The I-Corps program prepares scientists, engineers, and innovators across disciplines to extend their focus beyond the university laboratory and accelerates the economic and societal benefits of research projects that are ready to move toward commercialization.

I-Corps Participants

  • Learn to identify valuable product opportunities that can emerge from academic research
  • Gain skills in entrepreneurship through training in customer discovery
  • Receive guidance from established entrepreneurs

The I-Corps program is an immersive learning experience developed by the National Science Foundation for researchers, faculty, students, and others to determine if the problem they are working to solve exists on a larger scale in the market.

To date, more than 200 teams have engaged directly with Johns Hopkins I-Corps program which challenges participants to test their hypothesis on their technology’s relevance and viability through customer discovery, which will lead to viable value propositions. The I-Corps program is offered at NO COST throughout the year.

2024 I-Corps Program Dates:

Session                                                  Application Deadline
July 18 – Aug. 15                           July 4
Oct. 24 – Nov. 21                           Oct. 10

Applications must be received at least two weeks prior to the cohort start date.


Why Apply to I-Corps
Hear from our Associate Director, Startup Advancement, Mark VanderZyl in the video below.

I-Corps information

If you have questions or would like more information on I-Corps, contact us.

Mark VanderZyl

Associate Director, Startup Advancement