I-Corps™ at GW

I-Corps is a National Science Foundation program designed to foster, grow and nurture innovation ecosystems regionally and nationally.

The program provides real world, hands-on training on how to successfully incorporate innovations into successful products. The ultimate goal is to create a new venture or licensing opportunity for program participants, and to learn the valuable process of business model generation and customer discovery.

I-Corps at GW offers an Introduction Workshop to introduce the GW community to the evidence-based innovation methods used in I-Corps. These are held the third Friday of each month at GW.

  • All GW professors, research staff, post docs, graduate students, and undergraduate students with potentially commercializable research or technology-based business ideas are eligible to participate.

  • Both the Introduction Workshop and the National I-Corps Program are free, with $50,000 for those that qualify for the NSF I-Corps National program. 

  • A team that completes in the Introduction Workshop or the GW I-Corps Site program becomes eligible to apply to the NSF National I-Corps Program.

The program is sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and jointly run by the George Washington University, University of Maryland, Virginia Tech, and Johns Hopkins University.

GW is proud to lead many regional, national, and international initiatives around the I-Corps program.

While the program is now expanding beyond NSF to all major research-funding agencies in the United States, the primary program remains NSF’s seven-week intensive lean start-up National I-Corps cohort. 

For questions about the national I-Corps program and before you apply, please contact Bob Smith, Director, I-Corps at GW.

NSF National I-Corps Resources

How to Apply to the National NSF I-Corps Program

Teams that successfully complete a DC I-Corps Regional Introductory Workshop may be eligible to apply for the national NSF I-Corps program. Those accepted into the national program receive $50,000 to assist with customer discovery and to cover the expenses of all team members attending the opening and closing workshops.

Please refer to the nomination process guide (PDF) regarding how to apply to the National NSF I-Corps Teams program.