NSF I-Corps Site at Carnegie Mellon-Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship - Carnegie Mellon University

ChiroProktor presenting at the Inclusive Innovation week mini-showcase.

CMU's NSF I-Corps program welcomed community members to its monthly meeting for Pittsburgh Inclusive Innovation week. Visitors learned about the program from participants during the mini-showcase event. The showcase featured:

  • Glu10
  • KOPO
  • expii
  • ChiroProktor
  • Biohybrid Solutions

The startups focus on a variety of innovative ideas including automated asset management, social ride sharing, e-book software and gluten-sensing platforms. Teams are faculty, student and alumni founded. Check out a gallery of event images.

What is the NSF I-Corps program?

Since the 1950s, the NSF has poured huge resources into U.S. research universities. To spur practical returns on its investment, the NSF has now set up a multi-layered program, the Innovation Corps (or I-Corps), to accelerate the commercialization of university research. I-Corps Sites focus on regional and local opportunities, whereas I-Corps Nodes train national teams.

As part of its mission to foster regional growth, Carnegie Mellon's Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship has secured an NSF grant to establish an I-Corps Site at CMU.

The CMU I-Corps Site builds upon Carnegie Mellon's demonstrated strengths in fusing technology and entrepreneurship, in broadening participation for underrepresented groups and in collaborating with regional stakeholders. Our Site program recruits exploratory business ventures started by faculty, staff, students and alumni, training 30 Site Teams each academic year to accelerate business exploration and creation. The curriculum focuses on agile innovation tied to customer discovery, and the program supplements the curriculum with intensive networking, expert guidance and financial support for projects.

What is involved?

You and your team will:

  • become members of the NSF’s National Innovation Network and be able to claim NSF legacy funding
  • participate in the Site’s Meet-and-Greet Reception
  • attend 6 required weekly entrepreneurship seminars (approx. 1.5 hours each)
  • attend monthly progress meetings (last Wednesday of each month)
  • receive up to $2500 for activities to further your business venture through customer discovery
  • have access to knowledgeable mentors who will provide you with domain and business expertise
  • have access to the Project Olympus incubator program
  • have priority opportunities to showcase your venture at LaunchCMU, the Olympus Show & Tell, visits from entrepreneurs, incubators’ office hours, and other activities
  • receive guidance in writing proposals for the national I-Corps Team program, SBIR/STTR grants, regional accelerator programs, and external funding opportunities
  • have access to LaunchPad Central software using the Business Model Canvas for tracking your progress

PI and Co-PIs: 
Lenore Blum, Robert Dammon, David Mawhinney, Emily Stark, Robert Wooldridge
Special Advisor: Merrick Furst, Georgia Tech/Flashpoint
Program Director: Emily Stark
Entrepreneurs-in-Residence, Project Olympus Incubator: Robb Myer and Kit Needham 
Liaison, Center for Technology Transfer: Reed McManigle

Spring 2016 Cohort Fall 2015 Cohort Spring 2015 Cohort Fall 2014 Cohort
Aero Laboratories Advanced Respiratory Technologies LLC AE Dreams AbiliLife
Biohybrid Solutions Anactisis BioFab3D Accessivist
ComYoot Cellugreen Technologies Broken Colors Ancure
Dranimate Chiroproktor ConnectWith BreatheWise
EAGLE Metrix EDDA Analytics Group D-PowerNet Carbon Freight
e. e. books flagtag FacioMetrics DigestOmat
Glu10 (Gluten) Forest Devices Hebi Robotics Expii
KOPO, LLC Humotech Invisible Intelligence Gastronome Foods
MechaSpark imHealthy LeanFM Innovesca
MGBFramework Impact Proteomics Legal Analytics LumiShield
NAYAN Mieryx Marinus Analytics PillowCastle
RoBotany Precision NeuroScopics Nebulus Salix Lignopolymers
There SimSim NoRilla Surtrac
Visionary Machines, LLC Skycision PalpAid Teratonix
Wav Diagnostics Titan Robotics, Inc. RistCall Visantica


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  • Next monthly meeting: Tuesday, August 30, 5-6:30 pm, NSH 3305 
  • Application deadline for Fall 2016 Cohort: stay tuned
  • Kickoff for Fall 2016 Cohort: stay tuned