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CSUN I-Corps

For the I-Corps Team Application Form, please scroll all the way down on this page.

 

CSUN I-Corps Team Information 

 

Do you have an innovation or technology that you think is ready for market?

Are you interested in customer discovery around your innovation?

Are you ready to commercialize your innovation?

Are you interested in participating in the CSUN I-Corps Site Program?

 

California State University, Northridge (CSUN) has been at the forefront of promoting entrepreneurship and innovation through Cii, its on-campus incubator, and student competitions like Appjam, Varjam and the Bull Ring. To strengthen these efforts, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has recently awarded CSUN with a grant as part of its Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Program to support commercialization of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) innovations and entrepreneurship activities at CSUN. Research and Sponsored Programs (RSP) is supporting a parallel program for non-STEM innovations.

The federally funded I-Corps grant will provide as many as 30 teams with up to $3,000 each to explore an idea, product or service in the STEM fields to determine its viability on the commercial market. The teams consist of 1) an entrepreneurial lead – typically a student or postdoctoral fellow, 2) an academic lead– typically a staff or faculty member, and 3) an industry mentor, who can be a non-CSUN affiliate.  This new CSUN I-Corps Site Program will prepare teams to take their innovation to the next level such as formation of a start-up company and/or additional follow-on funding from a variety of sources.  I-Corps teams are also eligible to compete for a national NSF I-Corps Grant for $50,000 toward commercialization of their research/invention/technology.

Part of the program will include an I-Corps Site short course over the Fall semester that introduces participants to the key concepts and methodologies used in I-Corps, which is the rigorous market assessment and validation program pioneered by the NSF.  I-Corps Site teams will receive up to $3,000 to support their customer discovery efforts, and teams that successfully complete this short course will be eligible to apply for the National NSF I-Corps program.

 

 

Selection Criteria:

  • Applicants do NOT need previous commercialization experience, a developed venture concept, or any protected intellectual property in hand. The short course is designed specifically for curious researchers and nascent academic entrepreneurs.
  • Teams that do not have an Academic Lead or an Industry Mentor will be assisted with finding these team members.
  • Teams will be selected based on a complete online application received by the deadline. Applicants will be notified of selection decisions by email. We expect to fund up to 10 teams per semester.
  • If you have questions about this program, your eligibility, the application, or the selection process, contact Research and Graduate Studies at icorps@csun.edu

To learn more, please join us at the next Lunch and Learn being held on October 5th at noon at the Oviatt Library Jack Ferman Presentation Room. Please RSVP here

I-Corps Fall 2018 Semester Timeline 

Before October 19th

Complete the I-Corps Application Form:

http://www.csun.edu/research-graduate-studies/research-sponsored-programs/csun-i-corps 

View 2 min video on Business Model Canvas:https://strategyzer.com/canvas/business-model-canvas          

Populate the Business Model Canvas for your team and email to

 

October 19th10am-2pm: ZAP Session 1 USU-Burbank Room. Please RSVP here.

Teams will introduce themselves and their Business Model Canvas

Instructor led sessions on Intro to Value Proposition and Customer Discovery 

 

October 26th10am-2pm: ZAP Session 2 USU-Burbank Room. Please RSVP here.

Team presentations on Value Proposition and Customer Discovery.  Teams are required to have completed at least 5 customer interviews since ZAP Session 1.          

Late October-December: online POP Canvas Program becomes available 

Teams:

-complete online video coursework (Total course time: ~3.5 hrs)

-complete at least 20 additional customer interviews

-are eligible for up to $3,000 to be used for customer discovery

-have access to a mentor network

 

3 Month Check-InTeam Presentations– January 2019

Teams are then ready for the next phase.  This may include: 

- entering Cii, the campus incubator, or the new campus accelerator

- entering the LACI Incubator

- applying for I-Corps National Program and up to $50,000 in funds 

- applying for additional grant funding, such as NSF SBIR grants

 

6 Month Check-In: Team Presentations- May 2019

9 Month Check-In: Team Presentations- August 2019 

 

I-Corps Summer 2018 Semester Timeline

May 23rd: Attend the I-Corps Lunch and Learn at Sierra Center Colleague’s Room on the 3rd Floor. Please RSVP here.

Before June 11th:

·         Complete the I-Corps Application Form:

              http://www.csun.edu/research-graduate-studies/research-sponsored-programs/csun-i-corps

               View 2 min video on Business Model Canvas: https://strategyzer.com/canvas/business-model-canvas

·                        Populate the Business Model Canvas for your team and email to 

June 11th  10am-2pm: ZAP Session 1- USU Van Nuys Room

Teams will introduce themselves and their Business Model Canvas. Instructor led sessions on Intro to Value   Proposition and Customer Discovery. Please RSVP here.

June 18th  10am-2pm: ZAP Session 2- USU Van Nuys Room

Team presentations on Value Proposition and Customer Discovery. Teams are required to have completed at least 5 customer interviews since  ZAP Session 1.  Please RSVP here.

