What is Industry I-Corps?

The industry-focused I-Corps™ program is tailored for technologies in specific industry verticals. This program follows the National I-Corps™ model while incorporating specific examples, workshops and experts within the chosen industry.

This program is for faculty who believe they have found a particular product-market fit within a specific industry market and need more one-on-one mentoring, support and industry connections to further validate their business model.  This curriculum allows for greater peer-to-peer learning as teams can relate and share knowledge centered around similar types of technologies.  Beneficial introductions to connections within each industry ecosystem are easily obtained through this program and structured lectures and workshops relate back to the specific examples, processes and roadblocks involved in each industry..

2017 Program Dates:

Energy & Transportation I-Corps at NextEnergy (Detroit, MI) – May 9, & 10, 2017: Apply here

IoT – Smart Cities Connect Conference & Expo (Austin, TX) – June 25-28, 2017: Application coming soon

Transportation – CAR Management briefing seminars, Center for Automotive Research (Traverse City, MI) – July 31-August 3, 2017: Application coming soon


Funding available for qualifying U-M College of Engineering Faculty teams: Customer Discovery Fund