I'm happy to announce that we've set the date for the Winter I-Corps Short Course. The dates will be February 5th, 12th, and 19th in Exploratory Hall, room 3301. The course is open to Mason faculty, researcher and student teams to help prepare them for potential participation in national NSF I-Corps. Participants are eligible for a $3,000 I-Corps Site Grant to assist them in customer discovery. Successful faculty and research teams qualify for a $50,000 NSF I-Corps Grant.
Additionally, regional entrepreneurial teams from Mason SBDC, MEC or any other affiliation are also welcome to join. The average cohort size is 10 teams and first priority will be given to I-Corps teams. If more capacity is required we can accommodate, however.
The I-Corps Short Course schedule runs as follows:
Class schedule:Registration Deadline: January 10, 2020 by COBCohort Roster Finalized: January 17, 2020Office Hours I: Week of January 20. Teams conduct 1/2 hour call with assigned course adjustClass 1: Week of January 27. Program Orientation WebinarClass 2: February 5. Room 3301 Exploratory Hall. Full-day intensive instruction period.Office Hours II: TBD between adjunct and teamClass 3: February 12. WebEx progress check-in call with teams (2-3 hours) depending on cohort size.Office Hours III: TBD between adjunct and teamClass 4: February 19th. Room 3301 Exploratory Hall. Half-day team presentations and final reportOffice Hours IV and further participation: Teams that complete the course, move on to construct a development plan of action with their adjunct and receive ongoing guidance and assistance in developing their idea, business model and go-to-market strategy, including assistance with preparations for I-Corps national programs, SBIR and CRCF filings and preparations for future investment in conjunction with ICAP and Mason SBDC counselors.
Ali Andalibi, Josh Green and I are happy to discuss with you all any questions you have about the I-Corps Site program at Mason and the NSF I-Corps program in general. We look forward to working with a good, full cohort of Mason innovators. Teams can reach out directly to me to schedule office hours to discuss the I-Corps program or just talk about their innovation ideas. Here's the link to schedule office hours with me every Tuesday and Thursday 10am until noon at the [log in to unmask] https://bookwithbob.as.me/Mason
Bob SmithNSF I-Corps Co-PIGeorge Mason University4031 University Drive, Suite 200Fairfax, VA 22030540-729-0131 (c)