Introducing Accelerated I-Corps Program for Data Science with the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

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Introducing: Accelerated I-Corps Program for Data Science

The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is pleased to introduce a new, accelerated version of the I-Corps program, designed for data scientists.

The Accelerated I-Corps Program will span four weeks and provide teams with a $500 grant to support their customer discovery efforts. The program uses experiential education to help data scientists/researchers gain valuable insight into entrepreneurship, starting a business, and/or industry requirements and challenges. Participating data scientists and researchers have the opportunity to be matched with a student intern for the I-Corps program. Student interns can support customer discovery efforts. The program will focus on:

  • Data science applications
  • Helping teams explore market opportunities for their research
  • Increase access to potential funding, including up to $1.75 million in equity-free funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF)

The Polsky Center I-Corps program empowers UChicago scientists, researchers, and students to learn about innovation and entrepreneurship and how to test the potential of their ideas. Funded by the NSF, the program is designed for teams working on projects related to the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields.

Applications for the Accelerated Data Science I-Corps cohort are due by Friday, Aug. 21, at 5 p.m. CT, and will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Previous experience in business or entrepreneurship is not required. For more information, visit

Questions? Contact Ellen Zatkowski.