The ICAP team is made up of a group of successful entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs who have participated in National Science Foundation I-Corps programs and are experienced practitioners of The Lean Startup methodology. The ICAP Mentors are the backbone of the program and provide advice and support that would otherwise cost tens of thousands of dollars. What makes working with them invaluable is that they have all experienced successes and failures that have taught them valuable lessons that guide their guidance to startups. ICAP Mentors work one-on-one with startups to provide long-term support and advising for as long as the company makes progress on their mutually agreed upon goals and action items.

Benefits of Mentorship

The overall goal of ICAP is to assist startups on their path towards success, and to provide customized support and connection to resources based on their needs – and (stage of business) when they are ready.

Guidance, Not Direction

Our team will not tell you what to do or whether or not they think you have a good idea - only the market and your potential customers can tell you that. ICAP Mentors will help guide you as you learn what the market wants/needs in order to help make data-driven business decisions

Experience That Counts

Our highly-experienced group of  ICAP Mentors provide one-on-one advising for as long as you continue working on your venture

Honest, Respectful Feedback

Each ICAP Mentor is dedicated to helping startups find success. To do this, honest and respectful feedback is required. The feedback given might be that more work is needed, or a longer path, but it is always given for the betterment of the startup

Adjunct Instructors

All ICAP Mentors serve as adjunct instructors for each ICAP Introductory Course. This is the NSF I-Corps Regional Short Course for George Mason University. ICAP Mentors provide one-on-one guidance to startups as they begin and continue their customer discovery journeys

Meet the Mentors

Irfan Ali​

ICAP Mentor

Rachel Frazier

ICAP Mentor

Gary Grenter

ICAP Mentor

Marty Kaszubowski

Technology Mentor

TJ Master

Technology Mentor

Ankit Mathur

Life Science Mentor

William McPheat​

Life Science Mentor

Dan Meyer

Technology Mentor

Steve Obenski

ICAP Mentor

David Perkins

ICAP Mentor

David Powell​

ICAP Mentor

Donita Prakash

ICAP Mentor

Elizabeth Pyle​

Life Science Mentor

Philippe Sommer

Life Science Mentor


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