Teams are generally comprised of three people:
The entrepreneurial lead (EL), typically a postdoctoral researcher, graduate student, undergraduate, or other student, possesses relevant technical knowledge and a deep commitment to investigate the commercial landscape surrounding the innovation. The entrepreneurial lead should also be prepared to support the transition of the technology, should the I-Corps project demonstrate a level of readiness appropriate to leave the academic institution.
The principal investigator (PI) serves as the technical lead and project manager, who deeply understands the science and limitations of the technology.This role is often assigned to a faculty member, PhD or Researcher.
This team member is typically a seasoned entrepreneur or business executive with 10+ years of industry experience. The Mentor guides the team forward and serves as a sounding board. They also assist the team in finding relevant research and individuals to interview. The Mentor interprets results of the “tests” and offers honest opinions on feedback received. UCF I-Corps will provide you with a mentor if you do not have one.