National Science Foundation Innovation-Corps

NYS Capital Region I-Corp Site Program

New York's Capital Region I-Corps Site program is for undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, and staff from capital region colleges and universities.  Teams start with research-based concepts and use interviews with potential customers and the business model canvas to understand the potential of launching a startup.  Site team ideas or projects can originate from student work, research (funded or unfunded), institutional, or industrial projects. The topical focus of a project can be (but not limited to) medical devices, mobile applications, software, physical products, internet of things, social startups, hardware, wearables, etc. We provide infrastructure, advice, resources, networking opportunities, training and modest funding (up to $3,000 per team) to enable groups to transition their work into the marketplace or into becoming I-Corps Team applicants.


NYCRIN I-Corps Short Courses

Do you have an innovation ready for commercialization?

Are you looking to validate a market opportunity?

In collaboration with the New York City Regional Innovation Node (NYCRIN), SUNY is offering a two week National Science Foundation I-Corps Innovation Challenge.


Kick-off: Friday, March 22nd – 2:00 to 6:00 p.m., Massry Center for Business on University at Albany’s Main campus, Basement Room BB006.

Web-ex video conference check-in: Monday, April 1st, afternoon.

Final presentations: Saturday, April 6th – 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Massry Center for Business, Basement Room BB006.


SUNY faculty, staff or students interested in participating in an interactive learning experience to identify strategies for moving their innovation from lab to market.

About NSF I-Corps at NYCRIN: I-Corps introduces participants to the Lean Startup methodology and teaches techniques to conduct customer discovery. It’s all about getting out of the lab to talk with industry experts to validate hypotheses and plans. For more information, please visit NYCRIN’s FAQ page.


• Attendance at all three sessions on March 22nd, April 1st and April 6th

• Only one person from your team is required to attend


• The I-Corps Innovation Challenge is a gateway to receiving NYCRIN sponsorship to attend National I-Corps and receive $50,000

• Completion of National I-Corps increases the likelihood of receiving an NSF SBIR/STTR award by ten times

• Networking and more…

To enroll please register here