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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.

Fall 2020 Virtual Course
Sept. 11 – Oct. 16, 2020
Deadline to Apply is August 9! APPLY HERE

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.

How Does It Work?

Participants virtually attend an Opening, Mid-Point and Closing session while conducting customer discovery during the weeks in between, checking in during virtual office hours. View 2020 Syllabus

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.

Apply Online

Deadline to apply – August 9, 2020
Apply Here –


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

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