I-Corps South is now offering up to eight $25,000 grants to technology startup teams in the first half of 2018. These teams will have access to three pieces of programming:
- A short course preparing them for the NSF I-Corps Program
- The NSF I-Corps program, typically only open to teams with National Science Foundation funding heritage
- I-Corps Go, a short follow-up to I-Corps focused on increasing startup success
The program will reimburse up to $25,000 in travel costs associated with the I-Corps program. These travel grants are for teams to meet with their customers in the course of the I-Corps program to test and iterate upon assumptions inherent in their business model. Teams that have completed the I-Corps program have experienced an increased rate of acceptance for the NSF Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants due to their first-hand knowledge of their market.
Who: To qualify, teams must have technology roots and be a potential fit for the NSF’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants. They should have a team member who is an expert in their technology field and a focus on building a business that will leverage their unique technology. The program is open to both university-based startup projects as well as already-formed companies, so long as there is a significant technology element involved.
Use: This grant is open to any team that meets these qualifications from across the southeast.
When: Preparation programs will be held on April 10 and July 10, 2018.* Teams will be slotted into National I-Corps cohorts based on availability and after their completion of the Prep program. I-Corps Go dates will be determined at a later time.
*Applications for April 10 cohort will close March 20. Applications for July 10 cohort will close June 19.