 Mid June-September: online Lean Start-Up Program becomes available 

                       Teams:

                       -complete online video coursework (Total course time: ~3.5 hrs)

                      -complete at least 20 additional customer interviews

                      -are eligible for up to $3,000 to be used for customer discovery

                      -have access to a mentor network

September 2018Team Final Presentations 

                       Teams are then ready for the next phase.  This may include:

                       -entering Cii, the campus incubator, or the new campus accelerator

                       -entering the LACI Incubator

                       -applying for I-Corps National Program and up to $50,000 in funds

                       -applying for additional grant funding, such as NSF SBIR grants

3 month Teams check-in will be (Date needed) Location: TBD

            Please RSVP (link will be created once we have a date)         

9 month Teams check-in will be (Date needed) Location: TBD

            Please RSVP (link will be created once we have a date)        

 August / September 2018 Recruit for Fall Teams

 I-Corps Spring 2018 Semester Timeline

  • Before Feb 7th:
  • Complete the I-Corps Application Form:

              http://www.csun.edu/research-graduate-studies/research-sponsored-programs/csun-i-corps

               View 2 min video on Business Model Canvas: https://strategyzer.com/canvas/business-model-canvas

               Populate the Business Model Canvas for your team and email to

  •  Feb 7th 10am-2pm: ZAP Session 1- Oviatt Library Ferman Presentation Room

                       Teams will introduce themselves and their Business Model Canvas

                       Instructor led sessions on Intro to Value Proposition and Customer Discovery. 

                       Please RSVP here.

  •  Feb 14th 10am-2pm: ZAP Session 2- USU Burbank Room

                       Team presentations on Value Proposition and Customer Discovery. Teams are required to have completed at least 5 customer interviews    

                       since  ZAP Session 1.  Please RSVP here.

  •  Late February-May: online Lean Start-Up Program becomes available 

                       Teams:

                       -complete online video coursework (Total course time: ~3.5 hrs)

                      -complete at least 20 additional customer interviews

                      -are eligible for up to $3,000 to be used for customer discovery

                      -have access to a mentor network

  • May 2018: Team Final Presentations 

                       Teams are then ready for the next phase.  This may include:

                       -entering Cii, the campus incubator, or the new campus accelerator

                       -entering the LACI Incubator

                       -applying for I-Corps National Program and up to $50,000 in funds

                       -applying for additional grant funding, such as NSF SBIR grants

  • 3 month Teams check-in will be May 7th, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. Location: USU Flintridge Room.

            Please RSVP here.            

  •  April/May 2018 Recruit for Summer Teams

I-Corps Fall 2017 Semester Timeline

  • Oct 25th: Office hours 10am-1pm, Location: Reseda Annex, Room 205 2nd floor (9324 Reseda Blvd, Northridge, CA 91324)

  • Before Nov 3rdComplete the I-Corps Application Form (Below)

  • Nov 3rd 10am-2pm: ZAP Session 1 (Optional but Recommended) Location: UN 277

        Intro to Value Proposition and Customer Discovery 

  • Nov 8th: Office hours 10am-1pm, Location: Reseda Annex, Room 205 2nd floor (9324 Reseda Blvd, Northridge, CA 91324) 

  • Nov 17th 10am-2pm: ZAP Session 2 Location: Van Nuys Room, USU

        Team presentations on Value Proposition and Customer Discovery.  Teams are required to complete at least 5 customer interviews.  

  • Nov 22nd: Office hours 10am-1pm, Location: Reseda Annex, Room 205 2nd floor (9324 Reseda Blvd, Northridge, CA 91324)
  • November 27, 2017-January 24, 2018:  Online BOOM Program becomes available (Enrollment is through Canvas)

        Teams:

        -complete online video coursework (Total course time: ~3.5 hrs)

        -complete at 30 additional customer interviews

        -are eligible for up to $3,000 to be used for customer discovery   

        -have access to a mentor network

  • Dec 6th: Office hours 10am-1pm, Location: Reseda Annex, Room 205 2nd floor (9324 Reseda Blvd, Northridge, CA 91324)
  • Dec 20th: Office hours 10am-1pm, Location: Reseda Annex, Room 205 2nd floor (9324 Reseda Blvd, Northridge, CA 91324)         
  • The Boom Team Presentations will be January 24th, 2018 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Location: Van Nuys Room, USU

        Teams are then evaluated for the next phase.  This can include:

-entering Cii, the campus incubator

-applying for I-Corps National Program and up to $50,000 in funds

-applying for additional grant funding

Please RSVP here.             

  • January/February 2018 Recruit for Spring I-Corps Teams
  • 9 month Teams check-in will be May 7th, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. Location: USU Flintridge Room.

            Please RSVP here. 

 

 

CSUN I-Corps Team Application Form: