Entrepreneurship Innovation Center
I-Corps at Bowie State
“Participating in the BSU I-Corps Short Course was a fantastic experience! My student and I learned a great deal of new information and some awesome innovative approaches to starting a business. The consistent feedback and support was extremely helpful and we had great fun presenting the project at the end of the course.”
- Dr. William Smith, assistant professor, Department of Fine & Performing Arts
“The BSU I-Corps Short Course was a great course in how to apply the entrepreneurial process to my specific research project, with personalized feedback from nationally recognized experts in the field!”
- Dr. Erica Hernandez, assistant professor, Department of Psychology
About the I-Corps Short Course Program
Bowie State's three-week Innovation Corps™ Short Course Program will provide our faculty, students, alumni and community participants with a new approach to accelerate research or idea with a $3,000 reimbursement fund for customer discovery.
Benefits of Participation
- Develop entrepreneurial skills
- Improve odds for commercial success of research or innovation
- Validate your business model
- Establish product-market fit
- $3,000 grant for customer discovery
- Achieve eligibility to apply for $50,000 I-Corps team grant
What You Will Learn
Teams will be introduced to the I-Corps approach, and learn about business model development and the customer development process. Teams will also spend time outside the building, talking to customers, partners and competitors and testing hypotheses. After the program, teams will present their findings from the customer development process and receive real-time feedback from the I-Corps instructors.
What to Expect
Day 1 – Introduction to I-Corps and Customer Discovery
The first class covers Introduction to I-Corps, Team Introductions, Business Model Generation, Value Proposition Design and Best Practices for Customer Discovery.
Day 2 – Business Thesis and Product Market Fit
The second class will include team presentations on Lessons Learned from Customer Discovery, Hypothesis Development and Customer Interview Workshops.
Day 3 – Closing Session, Final Presentations
The third class will be the closing session where teams will have their final team presentations and a discussion about what’s next.
Students, faculty, alumni and community participants interested in translating their innovation and research into commercial ventures are encouraged to apply.
Apply for the 2023 cohort
Dates & Times
The National Science Foundation (NSF) Innovation Corps enables teams of scientist, researchers and engineers to explore the commercial potential of their research or innovation. By learning how to assess commercialization opportunities, teams gain a better understanding of their market, customers, competitors and industry. To learn more, visit the NSF website.