Take Steps to Launch a Business Around Your Research

I-Corps South: Learn to take the first steps to launch a business around your research:

I-Corps South is a commercialization program dedicated to life sciences researchers and managed by Georgia Tech. This six-week program is modeled after the NSF national Innovation Corps program, the nation’s premier commercialization program for university research. The I-Corps South program is open to teams of researchers in the Southeast, including teams from Georgia State.  After completing this intensive program, you will know if there is a market opportunity sufficient for you to launch a business. Over 300 teams from dozens of research universities have completed the national program, resulting in over 150 new startup companies.

Each team must have three or four members consisting of the following:

  • Entrepreneur Lead (one or two per team, required) – Provides leadership to the team, organizes the customer discovery activity, spokesperson for the project. Usually a grad student or postdoc.
  • Principal Investigator (one per team, optional) — Provides technical leadership. Usually a professor who was the PI for the related research grants.
  • Mentor  (one per team, required) – Provides business expertise and guidance to the team. Entrepreneur or executive with deep industry experience. If you do not have a team mentor, please contact us, via the Georgia State contact listed below and we will help you find one. Do not apply until a mentor is committed to your team.

If you plan to apply or if you have questions about putting together a team to apply for this program, please contact Georgia State’s point person Dr. Kelly Stout,University Research Services & Administration, at 404-413-5475. Click here for more information and to apply your team for consideration for this program. Applications are now open and the last day to apply for the 2014 program is Aug. 29, 2014.