NSF I-Corps Sites Application 

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This application is to be used to apply to the University of Delaware’s NSF I-Corps Sites Program, which is directed by Horn 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, staff member, or community 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.

The Fall 2021 Cohort will launch on Oct 5th and conclude by Nov 30th.
(full details on dates and times explained later in this application)  
Applications are due Sept 29th.

Team Information

Academic Lead Information
The academic lead must have an academic appointment that would normally qualify to be eligible to serve as a principal investigator (PI) on a subsequent submission to the National Science Foundation.

If you are apply from UD's broader innovation ecosystem without ties to an academic institution, please list Mike Rinkunas as your academic lead with the following details: email: rinkunas@udel.edu, Phone 610-442-3442, college: UD Business & Economics, position: Associate Director. Commercialization

Entrepreneurial Team Lead Information

Team Member 1

Team Member 2

Team Member 3

Team Member 4

Team Member 5

Mentor Information - Experienced or Emerging Entrepreneur
Teams may apply without a designated mentor. In such cases, the Horn Program in Entrepreneurship will assign one for the duration of the training program.

Team Background

Description of the Technology

Commercial Potential
The questions below are intended to serve as a baseline for the project. You are not expected to know specifically how the technology will be used or the focus of the business. We merely want to understand your initial ideas about potential.

Participation in I-Corps Sites

Award Terms
Teams selected for participation will receive a grant of up to $3,000 for 2 months to fund customer discovery research, which can include, but is not limited to: travel to meet with potential customers or experts, training or education related to entrepreneurial immersion, and other resources needed to directly advance the goal of transitioning the team’s project into the marketplace. 
Workshop Availability
Please verify the sessions that at least the Entrepreneurial Lead will be able to attend. Sessions will be virtual and are scheduled for 4-7pm EST.
Session 1: 10/5/2021 Session 2: 10/12/2021 Session 3: 10/19/2021 Session 4: 11/2/2021 Session 5: 11/16/2021
By submitting this application you are confirming that all team members agree to make every reasonable effort to attend all training sessions associated with the program and complete deliverables and required surveys in a timely manner.