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
  • 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.

Team Composition

Students, faculty, alumni and community participants interested in translating their innovation and research into commercial ventures are encouraged to apply.

I-Corps Prerequisite

The I-Corps Prerequisite is the first step of participating in I-Corps. It is self-paced, and allows you to enroll and complete it at any time.

Once you have completed the prerequisite, you will meet with an instructor to review the course content.

Apply for the 2024 cohort

To participate in the January I-Corps Workshops, you must complete the I-Corps Prerequisite, listed above, by Monday, January 1. All dates are virtual:

Dates & Times

Friday, January 5, 8:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. — Workshop #1

Friday, January 12, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. — Workshop #2

Friday, January 19, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. — Workshop #3

About I-Corps

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.