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NYCRIN Testimonials

"NYCRIN is dedicated to teaching technology entrepreneurship and performing research that advances this endeavor. Its aim is to become a global leader in technology innovation and entrepreneurial business development by leveraging the existing innovation ecosystem in New York City."

Gillian Small, Ph.D., NYCRIN Principal Investigator, City University of New York

"I learned a lot from the I-Corps experience and I feel like my strategies toward my research have also changed. I am grateful for the time [the teaching team] spent reviewing my business canvas and interviews and providing [their] advice."

Omid Dehzangi, EL,
NYCRIN April 2013 Cohort

"The [I-Corps] program, along with the entire 'Teaching Team', was outstanding, even for someone who thinks they know a lot about the world of startups. It was, as they say, a valuable learning experience for me as a Mentor, as well as for our Team."

Tom Harrison, IM, NYCRIN April 2013 Cohort

"Thanks again for a job well done!!!!! Everyone I reached out to the last couple of days had nothing negative to say. At times, PIs, mentors or ELs would approach me on their own and offer ONLY positive comments about both the curriculum and the instructors."

Rathindra (Babu) DasGupta, Program Director, I/UCRC and I-Corps

"I'd like to thank you all for guiding us throughout the customer discovery process."

Maciej Pietrusinski, EL, NYCRIN April 2013 Cohort

"Thank you so much for your constant support and advice in training me towards entrepreneurship. The program was fun and educational at the same time."

Raviprasad Aduri, Ph.D., EL, NYCRIN April 2013 Cohort

"Thank you again for being a critical (literally!) part of the I-Corps program for me. It was a great experience and I learned a lot."

Linda Plano, IM, NYCRIN April 2013 Cohort

Entrepreneurial Curriculum Immersion

I-Corps Teams members are required to attend a three-day Entrepreneurial Immersion course together (locations and dates are posted under the Program Dates tab). The I-Corps curriculum provides real-world, hands-on, experiential learning about what it takes to successfully transfer knowledge into products and processes that benefit society. The approach to develop the technology disposition will be a structured hypothesis/validation approach. The Entrepreneurial Lead will be responsible for proceeding along a content-guided path to develop, over the course of the six-month I-Corps Teams grant, a final technology-disposition plan.

Commitment to Pursue Online Curriculum

The majority of the I-Corps course is an inverted classroom setting in which the teams return to their home institution and “get out of the building” to conduct a total of 100 customer interviews. Through these interviews, the team will determine with what customer segment and corresponding value proposition their technology can ease pain points or provide gains. Each team must commit to pursuing a formal hypothesis-validation approach using the Business Model Canvas to identify and mitigate gaps in knowledge in the following seven areas:

  1. Value Proposition of the proposed product or service
  2. Customer/User-case and pain point
  3. Demand Creation
  4. Channel Development
  5. Revenue Model
  6. Partnership Strategy
  7. Resource Requirement

Expectations for Outcomes

  • New start-up business
  • Licensing
  • SBIR Proposal
  • A business plan suitable for review by third-party investors
  • Students prepared to be entrepreneurially competitive
  • New curriculum development or improvement in current curriculum