Michigan State University Ag I-Corps Program

Michigan State University will be hosting a 6-week intensive Ag I-Corps program in partnership with the Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Michigan with funding through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. The Ag I-Corps program, developed by the National Science Foundation is intended to create an opportunity for teams throughout the state and region to turn their technology into commercial opportunities. In order to apply to the Ag I-Corps program, you will need to meet the following requirements:

  1. The project must be based on a Agriculture focused, differentiating technology.
  2. A project team (more than 1 person on each team, max of 4 people per team), must be formed around the technology.
  3. Teams must be fully committed to being open minded and following the Ag I-Corps process and must commit to attending all of the program events.
  4. All members of the team should be willing to work together as you will be required to contact 100 people during the program.
  5. The technology must be ready for commercialization with fundamental scientific principals proven. If the team is already locked into a specific market and executing their go-to-market strategy, they have already passed to appropriate stage for this program.

Application process:

1) Fill out the application below. For questions, please email Andrew McColm at .
2) Rolling acceptance with a cut-off date of May 03, 2015
3) Accepted teams will be notified on a rolling basis and no later than May 12, 2015

Location and Timing:

MSU Innovation Center, East Lansing
• Kick-off session: May 31, June 1-3, 2015
• Closing session: July 16-17, 2015
• Four interactive webinars will be held in-between sessions

Please note: The application will not submit unless all required fields (marked with an asterisk) have something written in them. If you do not yet know the answer to a question, please write “to be determined” in the space. This will not disqualify you, or delay the progress of the application. Most applications are submitted with one or more fields having “to be determined” in them.

A successful submission will return a confirmation message on this page and a confirmation email sent to your PI’s email address.


This person is a Faculty member or senior researcher
This person can be an MBA, MS, PhD, PostDoc, familiar with the technology and will be the designated spokesperson
A Mentor is an experienced business individual