ZAP! Registration Now Open!

January 3, 2018

Join the program that has successfully enabled 26 teams to get $50,000 customer discovery grants from the National Science Foundation!  Our short course helps you qualify for these prestigious I-Corps awards.


Registration is now open for our next ZAP! course.  Register online by Tuesday, January 9.


Friday January 12 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 

Friday January 19  10 a.m. – 2 p.m.


ZAP! is based on the successful National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (I-Corps) methods of accelerating the translation of university engineering research to the marketplace.  If you complete ZAP!, you will be invited to IN-LA’s Technology Scouting Workshop, an opportunity to pitch to investors, and may move forward in the IN-LA process toward eligibility for a $50,000 NSF I-Corps grant.


It’s really easy!  Here are the steps:

  • Go to and enter “USC ZAP! Jan 12” for the date.
  • Before the first class, fill out this two-slide template. Don’t worry if you don’t know all the terms – we’ll teach them in our course – just give it a try.
  • In the first class, learn about business terminology and more importantly, how to interview customers to understand their needs.
  • Interview 5 people in the week following the first session.
  • Tell us what you learned in the second session.

That’s it!  Join the wave of innovators commercializing their technologies.

Published on January 3rd, 2018

Last updated on January 3rd, 2018