Teams are comprised of at least 3 members: Entrepreneurial Lead (EL), Technical Lead (TL), and Industry/I-Corps Mentor.
The EL, typically a postdoctoral researcher, graduate student, or other student, possesses relevant technical knowledge and a deep commitment to investigate the commercial landscape surrounding the innovation. The entrepreneurial lead should also be prepared to support the transition of the innovation, should the I-Corps project demonstrate a level of readiness appropriate for commercialization.
The TL serves as the principal investigator and project manager, who deeply understands the innovation. This role is often assumed by a university faculty or staff member.
The industry mentor is typically a seasoned entrepreneur or business executive with 10+ years of industry experience. The mentor guides the team forward, serves as a sounding board, and assists the team to validate the business proposition.