Free biotechnology focused version of the NSF I-Corps Short Course offered at Cornell

Cornell University’s Center for Advanced Technology (CAT) offers a free biotechnology focused version of the NSF I-Corps Short Course to help fortify your plans for a life science startup. The major emphasis of the Short Course is NOT on your technology, but rather on the problem in the marketplace. Your job in the Short Course is to cast aside your assumptions about what you perceive the problem to be, and perform a minimum of 30 interviews of your potential customers. Later, you’ll assess whether your technology truly fills the needs they seek, and if not, you have the option to pivot.

This Short Course is a component of a campus-based biotechnology startup pipeline that includes the Kevin M. McGovern Family Center for Venture Development in the Life Sciences, and features a special segment on regulatory hurdles and reimbursements. You may apply with a team of 1-3 people.

Learn more and apply:

Dates and times:

  • Session 1: Fri. March 13 (1pm- 5pm)- In-person
  • Session 2: Sat. March 14 (9am- 1pm)- In-person
  • Session 3: Wed. March 18 (2pm- 3pm)- Online
  • Session 4: Wed. March 25 (2pm- 3pm)- Online
  • Session 5: Fri. March 27 (1pm-5pm)- In-person

All in-person sessions will be held at the Breazzano Family Center for Business Education, 209-215 Dryden Rd., Ithaca, NY. Light meals will be provided.