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Spring 2023 University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign I-Corps Course

February 8, 2023 @ 4:00 pm - March 22, 2023 @ 6:30 pm CST

I-Corps Short Courses use the Lean LaunchPad method to give participants a working knowledge of how to think about their innovation ideas from a business and customer perspective, as well as how to conduct customer discovery interviews; the first step in any commercialization process. This course provides a set of skills and entrepreneurial knowledge that can be applied to any career path.
Location: EnterpriseWorks, 60 Hazelwood Dr, Champaign, IL 61820. This course will be held in-person on campus, but it is open to non-university participants as well.

Learning Objectives

  • Develop familiarity with Lean LaunchPad concepts and tools such as customer discovery, ecosystem mapping, and the Business Model 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)
  • Receive up to $1,000 in funding for customer discovery-related expenses including but not limited to virtual conference fees and premium LinkedIn accounts (NSF eligible teams only)
  • 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

  • Wednesday, February 8 | 4:00-5:30pm CT
  • Wednesday, February 22 | 4:00-6:30pm CT
  • Wednesday, March 8 | 4:00-6:30pm CT
  • Wednesday, March 22 | 4:00-6:30pm CT


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





February 8, 2023 @ 4:00 pm CST
March 22, 2023 @ 6:30 pm CST
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60 Hazelwood Dr.
Champaign, IL United States
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