• Working on or Considering a Technology-based Startup?

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    Working on or Considering a Technology-based Startup?
    Explore taking your new technology to the marketplace
    Get free training, support, and up to $1,500 to identify customers
    Learn how to apply for up to $50,000 from the NSF
    Increase your chances of receiving an SBIR/STTR award
    NE I-Corps is partnering with URI Research Foundation and Venture Mentoring Service of RI to offer a free, 3-week program from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to help researchers and engineers explore the potential applications of their new technologies. 

    Program Dates:
    Program Kick-Off:  June 5, 2019 from 5:00pm – 8:00pm
    Final Presentations:  June 26, 2019 from 5:00pm – 8:00pm
    Location: URI Campus in Kingston, RIHow it works:

    The interactive course begins with an in-person evening kickoff workshop where teams learn how to:
    • Identify their top customer segments
    • Develop hypotheses about the value proposition they offer each segment
    • Find and effectively interview potential customers about their problems/needs
    Over the next two weeks, teams will speak with 12 potential customers. Each week they have an office hour call with instructors to check-in and receive coaching.
    The program wraps-up with a final in-person evening workshop where teams present their findings, get more coaching, and learn about progressing their ideas. Teams that complete this part of the program may apply for a $1,500 micro-grant to conduct additional customer discovery. The goal is to determine if they are solving a real-world problem with a viable market opportunity.
    This short program is excellent preparation for the many other entrepreneurial opportunities in Rhode Island.

    Who it’s for:
    Your I-Corps project must be based on new, innovative, and differentiating technology that could be a candidate for a future SBIR proposal.  The program is open to individuals and teams;
    • Current faculty, postdocs, students and staff at any university
    • Anyone else working on a serious STEM-related technology 
    Apply here no later than May 20, 2019.
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