The Atoms & Bits I-Corps curriculum is a 6-week program for teams of 2-4 persons interested in commercializing research. Teams must apply and be accepted in order to participate. The course consists of a 2-day kickoff workshop, 4 weekly meetings, and a 1-day conclusion.
Keith McGreggor is the lead instructor for the NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program for Georgia Tech, a founding node in the I-Corps network. Keith is also a member of the NSF I-Corps curriculum committee, and gives frequent invited talks on the foundations of evidence-based-entrepreneurship philosophy.
Keith holds a BS, MS, and PhD in computer science from Georgia Tech, and is an instructor of Georgia Tech’s new StartupLab for undergraduates in the College of Engineering. In addition to his role at VentureLab, Keith holds an appointment as Professor of the Practice in the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech and is the Associate Director of Georgia Tech’s GVU.
Julie is a national instructor with the NSF I-Corps program, and is the former director of SBIR Georgia, a service of Georgia Tech that assists startup companies secure federal SBIR/STTR dollars. Julie’s technical expertise is in the life sciences, and she has worked with clients on more than 100 applications to the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation. She was also the Director and Principal Investigator on two FAST awards from the SBA. Julie holds a Master’s of Science in Molecular Genetics from Emory University.
A lifelong entrepreneur, Colin Ake’s first taste of the startup world came with an Atlanta enterprise security firm. He recently spent four years in the Mojave desert building a rocket launch and planetary landing testbed company from the ground up. Colin works with I-Corps South to teach entrepreneurship principles to teams working on commercialization projects from across the United States. In addition, he teaches a class at the Scheller College of Business focused on innovation and business model development for sustainability. Colin has 4 years of experience teaching evidence-based entrepreneurship for Georgia Tech and Grupo Guayacán (Puerto Rico). Colin earned a BS in Management from Georgia Tech and a Masters in Business Administration from the Scheller College of Business at Georgia Tech.
Q. Is there a cost or fee to participate in this program?
A. : No, there is no cost to participate in this program. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided during the opening and closing sessions. Teams are responsible for all travel, room, and additional meal costs.
Q. I do not have NSF research funding. Can I participate?
A. Yes. Unlike the national I-Corps program, there is no requirement for NSF funding lineage.
Q. Can I apply as an individual?
A. No. I-Corps is for teams only. Teams are 2 to 4 people, the ideal team is 3 people consisting of combination of one or two Technical Leads, one or two Business Leads, and one Mentor.
Q. I have a team, but not everyone can attend the in person sessions. Is that OK?
A. At least two members of your team needs to attend the in person sessions.
Q. Is there a grant with this program?
A. No. The regional program is educational only and does not include a grant.
Q. I am not in the state of Georgia. Can I participate?
A. Absolutely. But your team must travel to Atlanta for the opening and closing sessions.
Q: Does completing this program qualify my team for national NSF I-Corps grants?
A: Yes, if you complete this program, you will have the opportunity to be recommended by I-Corps South to the national program.
Q: I do not have a mentor. Can I participate?
Y: Yes. While it is preferable that you have a local industry mentor engaged with your team, we will allow teams to participate without this role filled.
Q: Do I have to be affiliated with a university?
A: No, but you do have to have a technology innovation you wish to leverage to create your business model.
Q: I don’t really want to do much work. Can I slack off and skate by?
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