The DC I-Corps Program is for investigators and entrepreneurs who are moving ideas from the research lab to the marketplace.
The Innovative Strategies and Services Component of the CTSI-CN provides strategic consultancy for investigators and other personnel who are moving ideas and discoveries into products for commercialization. This is a critical step and probably the most foreign to investigators as it is the one where getting out of the research environment is required.
Our CTSI-CN partner organization, the George Washington University, in collaboration with the National Science Foundation, University of Maryland and Virginia Tech, has introduced a program that is designed to give researchers the Lean Startup skills and tools to advance down the commercialization path. The program is a combination of in person lectures/meetings held at GW, WebEx sessions and customer development interviews.
Applicants must meet certain requirements and be prepared to dedicate a significant amount of time to the program. Participation in the program is free, and a limited number of $5K commercialization grants are available to teams with eligible participating GW-appointed faculty, researchers, and/or students.
If you think your project is at the stage where it could benefit from DC I-Corps, and/or are interested in the program, please click here for more information, or contact Abby Bronson at 202-476-4254. We can help you decide if your project is ready and find individuals to be on your team.