I-Corps South Courses

I-Corps South offers courses for graduate students who are interested in qualifying for an NSF National I-Corps cohort.

I-Corps is based on the Lean Launchpad methodology developed by Steve Blank and uses the Business Model Canvas popularized by Alex Osterwalder. Teams are taught the strategies for creating a business thesis and hypotheses about a business model. These hypotheses are then tested in a specific market segment through conducting customer interviews.

We combine in-class lectures with out of class learning. You will discover your business model by going out and interviewing people; therefore, participants will need to commit to completing at least 20 interviews for this program to be successful.

June 2017 @ UA Birmingham

  • Kickoff: June 6, 2017; all-day
  • Office Hours: virtual sessions, weeks of June 12, June 19 (20-30 min)
  • Closing: June 27, 2017; all-day
  • Qualifications:
    • Graduate students or post-docs in a technical discipline with a protectable invention that has commercial application
    • PI associated with project preferred, not required
    • Mentor not required at this point
  • Expectations:
    • Graduate student or post-doc must attend all sessions
    • Conduct 20–30 interviews

October 2017 @ UT Knoxville

  • Kickoff: October 3, 2017; all day
  • Office Hours: virtual sessions, October 4-11 (20-30 min)
  • Closing: October 12, 2017; all-day
  • Qualifications:
    • Any technology startup from the Southeast is eligible to apply
  • Expectations:
    • Participants must attend all sessions
    • Conduct 20–30 interviews

To participate, email melissa.heffner@venturelab.gatech.edu