DC I-Corps Team Lead the Charge for Diversifying Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program at Atlanta University Center Consortium

March 9 (Washington, DC) –DC I-Corps announces that a Howard University (Howard) and George Washington University (GW) led I-Corps team for the Washington, DC node has been awarded a $30,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) Innovation Corps (I-Corps) grant. The grant will help further the team’s efforts to engage differently-abled individuals, minorities, and women in inclusive entrepreneurship beyond the DC-region.

The primary focus of the grant will be to provide I-Corps methodology training to Atlanta University Center Consortium (AUCC) faculty to support the acceleration and expansion of its entrepreneurship activities and invite them into the national innovation network.  

Spearheaded by I-Corp national instructors Grant Warner, PhD at Howard, and Daniel Kunitz, DC I-Corps Accelerator Director and member of the GW Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship leadership team, the team will train the Atlanta cohort to integrate the Lean Startup methodology into its entrepreneurship programs. The implementation of this practice will accelerate its innovation and technology-focused teams to build viable business models for new research or inventions and determine marketplace viability through customer exploration.  

“With our experience and successes in inclusive innovation, lean startup methodology, I-Corps training, and strategic design thinking, we are honored to be able further our efforts in the Atlanta, Ga. region,” says Grant Warner, PI, HU I-Corps Site and Director of Innovation, Graduate School, Howard University. “Our overall goal of the NSF grant is to further integrate Atlanta University Center into the larger network of national innovators. Long term, we want to ensure that people of color, disabilities, and other minorities across the country and globe are able to access STEM education, establish and grow their innovations, and build companies around their research and technologies.”

“When we, as a community of scientists, technologists, mathematicians, and researchers, are challenged with solving constantly evolving problems, we need to ensure that we are including everyone in that equation. We continue to be proud supporters and partners of the inclusive innovation mission Grant and his team at Howard University are launching beyond the Washington, DC region,” says Jim Chung, Co-PI, DC I-Corps Regional Node and Associate Vice President for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, George Washington University.

The Howard and GW-led site at AUCC are among eight sites selected to receive $30,000 in supplemental awards from the NSF to help pilot novel approaches and partnerships that promote inclusive entrepreneurship through I-Corps, according to an NSF release.

Sponsored by the NSF, DC I-Corps is a regional program designed to foster, grow, and nurture an innovation ecosystem throughout Washington, DC and is jointly run by the University of Maryland College Park, George Washington University, Virginia Tech, and Johns Hopkins University.

For additional information about the NSF award, please visit www.nsf.gov. To learn more about the DC I-Corps program, please visit www.dcicorps.org.

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About DC I-Corps
Sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), DC I-Corps is a regional program designed to foster, grow and nurture an innovation ecosystem in the nation’s capital, the nearby states of Maryland and Virginia, and the mid-Atlantic region. The program is jointly run by the University of Maryland College Park, George Washington University, Virginia Tech, and Johns Hopkins University. To learn more about DC I-Corps, please visit www.dcicorps.org.

About Howard University Graduate School
Howard University is a comprehensive, research intensive and historically black private university located in Washington, D.C. In 2016, the Graduate School celebrated 60 years of awarding the Ph.D. degree. The school has earned a national reputation for its leadership role in preparing future faculty who will help replenish and ensure diversity among the nation’s professoriate. The Graduate School has a growing focus on Innovation and Entrepreneurship to complement the University’s research mission. The HU I-Corps Site resides in the Graduate School. To lean more, please visit Howard.edu.

About George Washington University Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Founded in 2010, The George Washington University (GW) Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship is housed within the Office of the Vice President for Research and provides programming to support innovation, education, venture creation, and community to GW entrepreneurs and the Mid-Atlantic startup community. GW is among eleven universities worldwide designated as National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Nodes, which promote the Lean Startup Approach for building successful startups. To learn more, please visit GWU.edu.