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Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned

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

The teams that have gone through the I-Corps course have learned some valuable lessons including:

  • The team makeup is an essential element of success.
  • In successful projects the PI and entrepreneurial lead worked as a team together with shared responsibilities.
  • Projects that failed had the PI as the "boss" and the entrepreneurial lead as the "gopher."
  • Teams that come in with a "point of view" on where the technology developed from the research can be deployed make more progress (platform technologies looking for applications make less progress).
  • Successful Mentors become masters of the customer development and business model canvas approach and keep the teams "on the path."
  • Effective mentors look for and address deviations or issues as they arise, calling on the instructors and NSF as needed.
  • If the team does not have the time to fully engage the process, the experience is difficult.


Lessons Learned Videos from I-Corps Teams

CUNY City College: Implementation of Genetic Algorithms for Personalized Chemosensitivity Testing for Cancer Patients (4D BIOLABS)

Stevens Institute of Technology: Gel-Tethered Molecular Beacons

CUNY City College: Perceptual Robotics, Intelligent Sensors and Machines (PRISM)

University of Connecticut: Naked eyes-based standoff detection of explosives using novel signal-amplifying nanocomposite and hand-held UV light

CUNY City College: Roadmap to Commercialization of City-Climber Technology (City Climber)

CUNY City College: Commercialization of a Phase-Selective Gelator for Oil Remediation (BioGel)