Instructors receive training in the I-Corps methodology to support new entrepreneurs. Instructor training occurs in conjunction with Regional Intro to Customer Discovery I-Corps courses.

Instructor Training

With the success of the National Science Foundation’s I-Corps program, universities across the United States are adopting and implementing evidence-based entrepreneurship programs to encourage economic development and commercialization efforts at both the undergraduate and graduate level.

The implementation of the I-Corps program has prompted the need for instructors trained in the I-Corps methodology. The Midwest I-Corps Instructor Training was created to educate, coach, and support emerging instructors so that they deliver well-rounded I-Corps programs to teams of entrepreneurs.

I-Corps program tools and philosophy are readily available through the Creative Commons licensing, and books are available for purchase to learn the specifics of the Business Model Canvas and Customer Discovery best practices; however, there is more to implementing the course than simply teaching the content. The way in which the course is implemented and the process by which the I-Corps program teaches entrepreneurs and companies to discern insight from their Customer Discovery interviews is a methodology in and of itself.

Midwest I-Corps Instructor Training programs run in conjunction with Regional Intro to Customer Discovery (ICD) courses. At this time, all courses and instructor training sessions will be held virtually for the foreseeable future. The training is intended for Regional-level I-Corps courses, not National-level I-Corps courses. We highly recommend working directly with your local university or institution to determine their needs for I-Corps instructors before applying for this training. At this time, we are prioritizing trainees that either broaden the demographics and experience of our existing National I-Corps instructor pool or need training to teach the I-Corps methodology at their respective local institutions.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Please contact with questions.

Fall 2020 Instructor Training – FULL!

Date Instructor Training ICD Course
Fri, Sept 25 11:00AM-12:00PM ET (12:00-1:00PM CT) &
1:30-2:00PM ET (12:30-1:00PM CT)
12:00-1:30PM ET (11:00AM-12:30PM CT)
Fri, Oct 2 2:00-3:00PM ET (1:00-2:00PM CT) 12:00-2:00PM ET (11:00AM-1:00PM CT)
Fri, Oct 16 2:00-3:00PM ET (1:00-2:00PM CT) 12:00-2:00PM ET (11:00AM-1:00PM CT)
Fri, Oct 30 2:00-3:00PM ET (1:00-2:00PM CT) 12:00-2:00PM ET (11:00AM-1:00PM CT)
Fri, Nov 13 2:00-3:00PM ET (1:00-2:00PM CT) 12:00-2:00PM ET (11:00AM-1:00PM CT)

It is required for you to commit to all Instructor Training and ICD Course times. Approximately 4-6 hours per week of time will be required outside of the times listed below as well.


DATES: Jan 24, Feb 7 & 21



DATES: Sept 27, Oct 15 & 30

LOCATION: West Lafayette, IN