Form a Team

I-Corps team members work through the I-Corps Curriculum together, learning what it takes to successfully transfer knowledge into products and processes that benefit society.

I-Corps Teams are composed of three main members:

The entrepreneurial lead (EL)

The entrepreneurial lead (EL), typically a postdoctoral researcher, graduate student, or other student, possesses relevant technical knowledge and a deep commitment to investigate the commercial landscape surrounding the innovation. The entrepreneurial lead should also be prepared to support the transition of the technology, should the I-Corps project demonstrate a level of readiness appropriate to leave the academic institution.

The principal investigator (PI)

The principal investigator (PI) serves as the technical lead and project manager.


The mentor brings entrepreneurial experience and serves as the principal guide in determining the technology disposition.

All three members of the team participate fully in the I-Corps Curriculum.  For more information, visit the NSF I-Corps Teams page.

If you need help connecting to a mentor or if you would like to be a mentor, please reach out to the UNY I-Corps team.