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I-Corps Experience Opportunities


 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 conduct customer discovery.  

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 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