Researchers Considering a Technology-based Startup: Explore taking your new technology to the marketplace

  • Get entrepreneurial training
  • Support to identify customers
  • Learn how to apply for $50,000 from the NSF
  • Increase your chances of receiving an SBIR/STTR award



Join the I-Corps Spark Program at MIT

A free 3-week program to help researchers and engineers explore the potential applications of their new technologies

June Programs:

  1. Program KickOff – June 3, 2021 from 5:00pm – 8:00pm
    Final Presentations – June 24, 2021 from 5:00pm – 8:00pm
    Location: Online Workshop via Zoom
  2. Program KickOff – June 22, 2021 from 5:00pm – 8:00pm
    Final Presentations – July 15, 2021 from 5:00pm – 8:00pm
    Location: Online Workshop via Zoom


How it works:

The interactive course begins with a virtual evening kickoff workshop where teams learn how to:

  • Identify their top customer segments
  • Develop hypotheses about the value proposition they offer each segment
  • Find and effectively interview potential customers about their problems/needs

Over the next three weeks, teams will speak with potential customers. Each week they have an Office Hour with instructors to check-in and receive coaching.

The program wraps up with a final virtual evening workshop where teams present their findings, get more coaching, and learn about progressing their ideas. Teams that complete this part of the program may continue to conduct additional customer discovery through a virtual post-Spark program. The goal is to determine if they are solving a real-world problem with a viable market opportunity.


Who it’s for:

Your I-Corps project must be based on new, innovative, and differentiating technology that could be a candidate for a future SBIR proposal. The program is open to individuals and teams across New England

  • Current faculty, postdocs, students and staff at any university
  • Anyone else working on a serious STEM-related technology



To request more information: icorps@mit.edu