Penn I-Corps Site - Teams and Individuals Application form
Penn NSF I-Corps Sites teams complete a workshop to articulate and conduct initial validation of their business model. Our program is the gateway to a well-defined path for startup success. Graduates of the Penn program qualify to apply for participation in the National I-Corps program (, which provides intensive training and $50,000. NSF I-Corps Teams technologies have been five times more successful than other teams in obtaining NSF SBIR/STTR ( funding of up to $975,000 to develop R&D and attract investors.

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Team & Individual Applications:
Please use this form to apply if you have a full team or are applying as an individual. You can apply as an individual if you have an idea and are looking for team members, do not have an idea and are looking to join a team, or are interested in mentoring teams. Please be aware that we may make individual application materials public to facilitate the formation of teams. If you have questions please contact the Program Manager (

Teams require a minimum of two members - a Technical Lead (TL) and an Entrepreneurial Lead (EL) - and can be comprised of any combination of Penn students, post-docs, faculty, staff, recent alumni (within the past year), e.,g., all students, all faculty, or combination faculty/staff/post-docs, and the like. There is no requirement to have a faculty member on the team. DO NOT include any confidential materials in your application. I-Corps does not work with confidential information, and it is not needed to evaluate applications. You need a email to apply.

Application Process:
Teams with ideas stemming from academic research in STEM areas will be given preference. If your application is strong you will be invited for a team interview to determine the fit with the program and the level of commitment of the team. Acceptance decisions will be made after the interview. Acceptance to the program is on a rolling basis and the courses fill up rapidly.
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