Introduction to Lean Innovation Workshop

This workshop introduces participants to key concepts and evidence-based innovation methods used in GW's NSF I-Corps program, New Venture Competition, as well as thousands of Silicon Valley startups, global NGOs and companies. It is free and is offered the third Friday of each month at GW. The Introduction to Lean Innovation (ILI) webinar is geared toward early-stage innovators or individuals with only some prior knowledge of entrepreneurship. GW provides an overview of the customer discovery process, as well as the basics of commercialization.

Graduates of this short course are eligible to apply to NSF’s full National seven-week I-Corps Program in which participants receive $50,000 grants.

I-Corps is a cohort-based experience and participants work together and learn from each other as well as from their customers, partners, and other key stakeholders.  There is extensive work done outside the classroom.  In addition to the in-person classes, participants should expect to spend another 10-15 hours per week on customer discovery and course assignments.

The program is designed to generate a maximum impact over a relatively short duration, and should be considered a required first step for anyone interested in commercializing a technology or product, whether through a startup or licensing arrangement.