Join the Innovation Corps
The Polsky Center I-Corps program teaches entrepreneurial skills to teams of faculty, students, and/or staff at the University of Chicago. The program lasts for seven weeks and is highly experiential. Teams will attend four in-class sessions where they will receive instruction and mentorship. Out-of-class work will focus on gaining a better understanding of customers and testing business assumptions. Teams will conduct thirty interviews with potential customers and record insights using a framework called the Business Model Canvas. Each team will receive a $2,500 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant for their participation in the program.
The I-Corps program runs three cohorts per year (Autumn, Winter, and Spring) to coincide with the university academic calendar. A limited number of teams will be accepted into each cohort. Previous business experience is not required to apply, though teams are expected to have an early-stage idea, research, or technology that qualifies as a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) project.