What is I-Corps™ for Learning?

I-Corps™ for Learning (I-Corps™ L) is a subsidiary to the original I-Corps™ program, a National Science Foundation’s (NSF) accelerated version of Stanford University’s Lean LaunchPad course.  I-Corps™ L is designed specifically for STEM educators with innovative teaching strategies, technologies, or set of curriculum materials. The principal goal of the program is to foster an entrepreneurial mindset within the education community and to impact the way innovations are designed and implemented. It provides real world, hands-on training and a model approach to assess the potential for sustainable scalability of education innovations.

The I-Corps™ L program uses a lean approach to scaling teaching and learning innovations into broad practice by using established strategies for start-ups. Participating teams will go through a hypothesis-testing, scientific method of discovery to gather important insights and identify issues associated with their projects. Teams are forced “out of the classroom” to conduct interviews, study customer needs, collect feedback, and find partnership opportunities. It is expected that participants will leave the program with an expanded skill-set and tools to evaluate and translate their research into applicable methods for educational transformation.

With support from the NSF, the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) has partnered with the University of Minnesota STEM Education Center, Arizona State University, and Tufts University to deliver the I-Corps™ for Learning program to STEM education researchers.


Smart Start:
Designing Impact-Driven Projects

COURSE I: Online (February 17 – March 5, 2018)

  • Application Period: October 25 – November 23, 2017 Extended to December 14, 2017
  • Acceptance Notification: December 8, 2017
  • Kick-off Workshop (Online): February 17, 2018, 9 AM – 5 PM ET
  • Office Hours (Online): Two one-hour sessions (arranged with instructors)
  • Closing Workshop (Online):March 5, 2018, 1 PM – 4 PM ET

COURSE II: Blended (March 17 – April 2, 2018)

  • Application Period: November 22 – December 27, 2017
  • Acceptance Notification: January 10, 2018
  • Kick-off Workshop (National Harbor, MD): March 17, 2018, 9 AM – 5 PM ET
  • Office Hours (Online): Two one-hour sessions (arranged with instructors)
  • Closing Workshop (Online): April 2, 2018, 1 PM – 4 PM ET



March 18, 2016
Webinar: I-Corps L Prospective PI Webinar. Hosted by NSF Program Director Karen Crosby.[Recorded Webinar] [Webinar Slides]

February 26, 2016
Dear Colleague Letter: [NSF 16-049 Stimulating Innovation in STEM Education ]. One-page applications should be emailed directly to the Program Director, Karen Crosby (kcrosby@nsf.gov) by April 1st, 2016.

April 16, 2015
2015 ASEE Annual Conference to host I-Corps for Learning Session:

U471J·SUNDAY WORKSHOP: I-CorpsTM for Learning Workshop – Sponsored by Intel
Sun. June 14, 2015 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
WA State Conv. Center, Room 607

March 26, 2015
Webinar: NSF's I-Corps L. Hosted by NSF Program Director John Krupczak [slides(PPT)] [audio] [recorded webinar]

March 9, 2015
Dear Colleague Letter: NSF 15-050 Stimulating Innovation in STEM Education

January 23, 2015
Blog Post: A Bright idea: Teaching educators to be entrepreneurs by Neil Kane

August 27, 2014
Webinar: NSF’s I-Corps L.  Hosted by NSF Program Officer Don Millard [slides(PDF)] [audio] [recorded webinar]

July 23, 2014
Blog Post: Getting Lean in Education – By Getting Out of the Classroom  by Steve Blank

July 15, 2014
Dear Colleague Letter: NSF 14-095 Stimulating Innovation in STEM Education