The Innovation Corps (I-Corps) is a National Science Foundation initiative to boost the impact of academic research receiving NSF funding by helping researchers bring their innovations to the marketplace. RED Labs hosts a number of I-Corps workshops, lunch-n-learns, and other events throughout the year to help further these technological discoveries on their path to commercialization.

Every Winter and Summer we offer short courses to students and faculty. The short courses consist of two workshops: an opening workshop and a closing workshop.  At the opening workshop you learn about the methodology of start-ups. At the closing workshop, you present your findings from your customer interviews.

Winter 2018 Intro Short Course: The UH Winter Intro to I-Corps opening workshop is December 7th, 2018 and the closing workshop is January 10th, 2019. Submit an application here by November 30th, 2018.

Summer 2019 Intro Short Course: Dates TBD contact for more information.

Want to take part in a regional or national I-Corps program hosted by another University? Contact us.

Proto Me This

Proto Me This is a semester long fellowship program designed for students that have an idea for an innovation product BUT don't know how to build it. Spend the semester working with Anderson Ta. Design, refine, and build your idea. The fellowship ends with a presentation of your idea.

How to Apply:

Head to, our website, or our Instagram @uhredlabs and submit an application. If you have some initial drawings, include them in the application. Applications close January 31st.

Pitch Madness

Do you have an idea for an innovative, scalable, tech business? Ready to pitch it to the whole world?! Well maybe just to all UH. RED Labs in hosting the 2nd Annual Pitch Madness, a tournament style pitch competition AND we are giving out $10,000 in prizes to the students with the best ideas.

Due to the coronavirus situation at the University of Houston, we are currently assessing the possibilities for Pitch Madness. At this time, we are planning to either delay the event or to host the activities online. Either way - we're planning to move forward! To stay up-to-date and hear if anything changes before the event, you can submit an application and we'll update all applicants. Or, if you just want to stay up-to-date, please subscribe to the listserv here.

How to enter: You must attend an workshop. These bootcamps sessions have been delayed from their original scheduled date due to the coronavirus and will likely be moved online. To be kept up to date with information about the bootcamps, you can fill out the application and receive updates. If you just want to stay up-to-date please sign up here for information. At this workshop, you will learn about the rules of the competition and how to make your pitch competition ready.

Follow us on Instagram @uhredlabs for the most up to date information. Until then, feel free to contact Liana at with any questions you might have.