NSF I-Corps Node

Upstate New York (UNY) I-Corps Node

Rochester Institute of Technology has partnered with Cornell University and University of Rochester to create the Upstate New York (UNY) I-Corps Node. NSF has awarded $4.2 million to the three universities to support this Node. NSF I-Corps gives researchers the opportunity to combine their strong technical and scientific knowledge with an entrepreneurial mindset, with the goal of discovering new technologies that can be developed for market.

The Upstate New York I-Corps Node combines the experience of the nation’s top university R&D region with the entrepreneurial knowledge of experienced mentors and faculty. The Node acts as a hub for commercialization training in the Northeast, connecting skilled researchers to valuable resources through national and regional I-Corps programming.


The I-Corps Node program is designed to prepare participants to innovate and create beyond the academic sphere. The UNY I-Corps Node will provide targeted curriculum, mentorship from experienced entrepreneurs, and a connection to the national I-Corps network of Nodes, Sites, Teams, and knowledge. Each year, the UNY I-Corps Node will recommend 20-30 teams to the National NSF program, where participants can receive $50K NSF funding and other opportunities; participating in a Short Course is an excellent way to get involved in the I-Corps network.

RIT’s Simone Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship will host an Access and Inclusion Technologies Short Course on the RIT campus beginning in March 2020, taught by Anthony Testa. In-person sessions will be held March 20, March 21 and April 3 with conference calls on March 25 and April 1. Read below or visit NSF I-Corps Upstate New York (UNY) Node for more information.

Apply for the RIT Short Course HERE.

Learn about other regional Short Courses here!


Access and Inclusion Technologies Short Course at RIT


There currently exists a range of Access and Inclusion Technologies (A&IT), either on the market or in development, to help people—whether they are chronically ill patients, aging seniors, veterans, deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals, people who are blind and visually impaired, or individuals with physical and cognitive challenges.

RIT, in partnership with the NSF Upstate New York (UNY) I-Corps Node, is committed to advancing access and inclusion for people of all abilities through innovative technology research and development. In addition to the core curriculum of the UNY I-Corps Node Short Courses, the A&IT Short Course specifically will explore the unique systems and challenges involved in A&IT realization and commercialization. 

For more information on the UNY I-Corps Node visit the website.