The next NE I-Corps @ Rhode Island short course is coming soon.

NE I-Corps is partnering with URI Ventures and Venture Mentoring Service of RI to offer NE I-Corps @ Rhode Island. This program is part of the National Science Foundation initiative to help move innovations to market. It is a free, 3-week interactive program to help researchers and engineers learn the skills necessary to engage in informed product development and explore the potential applications of their new technologies.

How it works:

  • Attend a kick-off workshop and learn how to:
    • Identify their top customer segments
    • Develop hypotheses about the value proposition they offer each segment
    • Find and effectively interview potential customers about their problems/needs
  • Over the next two weeks, teams will speak with 12 potential customers. Each week they have an office hour call with instructors to check-in and receive coaching.
  • The program wraps-up with a final presentations workshop. Teams present their findings, get more coaching, and learn about progressing their ideas. Teams that complete this part of the program may apply for a $1,500 micro-grant to conduct additional customer discovery. The goal is to determine if they are solving a real-world problem with a viable market opportunity.

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NE I-Corps @ Rhode Island is a collaborative effort of New England Regional Innovation Node @ MIT, URI Ventures and VMS of Rhode Island to deliver the National Science Foundation’s Lean LaunchPad training program.

Miss the Application Deadline?

Applications for the NE I-Corps @ Rhode Island Short Course Spring 2019 cohort have closed. Thank you for your interest.

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