Innovation Corps

MIN-Corps, an I-Corps site

MIN-Corps is the University of Minnesota site for the National Science Foundation I-Corps program.  We provide commercialization education and coaching programs that help STEM students, postdocs and faculty develop the skills required to translate their innovations into product and services with real-world impact.  To learn more about MIN-Corps leadership and how to contact us, click here.

MIN-Corps Results

Since 2014, 3000+ participants from 22 colleges within University of Minnesota and the business community have participated in 79+ MIN-Corps academic courses, commercialization bootcamps, value proposition design workshops, seminars and events.  The 301 innovation teams (including 22 active startups) have generated over $12.7 million in commercialization grants and investment funding.  Also, congratulations to the following 17 NSF I-Corps National Teams participants, which each recieved a $50,000 grant to engage in intense customer discovery and business model design:


MIN-Corps offers a variety of short-term, non-credit bootcamps and workshops aimed at catalyzing technology commercialization across the University of Minnesota.

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STARTUP Participant Experience: Be.Strong.Peaceful.

STARTUP: Customer Development and Testing

Students and researchers use the STARTUP course to test business model assumptions. By meeting with potential customers and partners, participants make the first step towards technology commercialization.

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