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Applications for our Spring 2017 Cohort are now live – CLICK HERE

***New for Fall 2016 – We will be running Penn I-Corps on a compressed schedule ***
Monday, November 7 – Thursday, December 8th (Showcase Event)

Applications Open: now

Sun Jan-29 1st Priority deadline ($3k)
Thu Feb-02 2nd Priority deadline ($2.75k)
Sun Feb-05 Final deadline ($2.5k)



We are especially welcoming applications in the following areas:

  • Medical Devices and Digital Health
  • Robotics
  • The Internet of Things
  • Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology
  • Social Impact Technologies


The Spring 2017 Program consists of:

Fri Feb-24 * Customer Discovery Essentials
* Workshop on interviewing techniques (part 1 )
Fri Mar-03 * Product Market Fit
* Workshop on interviewing techniques (part 2)
Fri Mar-10 — spring break —
Fri Mar-17 Panel:
* Regional Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
* Managing your IP and your Team
Mon Mar 20 Wed Mar 22 Individual team advisory
Fri Mar-31 Financial Modeling & Forecasting
Fri Apr-07 Preparing your pitch
Fri Apr-14 — Good Friday – no session —
Fri Apr-21 * Progress presentations
* Next steps
Thu Apr-27 AppItUP competition (optional)
TBD Showcase


Every team member is expected to commit to approximately 8 hours per week for the duration of the program as indicated in the schedule page.


Forming your team:

Interested in joining up with others / forming a team?
Join the Facebook Group to find teammates.

I-Corps Site teams are composed of three (minimum) to five members. The members:

Academic LeadEntreprenurial LeadMentor

1 – The Academic Lead (AL) will be responsible for overall project management. The AL must have an academic appointment that would normally qualify the AL to submit proposals or play the role of a PI in subsequent submissions to NSF. Examples are faculty, graduate students, post-doc, and researchers.

2 – The Entrepreneurial Lead (EL) could be a student (graduate or undergraduate), post-doc, professional staff, or recent alum (graduated within the last 12 months) with relevant knowledge of the technology and a deep commitment to investigate the commercial landscape surrounding the innovation. In rare circumstances, it also could be a faculty member. The Entrepreneurial Lead should also be capable and have the will to support the transition of the technology, should the project demonstrate the potential for commercial viability.

3 – The Mentor will typically be an experienced or emerging entrepreneur with proximity to Penn and experience in transitioning technology out of academic labs. The Mentor is a third-party resource and may be recommended by the Penn I-Corps Site or may be a Penn employee institution. The Mentor will be responsible for guiding the team forward and tracking progress.

Every team member is expected to commit to approximately 8 hours per week for the duration of the program as indicated in the schedule page.

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