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I-Corps Teams are asked to conduct at least 100 customer interviews in seven weeks. Sound like a lot? While it’s certainly no small feat, speaking to 100 customers is an achievable goal with the right strategy and a little dedication. Below are five suggestions for hitting your three-digit goal from Tom Schryver - a national Lead Instructor for the I-Corps Teams program, and the Executive...

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There’s one key factor that separates most commercially successful technologies from the technologies that fall by the wayside: their capacity to meet the needs of real customers.That's why Andrea Ippolito ’06, M.Eng. ‘07, is passionate about helping innovators learn from the customers who might use their products. In her work with the White House, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, MIT’s H@cking Medicine and her...

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If it seems like there is a trade show for everything these days, that’s because there practically is: from international quilt conventions to high-tech manufacturing conferences. The rise of the trade show in recent years offers new opportunities for entrepreneurs to interface with prospective customers in an advantageous environment.   Trade shows are a great way to avoid the hassles—and costs—of traveling the country to meet individual...

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The NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program is a national program that gives STEM-focused individuals the chance to expand their research beyond the lab, by teaching them to apply entrepreneurial techniques and transform their projects into marketable products.   The Upstate New York (UNY) Nodes conducts Short Courses throughout the year; other Nodes offering different Courses. Node programs are also a great introduction to the I-Corps curriculum and help participants...

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The Upstate New York I-Corps Node (UNY I-Corps) aims to help STEM researchers combine their strong technical and scientific knowledge with a business-focused mindset. UNY I-Corps is one of eight National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (NSF I-Corps) Nodes, serving as regional connectors for the NSF’s National Innovation Network. Our goal is to support individuals and teams through regional and site-specific programming, helping each validated project...

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