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The Ohio State University I-Corps

May 24 @ 9:00 am - June 28 @ 11:00 am EDT


Ohio State I-Corps

Registration is now closed. Questions can be directed to Brian Genide, genide.3@osu.edu.


The Ohio State University I-Corps course will help you explore the commercial viability of your innovation. The Lean Launchpad approach is a process to help you systematically test key assumptions about your technology/product/service and the customer problems it may solve. This process will help you narrow your focus as you test specific hypotheses about your proposed product/service.


Learning Objectives

  • Develop familiarity with Lean LaunchPad concepts and tools such as customer discovery, ecosystem mapping, and the Value Proposition Canvas
  • Understand customers’ problems (“pain points”) from THEIR perspective
  • Map your customer ecosystem to understand customer roles, requirements, and decision processes
  • Build connections to the commercial ecosystem (i.e. customers, suppliers, funders) for your innovation

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).
  • 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

  • May 24, 2024, In-person Orientation at the IMR Innovation Lab from 9-11am ET
  • May 31, 2024, on Zoom from 9-11am ET
  • June 7, 2024, on Zoom from 9-11am ET
  • June 14, 2024, on Zoom from 9-11am ET
  • June 28, 2024, In-person- finale at the IMR Innovation Lab from 9-11am ET


May 24 @ 9:00 am EDT
June 28 @ 11:00 am EDT
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The Ohio State University – IMR Innovation Lab
1381 Kinnear Rd
Columbus, OH 43212 United States