I-Corps @ LSEC

The next I-Corps @ LSEC course will take place June 10, 12, and 17, 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 here. Applications for the next I-Corps @ LSEC session are now open until May 24. Note non-lifesciences-specific versions of this workshop take place every month at Haas - more inforation and apply at the previous link.

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(link sends e-mail) or sign up for a 1:1 Advisory Session here(link is external).

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(link is external), 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(link is external). We’d love to tell you more about this opportunity.

We wanted to thank you for the opportunity to do customer discovery with you during I-Corps. The conviction and relationships we built through that process were at the center of our application and interview.
Recent I-Corps @ LSEC Graduate, accepted to Y-Combinator

"Thank you for the tremendously important customer discovery experience with the NSF Bay Area I-Corps program. It was instrumental in our ability to understand the problem and customer segment. I would recommend that experience to any founder."

- Nicole Jiam, MD, Co-Founder at IIAM Health, and Neurotology & Skull Base Surgery Fellow at Mass Eye and Ear/Harvard Medical School