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University of Chicago Polsky I-Corps – Spring 2024

March 29 @ 9:30 am - May 10 @ 12:00 pm CDT

Free

Course Description

The Polsky Center I-Corps Program is a National Science Foundation-funded entrepreneurial program for teams working on ideas in the science, technology, mathematics, and engineering (STEM) fields. Teams including faculty, students, staff and alumni from the University of Chicago, Argonne National Laboratory, Fermilab, the Marine Biological Laboratory, and Chicago-area universities may apply for the program. No previous business or entrepreneurship experience is required.

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)
  • 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 (SBIR) programs.

Course Schedule

 

Application Deadline: February 5, 11:59pm CT

– Session 1: Friday, March 29: 9:30 – 11:30am

– Session 2: Friday, April 5: 9:30 – 11:30am

– Session 3: Friday, April 12: 9:30 – 11:30am

– Session 4: Friday, April 26: 9:30 – 11:30am

– Session 5: Friday, May 10: 9:30am – 12:00pm

 

Please fill out the following application and you will be contacted by program staff regarding acceptance. Questions can be directed to Ellen Zatkowski, ellen.zatkowski@chicagobooth.edu .
 

Details

Start:
March 29 @ 9:30 am CDT
End:
May 10 @ 12:00 pm CDT
Cost:
Free
Event Category:
Website:
https://polsky.uchicago.edu/programs-events/polsky-i-corps/

Organizer

University of Chicago
Phone
773.834.1522
Email
ellen.zatkowski@chicagobooth.edu
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Venue

Polsky Center
5807 S. Woodlawn Ave., Ste. 207
Chicago, 60637
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Phone
773-702-1692
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