I-Corps Energy and Transportation

  • Program Description: I-Corps Energy and Transportation is a commercialization training program for energy and transportation university researchers and nascent startups. Developed in partnership with the University of Michigan and modeled after the National Science Foundation’s I-Corps program, I-Corps Energy and Transportation teaches researchers how to validate hypotheses about the value of their technology through customer discovery. Participating teams walk away with a refined target customer segment and value proposition, as well as a strawman commercialization plan. In the 2015 program, 85% of participants added 20+ industry contacts to their network, 15% of participants plan to license their technology to industry in the next three years, and 45% of participants plan on spinning out a new company in the next three years.
  • Technology Sectors Supported: Chemicals & Advanced Materials, Energy Efficiency, Energy Storage, Green Buildings, Information & Communication Tech, Power Generation, Smart Grid, Transportation & Mobility
  • Portfolio Companies: View portfolio companies
  • Geography Served: Michigan, Nation-Wide
  • Stage of Company Served: Early Stage - Idea/Proof of Concept
  • Cost/Fees for Services/Equity Stake: Tuition is $10,000 per team with scholarships available; tuition covered for Michigan-based teams.
  • Program Length: 5 weeks


461 Burroughs St.
Detroit , MI 48202

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