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The Skandalaris I-Corps program, through the National Science Foundation (NSF)

What is it?

The I-Corps IGNITE and LAUNCH programs provide experiential learning to researchers, innovators, and entrepreneurs seeking to translate their idea or technology into a viable company.

In IGNITE, participating teams learn the foundations of customer discovery and how to develop a value proposition. The IGNITE curriculum prepares participants for the fall 2021 LAUNCH cohort.

LAUNCH is a more intense six-week program for “deep-tech” teams seeking to commercialize new technology or previous NSF-funded research. During the program, ten teams learn from industry mentors and each other through a simulated startup experience. The goal is to give potential founders the tools they’ll need to successfully launch their venture.

Tell me more

The National Science Foundation’s Innovation Corps (I-Corps™) program at Washington University in St. Louis is led by the Skandalaris Center for Interdisciplinary Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Skandalaris is an affiliate NSF I-Corps Site through the Missouri S&T I-Corps program.

Working in teams, participants engage with experienced entrepreneurs while conducting customer discovery and market validation. Speaking directly with potential customers is a beneficial, low-cost way to evaluate innovative ideas and their potential to translate into economically viable companies. Skandalaris designed the new IGNITE and LAUNCH formats to lower barriers to entry and improve access to resources and opportunities for all St. Louis-area innovators and entrepreneurs.

“These new programs are designed to foster inclusivity in innovation & entrepreneurship—across campus and in the larger community—in order to catalyze a stronger startup ecosystem.”

    • – Mike Seper, Skandalaris I-Corps Lead Instructor

Who is it for?

All Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri S&T, and Harris-Stowe State University students, faculty, staff, and alumni, and other members of the St. Louis community who are interested in innovation and entrepreneurship. Innovators from all disciplines and at all experience levels are all welcome.

Get in touch:

Register for the Skandalaris I-Corps IGNITE session on Feb. 18. 

Contact sc@wustl.edu for more information.

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