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Accelerating Technology Commercialization

Illinois I-Corps teaches university faculty and student entrepreneurs  to identify valuable product opportunities that can emerge from academic research, and provides entrepreneurship training to participants.

HOW TO TRANSFER CUTTING-EDGE
RESEARCH INTO COMMERCIAL SUCCESS


THE NO. 1 REASON THAT STARTUPS FAIL:
BUILDING A PRODUCT THAT DOES NOT
SOLVE A CUSTOMER’S NEED.


Successfully commercializing technology takes more than the "if you build it, they will come" approach, and I-Corps can help you identify a successful path forward for your venture.  Avoid wasting time, money or social capital in building something that people don't care enough about to buy.

Learn About Illinois I-Corps

The National Science Foundation's Innovation Corps (I-Corps™) program uses experiential education to help researchers gain valuable insight into entrepreneurship, starting a business or industry requirements and challenges. 

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Participate in I-Corps Programs

I-Corps programs can teach you how to translate promising ideas from the laboratory to the marketplace.

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Mentor/Coach

Mentor a team or learn how to teach the I-Corps and Lean LaunchPad methodology. 

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$113M

AMOUNT OF FUNDING THAT TEAMS HAVE RAISED

$57M: Venture Capital/Angel Investing $21M: SBIR/STTR Funding
$35M Other

220

NUMBER OF TEAMS THAT HAVE PARTICIPATED IN ILLINOIS I-CORPS

47

NUMBER OF TEAMS THAT HAVE LAUNCHED OUT OF ILLINOIS I-CORPS

22 companies are shipping product