The I-Corps (Innovation Bodies for its acronym in English) is an initiative officially created in July 2012 by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the United States of America.
Its objective is to provide methodological tools to researchers and students that allows them to identify problems in the industry of interest and to solve them through the inventions and technologies developed in their laboratories.
The I-Corps program consists of enabling with knowledge and tools based on the Canvas of the Business Model and the Customer Discovery process of the Lean Startup methodology, to academic teams to validate the commercial potential of the technological developments, broadening its focus beyond its work within its university laboratories. The program helps researchers design a technological marketing scheme or generation of companies around their research.
With the I-Corps methodology it is possible to validate its feasibility outside the classrooms and generate solid business models with greater probability of success.
At the end of the I-Corps program, the participants:
- Recognize the importance of market validation, so that the results of their research have a greater opportunity to reach society.
- Identify the importance of sounding the problems or needs of the market, which allows them to offer technological solutions based on the right requirements.
- Establish the level of technological maturity for each project, this through the methodological analysis known as Technology Readiness Level (TRL).
- Will be trained in: customer discovery, business model, CANVAS and TRL.
- Identify the critical path that allows deciding the next steps in the development, maturation or commercialization of their technologies.