Program Description

The SBIR Phase 0 program will support eligible Phase 0 teams and existing companies to participate in a 7-week national Innovation Corps (I-Corps) cohort.

Eligibility

To qualify, teams should:

  • Develop a deep technology (high-risk, high-reward)
  • Not be otherwise eligible for a traditional I-Corps Team program (i.e. no previous NSF award or one that has been inactive for 5 years)
  • Consist of at least two entrepreneurs (at least one of those with a deep technical focus) plus at least one mentor with industry (preferably startup) experience.
  • Plan to form a company (upon completion of this program)
  • Plan to submit an SBIR Phase I application (upon completion of this program)
  • Plan for the Technical Lead in the team (the future Principal Investigator (PI) on the SBIR grant) to have 50%+ effort at the company

If you are an existing company, you may qualify should the company:

  • Develop a deep technology (high-risk, high-reward)
  • Not be otherwise eligible for a traditional I-Corps Team program (i.e. no previous NSF award or one that has been inactive for 5 years)
  • Consist of at least two entrepreneurs (at least one of those with a deep technical focus) plus at least one mentor with industry (preferably startup) experience.
  • Plan to submit an SBIR Phase I application (upon completion of this program)
  • Plan for the Technical Lead in the company (the future Principal Investigator (PI) on the SBIR grant) to have 50%+ effort at the company

Please note: Eligibility is not limited to just the above. If unsure, please contact the NYCRIN team to see if you are eligible.

Prior teams and companies who have gone through a national I-Corps cohort are disqualified from applying.

Benefits

  • Concentrated time to focus on commercialization activities
  • Build relationships with experienced entrepreneurs and investors who can help you bring your product to market
  • Identify commercial potential for your technology to increase probability of grant success and/or raising venture capital
  • Teams/Companies prepared to be entrepreneurially competitive
  • Success stories include: new start-up businesses, licensing agreements, SBIR/STTR awards, business models suitable for review by third-party investors

Other Considerations

  • The national cohort is a rigorous course and very time-intensive. Teams, particularly the entrepreneurs, must commit a minimum of 15 hours/week.
  • The national cohort is 7 weeks in length and attendance for the entire team is mandatory at all events. Teams must be on-site for the 3-day kickoff (Week 1), the weekly online WebEx meetings (Weeks 2-6) and the 2-day finale (Week 7).