NSF I Corps West Virginia Short Course

NSF I Corps teaches the foundations of the business model canvas and customer discovery.


The National Science Foundation I-Corps program is designed to help educate researchers and clinicians on the basic principles of customer discovery and entrepreneurship and provides the first major step in translating science to commercial products. Through a hypothesis-driven approach, participants are given the tools and knowledge to become successful in understanding and implementing customer discovery and product-market fit.  The regional course is completely free, runs approximately 3.5 weeks and is fully virtual.  Offered three times a year it is great way to jump into customer discovery and the business model canvas.  This program is open to all residents of West Virginia, regardless of university of business affiliations.  Qualifying teams that complete the regional course can then apply to the national course which runs 8 weeks long and provides a financial stipend to complete broader customer discovery.  

Services Provided

Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting
  • Market Research (Specialty)

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Bonding
  • Government Funding (Specialty)

Manufacturing, High Tech, Life Sciences Development

  • Commercialization

Marketing and Sales

  • Market Research (Specialty)


  • Formal Mentoring Programs (Specialty)
  • One-on-One Counseling (Specialty)

Technical Assistance

  • Commercialization


  • Marketing Plan Training (Specialty)
Contact Information
Erienne Olesh
1601 University Ave
Morgantown, WV 26506