We Want


Drive your inspiration
from idea to enterprise.

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Real World,
Hands-on Training
& Mentoring

Engage and leverage
resources to propel
your idea forward

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Industry Experts

UCFs Center for
Innovation and
Entrepreneurship (CIE)
oversees the program,
recruiting the caliber
of experts you
need to succeed

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UCF awarded EDA
grants to further expand
I-Corps activities

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.

Get Out of the Lab & Take Your Innovation to the Real World

Harness the power, influence and entrepreneurial ecosystem of the nation’s second largest university.

Become involved in UCF I-Corps – Learn more!

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.”

  • Real-life scenarios

  • Practical hypothesis testing

  • Challenge balanced with motivation

  • 15-20 hours of time per week dedicated to transforming ideas and inspirations into tomorrow’s innovations

What is i-Corps?

UCF is one of 37 universities nationwide that is leading an I-Corps Site.

Aspiring Entrepreneurs

Streamline your success by understanding how your idea will connect with society.

You’re Invited

All aspiring entrepreneurs are invited to apply for this life-changing opportunity.



Hear What Entrepreneurs Say About I-Corps

Where Innovation Gets Down to Business

UCF I-Corps – What is it? and Why Get Involved?

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)

Dave SpitzerMentor

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)

Brandon NaidsTalon Simulations

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)

Chris RodaiMyth

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