Countdown to Launch and NSF I-Corps


"I’m massively impressed with this program... We’ve accomplished more with our team in four hours than we’ve gotten through in conversations for the last two years. I can’t speak highly enough about the thought process and the structure of this program."

– Mary Poulton, Ph.D., Professor, Mining and Geological Engineering, I-Corps team member


  • Weekly class sessions to help your team focus on customer discovery, learn the “Lean Launch” startup method, as well as prototyping, marketing and sales, financial modeling, and fundraising.
  • Experienced mentors and entrepreneurs to help you define and refine your strategies.


National Science Foundation Innovation Corps, or "I-Corps," is a course that prepares scientists and engineers to increase the impact of research. The University of Arizona is part of the Desert and Pacific Region I-Corps Hub.

The NSF I-Corps Program exists to help jumpstart a national innovation ecosystem by teaching Lean Startup Methodology with a focus on customer discovery and the lean canvas. The program provides funding and guidance for teams to assess their technology’s commercial viability. Successful I-Corps projects are well-positioned to receive future NSF grants designed for slightly more mature technologies, including SBIR and STTR grants.

The next cohort will be in early 2023.  Stay tuned for more information!



Thank you to our I-Corps co-sponsor:

The University of Arizona Center for Innovation




Need help or answers regarding I-Corps at TLA? Let us know, we're here to help.

Aileen Dingus
Commercialization Network and Events Manager
NSF I-Corps Site Program Manager


This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number 1547749. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.