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Short Course

The I-Corps@ NCATS Short Course is an accelerated 5-week program utilizing the Lean Launchpad Methodology. This Miami regional course is geared towards faculty and researchers in Florida working engaged in development of novel therapies, diagnostics, processes, and devices. The course will focus on customer development and emphasizes the full Business Model Canvas. Due to the current COVID-19 epidemiological situation, the course will be fully on-line and teams will virtually ‘Get out of the Building’ to talk to potential customers and discover their unmet needs.

Why Participate?

  • Learn how to “get out of the building” and talk to potential customers, partners, and competitors.
  • Identify commercial potential for your research or technology.
  • Develop a workflow and the business canvas for your startup.
  • Experience the uncertainty and excitement of creating a startup.
  • Receive eligibility to participate in the NSF or NIH I-Corps Teams Program.

And since 2017

  • 5 teams have advanced to SBIR/STTR mechanism and IP
  • 3 teams have successfully entered a licensing agreement; 5 are working on VC funding
  • 6 teams have established start-ups
  • 8 have filed for IP (patents, invention disclosures)

How Does It Work?

Participants virtually attend an Orientation, Kick-Off, Mid-Point and Closing sessions while conducting customer discovery during the weeks in between, checking in during virtual office hours.

Who Can Apply?

Teams from all Florida university/colleges, as well as startups within our community are encouraged to apply.


  • 2 (or more) team members – consisting of an Entrepreneurial Lead (can be a faculty member or undergraduate, graduate students or postdoctoral scholars who aim to move the research forward) and a Technical Lead (typically a faculty member or senior research scientist with deep and direct expertise in the core research/technology).
  • The team must be able to attend both opening and closing workshop dates.
  • The team must be able to participate in the office hours each week.
  • Have an innovation in any STEM / Biomedical / life sciences area and want to explore its commercialization potential.
  • Willing to find and talk to at least 30 potential customers in the five weeks.
  • Interest in applying for the National NSF I-Corps Teams program or the NIH SBIR/STTR I-Corps program (which carry a $50,000 grant).
  • In addition to entrepreneurs who have already established start-ups, faculty and scientists who are interested in evaluating the commercial potential of their work and potentially apply for SBIR/STTR grants are highly encouraged to apply.

Additional Support

Teams successfully completing the I-Corps@NCATS Short Course at the University of Miami will be eligible for additional support in their next steps to commercialization, including but not limited to paid consults with regulatory experts, entrepreneurs in residence, business development officers, patent attorneys, and SBIR and STTR grant preparation.

March 26One-hour Orientation
April 2, 9 AM-2 PMKick-Off Meeting
April 5-15Office Hours
April 16, 9 AM-12 PMMidterm Meeting
April 19-29Office Hours
April 30, 9 AM-12 PMFinale

Apply Online

Due to high demand, registration is closed. Please email Dr. Suhrud Rajguru below to inquire about openings.


Suhrud Rajguru, PhD
Associate Professor
Departments of Biomedical Engineering And Otolaryngology

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