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Innovation Corps

Why Translational Medicine Will Never Be the Same

Steve Blank | Posted 11.15.2014 | Business
Steve Blank

For the past three years the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps has been teaching our nations best scientists how to build a Lean Startup.

I-Corps @ NIH - Pivoting the Curriculum

Steve Blank | Posted 08.26.2014 | Business
Steve Blank

We've pivoted our Lean LaunchPad / I-Corps curriculum. We're changing the order in which we teach the business model canvas and customer development t...

Why Lean May Save Your Life - The I-Corps @ NIH

Steve Blank | Posted 08.20.2014 | Business
Steve Blank

Today the National Institutes of Health announced they are offering my Lean LaunchPad class (I-Corps @ NIH ) to commercialize Life Science. There may...


Steve Blank | Posted 09.19.2012 | Small Business
Steve Blank

When I was an entrepreneur I'd pursue a goal relentlessly. Everything in between me and my goal was simply an obstacle that needed to be removed. This week I had another reminder of what it was like.

NSF Innovation Corps -- What America Does Best

Steve Blank | Posted 05.30.2012 | Small Business
Steve Blank

The National Science Foundation Innovation Corps combines the best of what the U.S. government, American researchers in academia and risk capital can do together.

Stanford 2012 Lean LaunchPad Presentations -- Part 2 of 2

Steve Blank | Posted 05.15.2012 | Business
Steve Blank

Yesterday, the second half of the Stanford Engineering Lean LaunchPad Class gave their final presentations. Here are the final four.

Stanford 2012 Lean LaunchPad Presentations -- Part 1 of 2

Steve Blank | Posted 05.08.2012 | Business
Steve Blank

The premise of the class is that startups are not about executing a plan where the product, customers and channel are known. Startups are in fact only temporary organizations, organized to search -- not execute -- for a scalable and repeatable business model.

Search Versus Execute

Steve Blank | Posted 05.07.2012 | Business
Steve Blank

The primary objective of a start-up is to validate its business model hypotheses (and iterate and pivot until it does).

NSF ICorps Class 2: The Business Model Canvas

Steve Blank | Posted 02.26.2012 | Business
Steve Blank

The 21 National Science Foundation teams had been out of the classroom for just 15 hours as they filed back in with their business model canvas presentations. Their assignment appeared (to them) to be deceptively simple.

Turning Science Into Startups: NSF Launches Innovation Corps

Steve Blank | Posted 09.27.2011 | Business
Steve Blank

The NSF has announced the Innovation Corps -- a program to take the most promising research projects in American university laboratories and turn them into startups.