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.
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:
The I-Corps National Teams Experience
Participating in the NSF I-Corps National Teams program is seven intense weeks of exhaustion, exhilaration and "ah-ha" moments. Each participating team emerges with a robust set of customer discovery and technology commercialization skills, as well as an assessment of their innovation's market potential and business model. University of Minnesota teams that have completed MIN-Corps program customer discovery requirements are eligible to be recommended to the National Teams program.
MIN-Corps offers a variety of short-term, non-credit bootcamps and workshops aimed at catalyzing technology commercialization across the University of Minnesota. We also offer MGMT 5102: STARTUP, a two credit course open to undergraduate and graduate students from any discipline who are interested in exploring the market potential of their own startup ideas.