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Michigan Technological University I-Corps

August 26 - October 14


MTU I-Corps

Entrepreneurially minded graduate and undergraduate students, faculty, staff, alumni, and local community teams are invited to join the Michigan Tech I-Corps cohort. The program is structured around the lean startup teaching methods and principles used by NSF’s National I-Corps Program. The purpose of the NSF-funded I-Corps Hub Program is to foster entrepreneurship that will lead to the commercialization of technology and to develop team readiness for the teams going on to the National I-Corps program.


Michigan Tech and affiliate institution teams who complete the five-week workshop and customer discovery process may be eligible to apply for the following opportunities:

Participation in the program can lead to qualification for research and other funding from several granting agencies, including the NSF I-Corps and SBIR/STTR/PFI programs and various state and regional programs. Past participants have reported that they saved time and money by better understanding potential applications of their technology, experienced improved engagement with teams, and improved their ability to receive add-on funding.

Course Benefits

  • Exploring pathways to startup launch.
  • Evaluating the potential of research discoveries or technologies.
  • Discovering the societal impact of innovations as usable technologies.
  • Enhancing research proposals for securing funding.
  • Obtaining eligibility to apply for $50,000 grant from the National NSF I-Corps team grant.


Course Schedule

All meetings will be held virtually on Zoom.

Pre-meetings: 8/26 – 8/30
Workshop 1: 9/9, 4:00 – 6:30 pm ET
Workshop 2: 9/16, 4:00 – 6:30 pm ET
Workshop 3: 9/30, 4:00 – 6:30 pm ET
Workshop 4: 10/7, 4:00-6:30 pm ET
Workshop 5: 10/14, 4:00-6:30 pm ET


Please fill out the following application and you will be contacted by program staff regarding acceptance. Questions can be directed to Lisa Casper, lcasper@mtu.edu



August 26
October 14
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