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Fall 2022 University of Akron/University of Toledo I-Corps

October 7 @ 9:00 am - November 18 @ 11:30 am EDT


Course Description

The I-Corps Program supports teams through an intensive 7-meeting critical evaluation. Our goal is to help faculty, students, and the community answer important questions about their business, product, or technology idea through coaching and direct customer interactions.

Learning Objectives

The I-Corps program can help you:

  • Get clarity on your customer
  • Learn and apply best practices on the business model canvas
  • Get direct feedback on your business idea
  • Expand your network and access needed resources
  • Level up your business!

Course Benefits

  • Become eligible for the NSF I-Corps National Teams program and $50,000 grant for qualifying technologies and teams (only deep-tech, university-based teams who complete at least 20-30 customer discovery interviews)
  • Learn, practice, and hone your innovation skills.
  • Improve the odds for commercial success.
  • Expand your network of like-minded peers, instructors, investors, customers, and mentors.
  • Prepare for applying to the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) or Small Business Technology Transfer programs.

Course Schedule

Week 1: Friday, October 7, 2022 (GroupMeeting)

Week 2: Friday, October 14, 2022 (IndividualMeeting)

Week 3: Friday, October 21, 2022 (GroupMeeting)

Week 4: Friday, October 28, 2022 (IndividualMeeting)

Week 5: Friday, November 4, 2022 (GroupMeeting)

Week 6: Friday, November 11, 2022 (Panel)

Week 7: Friday, November 18, 2022 (GroupMeeting final presentations)


All I-Corps meeting sessions will be held virtually.

Group Meetings will be held 9am – 11:30am EST. Individual Meetings will be scheduled for 30-minute time slots between 9am and 3pm EST on the dates listed.

Please fill out the following application and you will be contacted within 2 business days regarding acceptance. Questions can be directed to info@greatlakesicorps.org



October 7 @ 9:00 am EDT
November 18 @ 11:30 am EDT
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University of Akron
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