  • Teams engage in customer discovery research aimed at investigating the commercial viability and societal impact of a novel discovery or process in science, technology or engineering

  • You will build a foundation of your startup idea for future NSF I-Corps Teams Program, CUNY I-Corps and NYC Innovation Hot Spot programming

  • Innovators/Teams will learn the fundamental building blocks of the Lean Launchpad methodology –the Business Model Canvas, Customer Discovery and Agile Development 

Who should apply

  • Researchers and their lab colleagues who have developed a science or technology innovation at any university or college 

  • Students, undergraduate, graduate, Ph.D., and postdocs are best-eligible to serve as entrepreneurial leads

  • Teams can originate at any institution such as a university, college, medical school, hospital, or even community 

Forming a team

The first step in applying to join I-Corps is to form a team. Teams consist of at least three roles:

  • Entrepreneurial lead

    • The entrepreneurial lead may be a graduate student, postdoctoral scholar, undergraduate student or staff member with relevant knowledge of the technology or market and a commitment to investigate the potential opportunity for commercialization.

    • The role of the entrepreneurial lead is to drive the customer discovery process and support the transition of the technology into the marketplace if it demonstrates commercial viability.

      • Additional researchers or leads are welcome to serve as Co-Entrepreneurial Leads

  • Technical lead

    • The technical lead will often have been involved in creating the technology that forms the basis of the team’s business concept or possesses a high level of relevant technical expertise. The role of the technical lead is overall project management.

    • The technical lead is often a faculty member and, if a company is formed, plays a key leadership role such as a scientific advisor or chief technical officer.

  • Mentor

    • The industry mentor will typically be an experienced entrepreneur, intrapreneur or corporate innovator who serves as a third-party resource.

    • The role of the mentor is to guide the team forward and track progress.

    • Teams do not have to identify an industry mentor prior to application, but are encouraged to begin looking for one. Mentors can also be suggested by Hub instructors when necessary

Application Process

  • Submit an Executive Summary through the Hub Course Application

  • Schedule and undergo a 20-minute Zoom interview-onboarding call

  • NY Hub will review based on project potential and team commitment to the customer discovery process

  • Selected teams will receive a "Welcome Letter" and Syllabus with full details on the training program


Clarkson University 


At the Reh School of Business, entrepreneurial ventures and skill set innovation aren't something that happens outside of campus. It is part of who we are. Visit here

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