I-Corps Team Members



All current Rutgers undergraduate and graduate students, doctoral students, post-doctoral researchers, administrative staff, and faculty are eligible to apply as an Entrepreneurial Lead (EL).

I-Corps teams are typically composed of three Team members.

  • The Entrepreneurial Lead (EL) could be a postdoctoral scholar, graduate or other student, staff member, researcher, or other personnel with relevant knowledge of the technology and a deep commitment to investigate the commercial landscape surrounding the innovation. The Entrepreneurial Lead should also be capable of and have the will to support the transition of the technology, should the I-Corps Site Team project demonstrate the potential for commercial viability.
  • The I-Corps Teams Mentor (IM) will typically be an experienced entrepreneur with proximity to the institution and experience in transitioning technology out of Academic labs. The I-Corps Teams Mentor should be a third-party resource and may be recommended by the proposing institution. The I-Corps Teams Mentor will usually have contacts in the industry area(s) being explored.  Other than their direct expenses for program participation, Mentors are not compensated through I-Corps Teams awards – Mentors are part of a volunteer cadre of entrepreneurs.
  • The Technical Lead (TL) sometime referred to as the Academic Lead (AL) will typically be a faculty member, senior research scientist or postdoctoral scholar with deep and direct technical expertise in the actual core technology about which the I-Corps team is exploring commercial potential. Usually the Technical Lead will also serve as the proposal Principal Investigator (PI) if the team applies for the National I-Corps program.

Note:  Student teams require two or more members (both can be students).  Teams should have an EL and one other team member when applying to the I-Corps Site cohort.   We can help you find either a Technical Lead or a Mentor.

Teams may have an additional member in the role of co-EL, co-TL, or co-IM. Teams with more than four members are not typically supported.