ICAP Lean Startup Introductory Course – Virtual Cohort (app. deadline)

When:
April 26, 2020 @ 12:00 am
2020-04-26T00:00:00-04:00
2020-04-26T00:15:00-04:00
Where:
Virtual Cohort

Based on the National Science Foundation’s I-Corps™ program for Lean Startups, ICAP helps inventors and entrepreneurs take the right first steps in bringing new technologies and innovations to market.

ICAP includes FREE introductory training programs and counseling services offered through ICAP instructors and local SBDC counselors. ICAP helps startups identify potential customers and develop successful business models based on that knowledge. It is an ideal program for early-stage companies trying to prepare for eventual venture investment.

Preferred Sectors

The cohort will give preference to startups focused on the following sectors/solutions:

Cybersecurity

Software | Telecommunications | | Information & Communication Technologies | E-Commerce | Networking & Equipment | Electronics/Instrumentation | Sensors | Materials | Drones | IoT

Pandemic Response

Biotechnology | Biopharmaceuticals | Medical Devices | Laboratory Instrumentation | Diagnostics | Healthcare IT | Nutraceuticals | Agricultural | Software | Telecommunications | Information & Communication Technologies | Sensors | Manufacturing

You can apply at: http://www.virginiasbdc.org/icap-application/

Important Dates

  • April 26, 2020 – Applications are due by midnight
  • April 27, 2020 – 6:00pm – 8:00pm – Introductory Webinar
  • May 6, 2020 – Acceptance notifications and communication with next steps
  • May 11, 2020 – 1:00pm – 3:30pm – Customer Segments and Initial Team Presentations
  • May 12, 2020 – 1:00pm – 3:30pm – Value Proposition
  • May 13, 2020 – 1:00pm – 3:30pm – Customer Discovery
  • May 20, 2020 – Each team participates in a pre-scheduled group video call review of the team’s Customer Discovery Progress over the first week
  • May 27, 2020 – 1:00pm – 3:30pm – Final Team Presentations

During this introductory program, there is extensive work done outside the virtual classroom. In addition to the virtual class meetings, participants should expect to spend another 10-15 hours per week on customer discovery and course assignments. At the conclusion of the program, you will remain connected with your ICAP adjunct to continue your progress on the Five Steps to Startup Success over the following 6 to 24 months.

The introductory program is designed to generate a maximum impact over a relatively short duration and should be considered a required first step for anyone interested in commercializing a technology or product, whether through a startup or licensing arrangement. Some graduates of this cohort may be eligible to apply to NSF’s Seven-week National I-Corps Program, which includes non-dilutive grants for customer discovery and prototype development. Additionally, this program can help teams develop better submissions for SBIR and CRCF grants from Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technologies.

Your ICAP Instructor

Bob Smith is currently the Director of  I-Corps at George Washington University where he helps researchers, inventors, and technology startups develop their technology commercialization and technology business startup efforts. He is also an instructor with the NSF’s DC I-Corp Node.

Bob has 30+ years’ experience in innovation and entrepreneurship. He is the Chairman of CollegeFactual.com, a leading college rankings website. He’s held senior management positions at Congressional Quarterly and America Online in sales, marketing, and new product development and was the founder and CEO of the first nation-wide online city guide, Digital City. As an executive, angel investor, and advisor he has helped companies in e-commerce, e-government, identity management, content publishing, geospatial analytics, data science, and local media go from launch through to favorable exits.

Bob received a BA from USC and his MBA from GWU. He is a veteran of the US Navy.

For more information email: icap@virginiasbdc.org

This cohort is brought to you by
Virginia SBDC | George Mason University | NSF I-Corps | Center for Innovative Technology

Submit your ICAP application (by April 26, 2020; midnight) at https://www.virginiasbdc.org/programs/icap/icap-application/