In January 2022, Carnegie Mellon University joined the Mid-Atlantic I-Corps Hub and the CMU I-Corps Site program was discontinued at that time. The following is archival information for the I-Corps Site program.
For current program offerings related to the CMU I-Corps Hub program, please visit the I-Corps Hub webpage.
NSF I-Corps Site Program (2014-2021)
The purpose of an I-Corps Site is to nuture and support multiple, local startup teams to tranisition their technology into the marketplace. Through the Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Site program at Carnegie Mellon University from 2014-2021, over 200 early stage startup teams gained skills in entrepreneurship through training in customer discovery and guidance from established entrepreneurs. Teams from all seven CMU schools participated and were comprised of faculty, students, staff and alumni with projects in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) disciplines.
The impact of the I-Corps Site program at CMU from 2014-2021:
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
NSF I-Corps Site Program Staff and Advisors:
Principal Investigators (PIs) and Co-PIs for the I-Corps grant: Kit Needham, Melanie Simko, Robert Dammon, David Mawhinney and Robert Wooldridge
Program Manager: Melanie Simko
I-Corps Entrepreneurs-in-Residence: Jeannine Siviy, Stephan Mueller, Dawn Rucker, Elijah Mayfield, MaryDel Brady, Lynne Porter, and Kit Needham
Liaison, Center for Technology Transfer: Reed McManigle