I-Corps@ECU Frequently Asked Questions

Learn more about the I-Corps@ECU program after reading our frequently asked questions.


Do I need to submit an application to participate?

Yes. Applications for Phase I and Phase II of the program must be submitted before participating in the program. Phase I and Phase II have separate applications.


Am I eligible for I-Corps@ECU if my project is not in a STEM discipline?

Yes. I-Corps is considered so valuable that any discipline may take advantage of the program but only STEM related projects are eligible for Phase II funding.


The technology I am interested in was not funded by the National Science Foundation, can I still participate?

Yes, even if the technology you are interested in is not funded by the NSF, you can still participate.


How long is each I-Corps @ ECU phase?

Phase I is a bootcamp style program that runs from 1-4 pm on a Friday and from 9 am – noon on Saturday. Phase II is a 5 week program that runs from 1-4 pm on Friday afternoons.


How many customer interviews will be required?

10 interviews are required prior to entering Phase II. 40 additional interviews are required at the conclusion of Phase II.


Do I need to purchase any materials?

Digital formats of the course material will be provided to all participants free of charge.


Is there team funding associated with the program?

Funds of up to $3,000 will be available for Phase II project in the STEM disciplines for customer discovery, market validation or prototype development using the Innovation Design Lab, MakerBot Innovation Center or other available resources. Phase I teams are not eligible for financial assistance.


What is the team requirement for Phase II?

A Phase II team must represent a STEM discipline and consist of a team of at least three individuals – a student who typically serves as the entrepreneurial lead, a faculty advisor and a mentor. Teams lacking an entrepreneurial lead will be allowed to pitch their project to interested students from the College of Business and the Miller School of Entrepreneurship. Teams lacking a faculty advisor may contact the Office of Innovation and New Ventures for referral to interested faculty.


Can a team have one than one entrepreneurial lead?

Yes. A team can have more than one entrepreneurial lead.


What is Phase III?

Phase III allows Phase II participants to re-enter the Phase II process for additional mentoring and guidance. Teams who have not fully utilized their Phase II funding are eligible to use any remaining funds in Phase III for continued customer discovery, market validation or prototype development using the Innovation Design Lab, MakerBot Innovation Center or other available resource.