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Cal Poly Pomona I-Corps

What is I-Corps?

The National Science Foundation (NSF) I-Corps program prepares researchers to extend their focus beyond the university laboratory and accelerates the economic and societal benefits of research projects that are ready to move toward commercialization. Through I-Corps, researchers learn to identify valuable product opportunities that can emerge from academic research and gain skills in entrepreneurship through training in customer discovery and guidance from established entrepreneurs.

In 2018, Cal Poly Pomona was one of three CSUs to Earn NSF Innovation Corps GrantAs an I-Corps site, Cal Poly Pomona coordinates projects through the various stages of commercialization. Participants in the program gain knowledge about team building, customer discovery, and developing a Business Model Canvas. 

Program Highlights in the I-Corps Program

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Free 10-week course!
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Asynchronous so you can complete at your own pace.
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Gain important strategies and tools to bring your idea to the marketplace.
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Valuable information to create a comprehensive business model.
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Learn how to focus your business plan.
Micro-Credential Program

Mini-Credential Program

Translate your research into the marketplace! Learn more about the next NSF I-Corps Short Course by clicking the button below:

NSF I-Corps Micro-Credential Program

Mini-Credential Program
Application Deadline: March 1st, 2024

Learn how to translate your research, products, start-ups, technology, or ideas into the marketplace.

  • Position your research for SBIR/STTR funding
  • Learn how to focus your business plan
  • Build the skills to create a comprehensive business model
  • Get tools to bring your idea to the marketplace
  • Obtain mentoring opportunities
  • Gain valuable entrepreneurial knowledge 

This program is being offered to faculty, students, staff, and alumni from Cal Poly Pomona and other local colleges and universities, as well as any entrepreneurs from the local community.  All are welcome! Please email i-corps@cpp.edu if you have any questions.

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Micro-Credential Program

I-Corps Spotlight

Updates from Vistendo Inc.,

Updates from Vistendo Inc.,
a multiple-grant winning start-up founded by CPP I-Corps alumna Isabel Gutierrez:

Building upon three SBIR grants, Vistendo is now working with the Johns Hopkins Brain Injury Outcome Center to test its concussion device in comparison with commercial clinical equipment. Vistendo has also received support from Arcadia City Mayor Tai for their mental health mobile app. A recent award of  $500k from the US Army is able to help Vistendo to test their mobile app on its usefulness to improve mental and physical health by military members. Currently working with CPP athletic trainers and athletes, Vistendo also aims to use this mobile app to enhance mental and physical injury communication safely in sports and kinesiology fields.

Learn more about Vistendo
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I-Corps Report 2023

Read the I-Corps Report below from the 2022 - 2023 Academic Innovation Annual Report.

Isabel Gutierrez

CPP Mechanical Engineering Alumna '19
NSF I-Corps Cohort 2 ('19)