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Program Description

Program Description

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 goals of this program are to spur translation of fundamental research to the market place, to encourage collaboration between academia and industry, and to train funded faculty, students and other researchers to understand innovation and entrepreneurship. 

The major focus of the program is for the selected I-Corps teams (an I-Corps team includes the Principal Investigator, the Entrepreneurial Lead, and the I-Corps Mentor) to participate in training - notably an Entrepreneurial Immersion course. The selected teams for each competition make up an individual I-Corps Teams cohort.

The purpose of the NSF I-CorpsTM Teams program is to identify NSF-funded researchers who will receive additional support (in the form of mentoring and funding) to accelerate the translation of knowledge derived from fundamental research into emerging products and services that can attract subsequent third-party funding.



  • Concentrated time to focus on commercialization activities
  • Build relationships with experienced entrepreneurs and investors who can help you bring your product to market
  • Identify commercial potential for your technology to increase probability of grant success and/or raising venture capital
  • Students prepared to be entrepreneurially competitive
  • Attract top students to your lab
  • Previous results include: new start-up business, licensing agreements, SBIR/STTR awards, business plan suitable for review by third-party investors


  1. A clear go/no go decision regarding viability of products and services,
    • The go/no go decision of the proposed effort will be made by the I-Corps team in consultation with the I-Corps Cognizant Program Directors and the National Teaching Team
  2. Should the decision be to move the effort forward, a transition plan to do so, and
  3. A technology demonstration for potential partners.