Aggie I-Corps

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Aggie I-Corps is a training program to test the feasibility of your business idea. The goals of this program are to spur translation of research, to encourage collaboration between academia and industry, and to train students to understand innovation and entrepreneurship.



Team must include a student Entrepreneurial Lead (EL), a faculty Principal Investigator (PI), and a Business Mentor (M). Detailed information about these roles is available here. You don’t need a full team to apply, although preference is given to complete teams.

  • The student Entrepreneurial Lead (EL) must be a current NMSU student. Students from Studio G Sites are eligible as well.
  • Availability to attend one three-hour and four two-hour workshops:
    • Summer 2022 Cohort will meet virtually July 1st – July 29th. Classes will meet Fridays from 10 am – 12 pm
      • Applications due by June 25, 2022.
      • Program will be offered fully virtually through video conferencing
  • To successfully complete Aggie I-Corps, teams are expected to conduct thirty (30) interviews with potential customers for their product or service.
  • Projects can originate from student work, research (funded or unfunded), institutional, or industrial projects. The topical focus of a project must be in an area(s) of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) normally supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF). For more information about what NSF funds please visit:


  • Reach a go or no-go decision for your project.
  • If decision is go, project may receive eligibility for the National I-Corps program, which includes a $50,000 award.
  • Numerous follow-on funding opportunities SBIR/STTR in addition to National I-Corps.
  • Upon completion of Aggie I-Corps, students will receive $2,000 participant support that may be subject to tax withholdings depending on status, university employment, and other terms and conditions. Please contact Brooke Montgomery at if you have any questions.

If you have any questions please contact Studio G at



Applications for Aggie I-Corps Summer 2022 Cohort is now open! Applications due by February 10, 2022.

Please apply early, especially if you need help finding a team.

Teaching Team

Dr. Kramer Winingham

Dr. Kramer Winingham

Director & Instructor, Aggie I-Corps

Dr. Kramer Winingham serves as a Program Director for Arrowhead Center and is the Director of NMSU’s National Science Foundation I-Corps Site. He holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration with specializations in Finance and Information Systems, and a Doctorate of Economic Development from NMSU. His doctoral thesis “Economic Development through Technology Transfer” developed a novel approach to technology transfer incorporating design thinking – this approach is applied to commercializing NMSU technologies at the Arrowhead Center. He currently serves as CEO/President for two companies commercializing technologies. He also owns and operates a property management company.

Kramer can be reached at or at (575) 646-7151.

Brooke Montgomery

Brooke Montgomery

Manager & Instructor, Aggie I-Corps

Brooke Montgomery serves as a Program Director for Arrowhead Center and is the Director of Studio G and AIBE, while serving as a manager and teacher for NMSU’s National Science Foundation I-Corps regional site. Brooke leads Studio G’s borderplex and statewide efforts in student entrepreneurship and innovation by providing direction for Studio G initiatives, strategies, goals, and performance while serving the diverse needs of student entrepreneurship and economic mobility across the state. She delivers experiential learning opportunities that foster inquiry, diversity and inclusion, social mobility, and service to the broader community. Brooke holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology with a minor in Political Science from the University of California, Irvine and a Master of Arts degree in Education and Post Graduate focused work in Multivariate Research Procedures/Analyses; Advanced Measurement and Statistics; Educational Leadership and Evaluation; from New Mexico State University. Brooke also serves as an entrepreneur serving as CEO for Pivotal Biotech LLC and holding patents in the respiratory medical device industry inclusive of Moisture Trap Assembly for Respiratory Circuit Publication number: 20170049987 and Adapter with Moisture Trap Assembly Publication number: 20180200469. 

Brooke can be reached at or at (575) 646-1859.

Aggie I-Corps is supported by the National Science Foundation as an Official NSF I-Corps™ Site