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CSUN I-Corps

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:

 

Want to learn more?? Attend the I-Corps Lunch and Learn on January 31st at 12 p.m. at the Oviatt Library Ferman Presentation Room. Please RSVP here.

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/bmc

               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

  •  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

 

 

 

CSUN I-Corps Team Application Form: