NSF Great Plains I-Corps Training Program

Posted on: May 24, 2023   |   Categories: Announcements, News & Updates
Nsf Great Plains I Corps Hub

Do you have an idea, innovation, or research that could eventually become a product or service? Are you interested in adding new perspectives and furthering your customer discovery? Are you considering starting a business?

The Great Plains Innovation Corps is now taking applications for its Summer II Cohort!

Register for this free, five-week program that starts on Tuesday, July 18, to engage in an experiential learning process centered around customer discovery. The course is specifically designed to equip teams with the necessary skills to effectively design products and services that offer tangible benefits to customers. By participating in this course, teams will gain valuable insights that can be used to develop a focused commercialization strategy that facilitates the transition of technology from the lab to the marketplace.

The primary focus of the course is on improving communication with the customer ecosystem. Teams will be taught how to accurately represent the voice of the customer, which will provide investors and partners with an unbiased perspective on the strategies used for commercialization. Through a series of structured lectures and best practices, the course aims to support teams in their efforts to engage with customers in a meaningful way.

The Great Plains I-Corps hub’s free, non-credit training program is welcome to all who are interested in applying. Spots are filling up fast, so be sure to submit your application soon. The application can be found in the events section of its website, at You may also email its team at for more information.

Applications are due by Monday, June 26.


Tuesday, July 18  |  1 – 4 p.m.

  • Intro to Customer Discovery
  • Coaching Session – Discovery Strategy

Wednesday, July 19  |  1 – 4 p.m.

  • Customer Value Propositions
  • Coaching Session – Ecosystem Models

Thursday, August 3  |  1 – 4 p.m.

  • Team Presentations
  • Coaching Session – Customer Problems

Thursday, August 10  |  1 – 4 p.m.

  • Team Presentations
  • Coaching Session – Customer Value Props

Thursday, August 17  |  1 – 4 p.m. 

  • Final Presentations
  • What’s Next?

About the Great Plains Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Hub

North Dakota State University has been awarded a $14 million grant over five years from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to establish a multi-institutional Great Plains Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Hub that will provide immersive, entrepreneurial training for scientists and engineers with the goal of moving ideas to commercialization. The Hub is led by North Dakota State University and includes four South Dakota universities: South Dakota State University, South Dakota Mines, Dakota State University and the University of South Dakota.