The NSF i-Corps program introduces scientists and engineers to real-world, hands-on training that helps move ideas from the laboratory to the marketplace. Program participants can apply for up to $2,700 in grant funding to conduct customer discovery, market research or purchase supplies to create a prototype. Successful teams become eligible to apply for the NSF National I-Corps Program, an intensive seven-week program that provides up to $50,000 in grant funding.
Venture Lab is open to early stage ventures from the Charlottesville community, with a focus upon MVP and initial market development. The program provides up to $5,000 in grant funding, dedicated workspace, mentorship, workshops, legal support, and other resources.
Catalyst is a long-format accelerator, providing high-potential startups in central Virginia with nine months of program support, including: $20,000 in grant funding, dedicated workspace, experienced founders-in-residence, monthly programming, dedicated staff, a large network of industry experts, and access to nearly $50,000 in additional resources.