A 2-hour workshop focused on identifying business, research and social challenges or opportunities by learning and exercising Human Centered Design Thinking skills in frequency, flexibility and resiliency. An overview of basic assessment of ideas will also be provided.
Ideal Participant: Any faculty, staff, student, post doc or friend of ECU interested in gaining these basic skills.
A boot camp style program will immerse participants in an overview of the Business Model Canvas, with particular attention given to customer identification, value proposition and sustainability. At the conclusion, participants will have the skills to perform 10 customer interviews and come to an initial Go/No-Go decision.Priority: Any STEM or non-STEM discipline is eligible for I-Corps Phase I training.
Ideal Participant: Any faculty, staff, student, post doc or friend of ECU.
A five-week program guided by skilled mentors that dives more deeply into customer identification and value proposition, while also assessing channels, customer relationships, revenue streams, key resources, key activities, key partners, and cost structure. At the conclusion, teams will have conducted a minimum of 40 interviews and come to a Go/No-Go decision.
Priority: STEM projects are given a priority and are eligible for up to $3,000 to support customer discovery efforts or to develop a minimum viable product. Non-STEM projects are eligible for I-Corps training but in-eligible for funding.
Ideal Participant: Any faculty, staff, student, post doc or friend of ECU who have previously completed I-Corps Phase I, lean launch-style training through ECU’s i-6 grant, Honors College, Horizons LLC or other similar training.
Pre-Requisite: a) An idea identified; b) an effort to conduct 5-10 customer interviews; and c) a team ideally consisting of 3 individuals. Preferably, teams should consist of a faculty or staff member, student and mentor and/or community member. Mentors may be self-identified by the team or may be matched from I-Corps resources, if available.
Provides ongoing access to additional programming, networking and mentoring for strengthening business models, competing for NSF I-Corps Node grants, preparing SBIR/STTR grant proposals, and building a support network.
Priority: Any team completing I-Corps Phase II.
Schedule: To be determined
Pre-Requisite: Any team completing I-Corps Phase II.