National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Innovation Corps, or I-Corps, is a public-private partnership program for university faculty and student entrepreneurs working on STEM-related technology. I-Corps consists of a targeted curriculum to identify valuable product opportunities that may emerge from academic research. Additionally, the program provides entrepreneurship training to participants.
The Illinois I-Corps Site was one of the first three I-Corps sites launched in the National Innovation Network in 2013. Originally it was a collaboration between the Technology Entrepreneur Center in the College of Engineering and EnterpriseWorks at the Research Park with participation from the Office of Technology Management and IllinoisVentures.
Today, Illinois I-Corps is part of the Great Lakes Hub. Illinois I-Corps offers a series of programs to assist faculty, staff, and students in commercializing their research. Programming is a mix of online and in-person workshops.
I-Corps provides education and funding to faculty and student entrepreneurs.