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NYCRIN Testimonials

"NYCRIN is dedicated to teaching technology entrepreneurship and performing research that advances this endeavor. Its aim is to become a global leader in technology innovation and entrepreneurial business development by leveraging the existing innovation ecosystem in New York City."

Gillian Small, Ph.D., NYCRIN Principal Investigator, City University of New York

"I learned a lot from the I-Corps experience and I feel like my strategies toward my research have also changed. I am grateful for the time [the teaching team] spent reviewing my business canvas and interviews and providing [their] advice."

Omid Dehzangi, EL,
NYCRIN April 2013 Cohort

"The [I-Corps] program, along with the entire 'Teaching Team', was outstanding, even for someone who thinks they know a lot about the world of startups. It was, as they say, a valuable learning experience for me as a Mentor, as well as for our Team."

Tom Harrison, IM, NYCRIN April 2013 Cohort

"Thanks again for a job well done!!!!! Everyone I reached out to the last couple of days had nothing negative to say. At times, PIs, mentors or ELs would approach me on their own and offer ONLY positive comments about both the curriculum and the instructors."

Rathindra (Babu) DasGupta, Program Director, I/UCRC and I-Corps

"I'd like to thank you all for guiding us throughout the customer discovery process."

Maciej Pietrusinski, EL, NYCRIN April 2013 Cohort

"Thank you so much for your constant support and advice in training me towards entrepreneurship. The program was fun and educational at the same time."

Raviprasad Aduri, Ph.D., EL, NYCRIN April 2013 Cohort

"Thank you again for being a critical (literally!) part of the I-Corps program for me. It was a great experience and I learned a lot."

Linda Plano, IM, NYCRIN April 2013 Cohort

The NSF Innovation Corps (NSF I-CorpsTM) is a set of activities and programs that prepare scientists and engineers for extending their focus beyond the laboratory and broadens the impact of select, NSF-funded, basic-research projects. Teams of three are comprised of the previously-funded NSF grant Principal Investigator, an Entrepreneurial Lead, and an Industry Mentor.

This $50,000, 6-month grant kicks off with an intense 6-week, course using the Lean LaunchPad and the Business Model Canvas. It demands that teams “get out of the building” and undergo customer discovery to test their technology concept’s hypothesized product-market fit and commercial viability. Additionally, weekly webinars are conducted to review educational material and discuss what the teams learned in their customer interviews. At the end of the course, the teams present a 10-slide PowerPoint and a video of "Lessons Learned" in front of the national teaching team, NSF directors, venture capitalists, angel investors, and their fellow classmates.


The NYC Regional Innovation Node (NYCRIN) I-Corps utilizes the same curriculum as the NSF I-CorpsTM but is open to any government-funded faculty within NY, NJ, PA, and CT. The course is taught by the same teaching team in NYC and is free to applicants. The first cohort will take place February - April 2014.