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NSF I-Corps Hub Program

The National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program helps university-based researchers investigate the commercial potential of their STEM-related technology.

CMU has joined the Mid-Atlantic I-Corps Hub, one of the five inaugural I-Corps Hubs. The goal of the I-Corps Hubs program is to create and sustain a diverse, inclusive innovation ecosystem in the United States by establishing tools and training activities, funding research, providing opportunities to diverse communities and sharing effective innovation practices across the country. The program supports the commercialization of deep technologies with a university connection, which grow from discoveries in fundamental science and engineering. Eligible teams that complete the I-Corps regional program have an opportunity to apply for the I-Corps Teams program for a $50K grant to continue their customer discovery activities.

The impact of the I-Corps Site program at CMU: 
208 I-Corps Site teams with 687 program participants       
$129M in follow on funding to teams
39 teams accepted to accelerator programs
12 teams accepted to the I-Corps National Teams program
18 SBIR/STTR Phase I and 9 Phase II grants received by teams
6 teams were acquired
32% of teams had founders from STEM underrepresented minority groups

For more information about the CMU I-Corps Site program (2014-2021), click here.

CMU I-Corps Staff:
Kit Needham, Faculty Lead, Assistant Dean for Entrepreneurship Initiatives and Director, Project Olympus
Melanie Simko, Program Manager
Glenn Watson, Instructor