2020 SEAS R&D Showcase

InnovateGW I-Corps Site Program Grants

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With funding from the National Science Foundation, the InnovateGW I-Corps Site Program awards grants of up to $3,000 to GW students and faculty who wish to explore the prospects for applications of their research or technology to solve problems that could lead to a broader impact in society. The InnovateGW I-corps Site Program will award at least 30 grants this year.

Participants in the InnovateGW I-Corps Site Program will be expected to complete the GW Introduction to Lean Innovation Workshop which includes attending one half-day workshop session and conducting 20 customer interviews.

In the workshop session, participants learn and practice the concepts of the Lean Startup approach to innovation, including identifying target customer segments, crafting value propositions and performing customer discovery interviews. After the session, participants conduct customer interviews and attend office hours with the instructors. These activities generally take about 10 hours each week.

The InnovateGW grant money can be used for travel and related expenses for meeting with prospective customers and conducting structured interviews with them.

Participants in the GW 2020 R&D Showcase can nominate themselves for an InnovateGW I-Corps Grant on the R&D Showcase Application site.

They can also apply directly to the InnovateGW I-Corps program here.

Advice and guidance is available from the GW Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship to participants who want to apply for one of these grants.