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University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign I-Corps – Spring 2024

January 24, 2024 @ 4:00 pm - February 28, 2024 @ 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. Held on campus, the short courses are typically open to non-university participants as well.

Benefits of the Program

  • Develop best practices for conducting customer discovery and identifying key stakeholders.
  • Learn, practice, and hone your innovation skills. Improve the odds for commercial success.
  • Understand market trends and needs in your ecosystem.
  • Expand your network of like-minded peers, instructors, investors, customers, and mentors.
  • Obtain eligibility to apply for $50,000 grant from the National NSF I-Corps team grant.
  • Prepare for applying to the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) or Small Business Technology Transfer programs.

Learning Objectives

  • Familiarizing oneself with Lean LaunchPad concepts and tools like customer discovery, ecosystem mapping, and the Value Proposition Canvas.
  • Understanding customers’ problems (“pain points”) from their perspective.
  • Mapping the customer ecosystem to comprehend customer roles, requirements, and decision processes.
  • Establishing connections with the commercial ecosystem, including customers, suppliers, and funders, for innovation.


Course Schedule

  • 1/24 I-Corps Kickoff 4:00 – 5:30pm CT
  • 1/31 I-Corps Session #1 4:00 – 6:30pm CT
  • 2/14 I-Corps Session #2 4:00 – 6:30pm CT
  • 2/28 I-Corps Final Session 4:00 – 6:30pm CT


Please fill out the following application and you will be contacted by program staff regarding acceptance. Questions can be directed to Kearsa Rawson at klrawson@illinois.edu


January 24, 2024 @ 4:00 pm CST
February 28, 2024 @ 6:30 pm CST
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