UCF awarded EDA
grants to further expand
U.S. Secretary of Commerce
Penny Pritzker and Sen. Bill Nelson
announce funding two initiatives that
will advance innovation and
capacity-building activities in regions
across the country.
UCFs Center for
oversees the program,
recruiting the caliber
of experts you
need to succeed
Get out of the lab and into the market.
Develop a greater understanding of your
technology and how it can benefit society.
Gain a tool kit that can be applied to
many situations, including making
your research more marketable.
Help contribute to an innovation
ecosystem that will change the future
of the state of Florida.
Video: What is I-Corps?
Why Get Involved?
UCF researchers and faculty have contributed to the discovery of groundbreaking technologies in disciplines including photonics, biotechnology, nanotechnology, and computer vision. Now, thanks to a Foundation (NSF) Innovation Corps (I-Corps) grant, teams of researchers and aspiring entrepreneurs have the opportunity to immerse themselves in guidance and knowledge from leading industry experts. I-Corps leads qualified entrepreneurial teams through a five-week “bootcamp” of learning, evaluating and transferring knowledge into marketable products which have a benefit or impact on society. UCF is partnering throughout Florida with other universities and research centers to expand the I-Corps program and firmly position Central Florida as a leader in the “Lean Startup Movement.”
UCF is one of 37 universities nationwide that is leading an I-Corps Site.
Hear What Entrepreneurs Say About I-Corps
I-Corps was a wonderful experience, and we are truly lucky to have this program in Central Florida. The Business Model Canvas and Lean Startup Methodology are proven to work, and having Jerry Engel visit to help us kick off really added to the sense of responsibility and importance. It is a grueling and tough process – but so is entrepreneurship. I was pleased to see the growth in my team over the first 10-week cohort, and to see the growth and experience demonstrated by all the other teams. (read more)
The UCF I-Corps program provided me with the knowledge, the resources, and the confidence necessary to take an idea that was made in a garage with parts from a junkyard to an actual marketable product. This was a priceless opportunity which I can attribute a lot of my team’s success to. We were able to quickly learn what worked and what didn’t work about our business model while being advised by a panel of highly experienced mentors. This was critical for my team as we were engineers with no (read more)
Dear Oscar, I would like to thank you and the rest of the I-Corps instructors for the outstanding four week course. I came in with high expectations and was not disappointed. I learned more in the last six weeks than the prior six years I spent at EA. I came into the project intimidated. However, I feel confident I can present the business to potential partners, investors, and customers. It was an outstanding investment of time. (read more)