NSF I-Corps Propelus

Explore how your discovery can help potential customers and meet industry needs as a startup or venture.
  • Jun 5, 2023, 9:30 am12:30 pm
  • Jun 7, 2023, 9:30 am12:30 pm
  • Jun 14, 2023, 9:30 am12:30 pm
  • Jun 28, 2023, 9:30 am12:30 pm


Event Description

Apply by May 15, 2023.

Propelus is a four-week program, run by the NSF I-Corps Northeast Hub, designed for research teams to explore how your discovery can help potential customers and meet industry needs as a startup or venture.

NSF I-Corps provides training and grants to support team-based customer research aimed at investigating the viability and societal impact of scientific and technological discoveries.

Our four-session program helps researchers explore the customer perspective to inform how a discovery or innovation can become the basis of a successful startup or venture. 

To apply to attend the Regional Program, researchers must form a team of at least two people involved with the scientific or technological discovery. The team must include:

  • an entrepreneurial lead (often a postdoctoral researcher, graduate student or undergraduate) and
  • a technical lead (usually a faculty member)


Training: Four sessions introducing the Lean LaunchPad methodology which focuses on customer discovery research to evaluate the potential of your idea to solve problems and provide value. View a sample course agenda.

Funding: Grants of up to $3,000 are provided to each selected team and can be used to fund expenses related to customer discovery research, including conferences and marketing tools. 

Resources: Selected teams will receive mentorship from seasoned entrepreneurs and innovators. Teams may also utilize many other programs offered by the Hub-affiliated institutions.

Follow-on opportunities: Upon completion, teams are eligible for the national NSF I-Corps Teams program which provides an intensive 7-week training course and a $50,000 grant.

Learn more and apply