The I-Corps curriculum provides a real-world, hands-on, immersive learning experience about how to transform innovations into successful products and services. It’s not about how to write a research paper, business plan, or grant proposal. The end result is not a publication, slide deck, or a scientific discovery.
Instead the entire I-Corps Team will be engaged with industry; talking to customers, partners, and competitors; and encountering the chaos and uncertainty of transforming innovations into successful commercial opportunities. The program will force you to get out of your laboratory, university, or garage – and will often push you beyond your comfort zone.
This curriculum requires full participation from the entire I-Corps Team. Each team member must commit to in-depth preparation, attendance at the lectures and workshops, and WebEx conference calls. If you cannot commit 15-20 hours per week, the DC I-Corps effort is not for you.
We aren’t sitting in a room figuring out anything. We get out of the room, which is where the answers are found.David Hartman, Mentor-in-Residence, University of Michigan Technology Transfer Office