Illinois I-Corps

I-Corps at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Faculty and students working on STEM-related technology can participate in the I-Corps program. The Illinois I-Corps program offers 4 cohorts a year (2 per semester) on a rolling submission application cycle. The program comprises 3 workshops over 6 weeks, where teams work to validate the market size, value propositions, and customer segments of their innovations.

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Upon completion of the program, teams may be eligible to explore applying to the National I-Corps program where they receive $50,000 dollars and participate in a rigorous 7-week program, or apply for an SBIR grant.

Students are also encouraged to participate in one of the many Technology Entrepreneurship courses on campus that offer the I-Corps methodology, including TE 250: From Idea to Enterprise which was developed based on the I-Corps program.

Read more about the past Illinois I-Corps Participants.

Benefits of Participating in the Illinois I-Corps Program

There are many benefits from participating in the I-Corps program, including:

  • Mentoring from local experts
  • Validation of Market Size, Value Proposition, Customer Segment
  • Engage with campus entrepreneurial ecosystem
  • Seed Funding (up to $2k)
  • Opportunity to be referred to the $50k NSF National I-Corps program
  • NSF I-Corps curriculum based on the Lean Launchpad methodology
  • Dramatically improving the chance for equity-free funding:
    • SBIR Phase 1 ($225k)
    • SBIR Phase 2 ($750K)
    • SBIR Phase 2B ($500K)

Illinois I-Corps

Cohort Schedule & Application Deadlines for the Illinois I-Corps Program

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. If you don't have availability for the cohort dates listed, please apply and we'll notify you of the upcoming cohort dates at a later time.

Cohort 34 | TBD


Site Leadership

Andrew Singer

Faculty Director and PI of I-Corps Site

Harlee Sorkin

Site Instructor

Jed Taylor

Executive Director of Illinois I-Corps Programs, Site Instructor, and Co-PI of I-Corps Site

John Thode

Site Instructor

Catharine Ingram

Program Manager of Illinois I-Corps Programs and Site Instructor