Kick off Session Dates: May 9 & 10, 2017
NextEnergy Center | Detroit
(followed by two interactive cohort webinars and two
one-on-one remote office hour sessions with instructors)




Application Deadline: April 18, 2017
(accepted teams will be notified on April 21, 2017)

The program will culminate in customer discovery activities at the following events:

Smart Cities Connect Conference & Expo
June 25-28, 2017 | Austin Texas

CAR Management Briefings Seminar
July 31 – August 3, 2017 | Traverse City, Michigan

Learn from the best in energy & transportation! 

> Make a plan
> Meet dozens of industry players, VCs & investors
> Get funding & go to market faster

I-Corps™ Energy and Transportation offers a customized curriculum to help teams of participating researchers discover the commercial potential of their technology, build a business model, and garner insights from leaders in the energy and transportation industries.

Well performing teams have a chance a being recommended to the National I-Corps program where they will work through the entire business model canvas and receive a $50,000 grant.

Who should participate?

  • University and national lab researchers, including post-doctoral and graduate (PhD) researchers
  • Corporate researchers interested in spin-off
  • Research and development-focused entrepreneurs

Why Participate?

Investigate and communicate the commercial potential of your technology

  • Learn how to transfer your knowledge and IP into commercially viable products and processes attractive to industry, federal government, and investors
  • Acquire business tools that will help position you for federal and private funding opportunities, strategic licensing arrangements, or new company creation

 Expand your network

  • Gain in-depth exposure to industry, entrepreneurs, investors, federal government and economic development professionals
  • Collaborate with others and learn best practices ranging from new funding sources to working with industry on collaborative R&D

Develop a deeper knowledge of your market and customer

  • Engage in an intensive, world-class curriculum that places you directly in touch with potential customers
  • Participate in highly interactive, expert-led, market and technology discussions

I-Corps Energy and Transportation participants have

> Secured over $3.8M in combined funding from DOE, ARPA-E, NSF and DoD with total funding of over $500K per team*
> Participated in Techstars Mobility, a prestigious business accelerator
> Developed first commercial prototypes and pilot plants for customer testing
> Engaged in 10 new corporate strategic partnerships

*of those that received funding

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