I-Corps Affiliated Programs
Eligible applicants for the I-Corps Site grant program must first be selected for one of the I-Corps affiliated programs or have completed one such program within the past year.
Altoona LaunchBox engages future business owners and local entrepreneurs to explore their start-up business ideas and get feedback on challenges they face. Also offers an 8-week training program for selected startups.
Partnering with the Invent Penn State Initiative, the BF TechCelerator@State College’s 10-week business startup boot camp targets emerging tech-entrepreneurs from the university and the surrounding community who are thinking about turning a tech-business idea into a tech startup.
Penn State Customer Discovery Lab will help you figure out what problems your potential customers really have and what they value, therefore, you can identify the value that you can offer but others can’t.
Once you really understand your customer, it’s time to start testing the market. The tough part is figuring out how and what it all means.
Idea TestLab / Virtual Idea TestLab
The 4-week Virtual Idea TestLab helps you get a better handle on what problem your customer really has, where they hang out, and what value you can provide that others can’t. Affiliated bootcamp locations include:
NSF I-Corps Virtual Short Course
Academic researchers interested in exploring the commercial potential of their technological innovations are invited to participate in this free, two-week course will receive entrepreneurship training and mentor support as they “get out of the lab” and talk with customers to identify the best product-market fit.
The Summer Founders program gives startups with at least one Penn State student founder, a $15,000 grant to work on their startup, social good, or non-profit idea over the summer.
The 6 week Idea TestLab accelerator dives into the first step to take your idea from concept to business, which is figuring out if you have identified a problem worth solving. This class will help you: test and validate your assumptions, get a better handle on the problem you are trying to solve for your customer, determine where your potential customers hang out, and identify your product differentiation.