I-Corps @ LSEC

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September I-Corps @ LSEC was a Success!

Next Session will be Nov 29, Dec 1 and 6

Last September 20 we saw a spectacular conclusion to the first session of I-Corps @ LSEC.

Eight teams (representing not only Berkeley, but UCSC, UC Davis, UCSF, UCI, Stanford, and Yale, among others, and including three faculty-led and an MD team) conducted 120 customer discovery interviews over the course of five business days.

The technology they market-tested included cancer therapeutics and diagnostics, veterinary diagnostics, EHR innovations, organ transplant preservation, research and medical lab automation, hospital equipment, and caregiver monitoring innovations. Each of the eight teams came away with a different view of their potential market after only five business days.

Based on the success of this first session, the Life Sciences Entrepreneurship Center is excited to announce the second I-Corps @ LSEC short course will be held Nov 29, Dec 1 and 6, 6-9pm online.

If you have a life science startup idea this free intensive workshop will change your mindset around how you understand the stakeholders who determine whether your idea is adopted. More information about I-Corps and apply here. Apply by November 12.

If you have any questions, or would like to learn more about I-Corps @ LSEC or the Life Sciences Entrepreneurship Center, please email lifesciences@berkeley.edu or sign up for a 1:1 Advisory Session here.

FAQs re I-Corps @ LSEC

What should I expect?

In one week you'll learn the Lean Startup methodology, and do at least fifteen customer discovery interviews. Participants have consistently described the experience as "mindset changing" and "pivotal" to their entrepreneurial journey.

Do I need to have a startup?

No, just a potentially commercializable idea – this course will help you decide whether or how best to pursue that startup idea. If you do have a company already, that’s ok – I-Corps has helped teams with paying customers refine their customer segments and value propositions, to help find more paying customers!

Do I need a team?

No and yes. This weeklong course is enough work that we don't take solo teams. You do need at least one teammate to participate with you. However, that person can be a friend, classmate, or colleague interested in getting an intensive customer discovery experience. In fact, it often works better to have a temporary teammate who is not as close to your technology.

Do I need to be a Berkeley student?

No. The mission of Berkeley LSEC is to promote innovation from UC Berkeley so we love teams with tech from Berkeley, but anyone with a university or national lab connection are welcome to apply.

Who is the instructor?

Darren Cooke, Director of the Life Sciences Entrepreneurship Center at UC Berkeley. He has taught the regional I-Corps program at Berkeley since 2017, and similar programs for the NSF, NIH, UC LAUNCH, and the Haas MBA course Lean Transfer. He’s also the former chair of the Bio Track at Berkeley SkyDeck and of Med Device and Digital Health at Life Science Angels.

I still have questions. Where do I get more info?

Sign up for an Advisory Session. We’d love to tell you more about this opportunity.