I-Corps@ECU Snapshot

I-Corps@ ECU Snapshot

In its first, short year, I-Corps @ ECU served 25 teams consisting of faculty, staff, students and/or friends of ECU.  Team projects represented STEM disciplines in education, health, nutrition, engineering & environmental sciences, medical simulation and biomedical sciences.  Short term outcomes of the teams included:

  1. Two teams independently merged into a single team and then incorporated their business;
  2. Two teams have plans to submit SBIR applications;
  3. One team plans to submit an I-Corps National grant application;
  4. One team successfully competed against 185 competitors in the NC IDEA pitch competition and won $50,000 in cash plus services in the development of its business; and
  5. Another team was invited to compete in Texas Christian University’s (TCU) 2018 Values and Ventures® Competition, an international social entrepreneurship pitch competition.

Non-STEM teams were also allowed to participate alongside STEM teams in I-Corps@ ECU, gaining access to valuable program materials and mentor services, though they were ineligible for I-Corps mini-grants.   Short term outcomes of these teams included:

  1. Two teams won over $23,000 in cash prizes locally from the Pirate Entrepreneurship Challenge and the Greenville CompePITTch’in.
  2. New products and services were made commercially available; and
  3. Seven part-time jobs were created.


Past Phase I and II Teams