This application is to be used to apply to the University of Delaware’s NSF I-Corps Sites Program, which is directed by the Horn Program in Entrepreneurship.
Project teams consisting of at least an academic lead and an entrepreneurial lead are eligible to apply. The academic lead will often have been involved in creating the STEM-related or behavior/health-science-related technology that forms the basis of the team’s project or possess a high level of relevant technical expertise. The role of the academic lead will be overall project management; participation in the I-Corps Sites training sessions and customer discovery process is strongly encouraged. The entrepreneurial lead could be a post-doctoral scholar, graduate student, undergraduate student, or staff member with relevant knowledge of the technology and a deep commitment to investigate the potential opportunity for commercialization. The role of the entrepreneurial lead is to drive the customer discovery process and support the transition of the technology into the marketplace if it demonstrates commercial viability.
Applications may also include a mentor. The mentor will typically be an experienced or emerging entrepreneur who serves as a third party resource. The role of the mentor will be to guide the team forward and track progress. Teams choosing to apply without a mentor will be assigned one for the duration of the training program.