Applications for
VIRTUAL Northwestern I-Corps@NCATS
now open until May 2, 2022

The I-Corps Regional Course is an accelerated 6-week program utilizing Lean LaunchPad, an entrepreneurship methodology created by Stanford Prof. Steve Blank. The primary focus of participating teams is to define and test the value proposition of their technology/ service in the marketplace by conducting interviews of potential customers, partners and competitors. The curriculum will focus on customer development guided by the Business Model Canvas and will help each team better understand whether their innovation effectively addresses unmet needs.

Teams from the Northwestern community with BIOMEDICAL INNOVATIONS (any stage from ideas to prototypes) are encouraged to apply.
Course Dates | May 6 - June 10, 2022
  • Week 1 Workshop Orientation – Friday, May 6, 9 AM – 11:30 AM 
  • Week 2 Workshop Kickoff – Friday, May 13, 9 AM  1 PM 
  • Week 3 Office Hours  Week of May 16
  • Week 4 Workshop Midpoint  Friday, May 27, 9 AM – 12 PM
  • Week 5 Office Hours  Week of May 30
  • Week 6 Workshop Finale – Friday, June 10, 9 AM  12 PM
Why participate?
  • Learn how to “get out of the building” and talk to potential customers, partners, and competitors
  • Identify commercial potential for your technology
  • Prepare for SBIR-STTR submission
  • Experience the uncertainty and excitement of creating a startup
  • Gain eligibility to apply for the NSF I-Corps Teams Program (a national program which provides up to $50,000)
  • 2+ team members, consisting of at least an Entrepreneurial Lead (graduate student or postdoctoral fellow) and a Technical Lead (faculty member, clinician, or senior research scientist)
  • Must be able to attend all 4 workshop dates and commit to a total effort of 10-15 hrs/week
  • Have a biomedical innovation or idea (e.g. therapeutic, diagnostic, medical device, health IT, or research tool) and want to explore its commercialization potential
  • Be willing to find and talk to at least 30 potential customers
If you have any questions about I-Corps@NCATS,
please contact Alexandra de Paz, Assistant Director of New Ventures.