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Innovation to Impact: Missouri University of Science and Technology I-Corps

July 11 @ 4:00 pm - August 15 @ 6:00 pm CDT


Course Description

This local NSF I-Corps-based program offered by Missouri S&T is a six week course designed to provide researchers and innovators with the skills and tools necessary to identify and validate customer needs, develop a compelling value proposition, and achieve product-market fit.


This virtual course will cover:

  • Principles of customer discovery
  • Interviewing techniques
  • Survey design
  • Identifying your value proposition


Participants will learn how to use these insights to develop a unique value proposition and refine their product offering to meet the needs of their target market. Through hands-on exercises, case studies, and expert mentorship, participants will gain a deeper understanding of the innovation process and how to increase their chances of commercial success.


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).
  • Upon completion of the workshop and the customer discovery interviews, you and/or your team may be eligible for for a mini-grant of ~$500. Funds may reimbursed customer discovery interview travel expenses.  
  • Prepare for applying to the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) or Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.
  • Gain valuable market insight to inform the next steps in your research and/or development.
  • Develop network connections and receive mentoring from experienced industry experts and entrepreneurs.
  • Develop the entrepreneurial mindset and toolset needed for a career in academia, industry, startups, or government.

Course Schedule

All times listed in Central Time Zone and events will be held virtually.
  • Thursday, July 11, 4-6pm
  • Thursday, July 18, 4-6pm
  • Thursday, July 25, 4-6pm
  • Thursday, August 1, 4-6pm
  • Thursday, August 8, 4-6pm
  • Thursday, August 15, 4-6pm
Registration Deadline is July 5th, 11:59 pm.
Please fill out the following application and you will be contacted by program staff regarding acceptance. Questions can be directed to Taisia Gordon, tgordon@mst.edu


July 11 @ 4:00 pm CDT
August 15 @ 6:00 pm CDT
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