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The I-STEM program at the J. Herbert Smith Centre is based on the I-Corps methodology created by the National Science Foundation in the United States. I-STEM teaches investigators to identify valuable product opportunities that can emerge from academic research and offers entrepreneurship training to participants through a targeted curriculum.

I-STEM is about getting out of the building, talking to customers, and testing hypotheses.

Goals of the program

  1. Give teams an experiential learning opportunity to help determine the commercial readiness of their technology
  2. To gain a deep understanding of customer needs based on first-hand evidence
  3. To enable the team to develop a clear go/no-go decision
  4. Develop a transition plan to move the technology forward to the market if the team decides to do so
  5. To enable Faculty, Researchers, Students, and Entrepreneurs to develop entrepreneurial skills and mind-set


This seven-week course is designed to help you find a market fit with your technology or idea. The course consists of the 3-day opening session, weekly video conferences and course work, and the final 2-day session to present overall progress.

I-STEM will be running its first cohort on the following dates:

  • Start date: October 8-10 – in-person training with UNB I-STEM and the teaching team from George Washington University
  • Weekly meetings: Thursday 1-3 p.m. AST
  • Final presentation sessions: November 20-21 - in-person training with UNB I-STEM and the teaching team from George Washington University

The I-STEM program is looking for talented researchers with ideas that they want to commercialize to be part of our cohort. Any interested researchers should fill out our application form to start the process. 

For more information please send an e-mail to the program manager, Dominic Blakely.

Apply now