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University of Michigan I-Corps – Fall 2023

October 13 @ 9:00 am - November 17 @ 11:00 am EDT


Lean Launchpad 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. The short courses are typically open to non-university participants as well. The 2023 fall short course will be held virtually.

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

  • 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.

Course Schedule

All course sessions occur virtually via Zoom on Fridays from 9:00-11:00AM ET.
  • October 13
  • October 20
  • November 3
  • November 17

Not sure if this program is the right fit for you? Contact knoefler@umich.edu! 

Please fill out the following application and you will be contacted by program staff regarding acceptance.




October 13 @ 9:00 am EDT
November 17 @ 11:00 am EDT
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University of Michigan
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