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 email@example.com 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.
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, 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
- Intro to I-Corps Summer Workshop,
- Joint NextGen Innovation and Entrepreneurship / USPTO Program, June 19 - 21, 2018 - UH Innovation Center at UH Energy Research Park
- I-Corps Southwest Meet-up, June 19, 2017 - Agenda
- I-Corps Workshop, June 12, 2017 and June 23, 2017 - Agenda for Summer Workshop
- Entrepreneurship Resources Panel, February 10, 2017 - CEMO Hall, Room 105 | Agenda and Panel Slides
- Joint UH I-Corps Site/UH Division of Research Workshop, January 15th, 2016 - UH Innovation Center at UH Energy Research Park.
- UH Intro to I-Corps Winter Workshop, December 7, 2018 - January 11, 2019 at UH Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship
UH Campus Info Sessions for Faculty
- Fall Lunch and Learns - October 20, 2017, November 10, 2017 and December 8, 2017
- Spring Breakfast Eye Openers - March 20, 2018, March 21, 2018, and March 27, 2018
- Fall Info Sessions - November 13, 2018, and November 14, 2018
Southwestern Regional I-Corps Node Workshop/Short Courses
- Joint UH I-Corps Site/Rice University Southwest Regional I-Corps Node Workshop/Short Course, October 16th – October 28th, 2016
- Joint UH I-Corps Site/Rice University Southwest Regional I-Corps Node Workshop, March 23rd – April 1st, 2016.
UH I-Corps Briefings
- Christopher A. Smith, U.S. Department of Energy, Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy, UH Innovation Center, Wednesday, February 24th, 2016.