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I-Corps Experience Opportunities

Current Opportunities  

 

The UH I-Corps Faculty Info Sessions 

When: 

  • Lunch and Learn - Tuesday, November 13 at 12pm 
  • Breakfast Eye Opener - Wednesday, November 14 at 9am 

Where: UH Faculty Cafe in E-Cullen 

What: Learn more about the NSF Innovation Corps program at our faculty info sessions. 

I-Corps provides resources and support for UH faculty and students who are interested in pursuing innovation and entrepreneurial activities here at UH. The UH I-Corps Site provides a very early means of testing whether or not a nascent idea or technology has commercial potential. We do this through a number of different programs that will be discussed at these informational meetings. 

Participants in introductory UH I-Corps programming are eligible to receive up to $1,500 in support and potential lineage to the NSF National program. Participants in the National I-Corps program participate in a program with other educators and students pursuing commercialization of their technology, and receive a $50,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. 

RSVP here 

 

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The UH Intro to I-Corps Winter Workshop 

What is it?

The UH Intro to I-Corps Summer Workshop experience is an opportunity for students and faculty to learn more about how to launch their startup using Lean Launch and customer discovery methodologies. The workshop is a limited experience, involving a half day workshop introducing students to the methodology and completion of interviews and several deliverables. There is a $500 stipend available for students or faculty who successfully complete the workshop. This will also qualify teams to move forward with the I-Corps program, including Regional and National experiences which will allow them to receive grants up to $50,000.

Who can participate? 

Any UH faculty member or student who is working on launching a tech startup, and wants to validate the customer need.

What is required?

Participants are required to participate in the opening and closing workshops and complete deliverables in between the workshops. The first workshop will take place on Friday, December 7 from 10am - 3pm. Participants will be expected to attend the entire session. Then, participants will be required to complete 15 customer interviews and develop a presentation on the deliverables in the weeks following the workshop. In the second workshop, participants will attend a closing session on Friday, January 11 at 1pm to discuss their learnings.

How can you apply? 

Please fill out the Intro to I-Corps Winter Workshop application by November 30. 

 

 

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Upcoming Opportunities

 

Formal Short Course Experiences

What is it?

Participants will learn about the process of launching a startup including: how to find the right customer, bringing value to your customer, and how to handle intellectual property. Participants are expected to be in attendance all day in the opening workshop. Participants are also expected to participate in two follow up meetings in the two weeks following the workshops with the I-Corps leadership team. These will include one check-in and one report out.

Successful completion of this workshop makes the participants eligible for a stipend of up to $1,500, as well as eligible to apply to the I-Corps national program; which is a more extensive startup curriculum and customer interview process. The national program comes with a $50,000 grant from the National Science Foundation.

Who can participate? 

Ideally, students and/or faculty members that already have an idea, concept or technology that they believe has a commercial application will apply to the program after forming an entrepreneurial team (E-Team).

An E-Team consists of:

  • a faculty member,
  • at least one student,
  • and an external mentor that has had previous experience in accelerating a similar idea or technology to market.

It can be the student(s), the faculty member or both who are responsible for the idea or technology which the E-Team would like to explore. Other team compositions will be accepted on a case-by-case basis.

Alternatively, students and/or faculty members that are not already members of an existing E-Team but would like to explore forming or joining a new E-Team are encouraged to apply to the program. By registering on the UH I-CORPS SITE and providing some general information about your idea/technology, area of expertise and your interest in forming or joining an E-Team, you will be provided with a list of potential E-team members and/or mentors who are also interested in the UH I-CORPS SITE program.

What is required?

These workshops are typically two weeks in length, requiring attendance at both an opening and closing workshop. In between these workshops, teams are expected to 

How can you apply? 

At this time there are no scheduled Regional Short Courses. Subscribe to the UH I-Corps newsletter to hear more about upcoming opportunities and how to apply. 

 

National I-Corps Workshop

What is it?

The National I-Corps program supports teams throughout a six week, intensive program. Teams who are seriously moving forward with their startup conduct extensive customer discovery to learn if their startup has the product-market fit to move foward with their idea and customer. Teams work with mentors and instructors to learn more about the customer discovery process and get connected to potential customers. After successfully completing the program, teams are awarded a $50,000 grant to support their startup.

University of Houston assists in the application process to help teams successfully reach and complete the National I-Corps program.

Who can participate?

In order to participate in the National I-Corps Workshop, the team needs to successfully complete a regional activity and receive approval from the leadership team deploying the regional activity. Additionally, the requirements for team composition (or E-teams, listed above) are more strictly adhered to at the National level.

What does it require?

The National I-Corps program is a six week commitment that requires that teams attend an opening and closing workshop, each lasting 2-3 days. In between the workshops, teams are expected to complete 100 customer interviews and regularly check in with the I-Corps team about their progress. 

How can you apply? 

After completing the Regional Short Course activity, and receiving approval from the I-Corps instructor to move forward, you can apply to the National Program by contacting Kelly McCormick at kelly@redlabs.uh.edu to receive additional information. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and should you be accepted, you will be put in the next available cohort. 

 

Other Experiences

Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship

Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship is a degree program for students who are seeking an Entrepreneurship major. Several opportunities to engage in I-Corps related curriculum are offered throughout the completion of the degree.

You can learn more on the Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship website

RED Labs

RED Labs, the University of Houston startup accelerator also supports student and faculty teams who are launching startups. The startup accelerator is a three month, immersive experience that is designed to provide startup curated curriculum, mentorship and other resources to support UH startups. Successful completion of this program also qualifies teams for the I-Corps award.

You can learn more on the RED Labs website

 

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Past Events & Workshops 

UH Campus LLC Workshops

UH Campus Info Sessions for Faculty

Southwestern Regional I-Corps Node Workshop/Short Courses

UH I-Corps Briefings