I-Corps@ECU Application

I-Corps @ ECU is available in the following programming options

 

BASICS

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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.

Pre-requisite: None

ProgramDateTimeLocationRegistration Link
Fall I-Corps BasicsFriday, September 7th10:00 - 12:00Willis Building AuditoriumRegistration Closed
Spring I-Corps BasicsFriday, January 17th 10:00-12:00Willis Building AuditoriumClick to Register
Summer I-Corps BasicsWednesday, May 8th10:00-12:00TBDClick to Register

 

Phase I Boot Camp

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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.

ProgramDate Time LocationRegistration Link
Fall I-Corps Phase I Boot Camp Day 1Friday, September 28th1:00 - 5:00Willis Building AuditoriumRegistration Closed
Fall I-Corps Phase I Boot Camp Day 2Saturday, September 29th9:00 - noonWillis Building Auditorium
Spring I-Corps Phase I Boot Camp Day 1Friday, January 25th1:00 - 5:00Willis Building AuditoriumClick to Register
Spring I-Corps Phase I Boot Camp Day 2Saturday, January 26th9:00 - noonWillis Building Auditorium
Summer I-Corps Phase I Boot Camp Day 1Thursday, May 9th1:00 - 5:00Willis Building AuditoriumClick to Register
Summer I-Corps Phase I Boot Camp Day2Friday, May 10th9:00 - noonWillis Building Auditorium

 

Phase II

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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.

ProgramDateTimeLocationRegistration
Fall I-Corps Phase II Friday afternoons: on October 12th, October 19th, October 26th, November 2nd and November 16th.1:00 - 4:00Health Science Student CenterRegistration Closed
Spring I-Corps Phase II Friday afternoons: February 8th, February 15th, February 22nd, March 1st and March 8th.1:00 - 4:00Willis Building AuditoriumClick to Register
Summer I-Corps Phase II Friday afternoons: May 17th, May 31st, June 7th, June 14th and June 21st.1:00 - 4:00TBDClick to Register

 

Phase III

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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.