Virtual I-Corps Pilot Program

 In light of the COVID-19 health crisis, we are piloting a brand-new virtual version of our highly successful UNH I-Corps training to a small number of applicants in the UNH community. Faculty, staff, graduate students, and undergraduates are welcome to apply.

The Virtual UNH I-Corps pilot leverages remote tools to support online learning and collaboration, as well as structured team exercises to explore the commercial viability of an idea. Participants explore the methods of aligning an innovation or idea with new or existing markets. Teams will apply these methods and conduct online interviews with potential customers to gather market data.

Teams are comprised of the principal investigator or innovator, who serves as the technical lead and project manager; an entrepreneurial lead, who has both technical expertise and leads the survey of the commercial landscape. Teams also have access to a team of five professional mentors for direct advice, office hours, and in-class support. For this pilot program, only teams of two (2) or more will be considered for admission. 

For questions or additional information, please contact unh.icorps@unh.edu

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Schedule

Pre-work Period (Prior to cohort): 

July 29-August 11 (Materials available through CANVAS)

Pre-Class Q&A Session (Drop-In): 

July 30, 2020, 10 AM-12 PM

Whole Class Zoom Training Sessions (TBD):

Wednesday, August 12
Wednesday, August 19

Wednesday, August 26

Each team will also meet with mentors for scheduled Office Hours in Weeks 1 and 2


 

Why Participate?

  • Receive tangible support to help you reach and understand your target market, including:
    • LinkedIn Premium® for you and your teammates
    • Support for necessary communications equipment for successful online interviews
    • Registration to a relevant Virtual Conference to support market investigation 
  • Explore real-world impact of your research and technology
  • Enable teams to transition work to the marketplace  
    • Transfer knowledge into beneficial products and processes
    • May lead to the commercialization of technology
    • Understand barriers to adoption of technology and processes
  • Increased probability of grant success 
    •  Validate research ideas
    •  Increase your visibility in your research area
    •  Enable supporting data and information for future grant proposals
  • Unlock eligibility for participation in National I-Corps for up to $50K in funding
  • Contribute to NH’s innovation ecosystem