Commercialization Academy

2016 Fall Demo Day

Fall Demo Day 2016

Photo (l-r): Andrew Jaccoma, Sensible Spreader Technologies founder; TK Kuegler, Wasabi Ventures managing partner; Daniel Goddard, Director at AFRL/RI; Jeff Johansen, MakeIt 3D founder;, and Brian Abbe, ORTA at AFRL/RI.

Photo Credit: Simon Eisenbach Productions


On October 26, 2016, seven teams pitched their tech transfer ventures at The Commercialization Academy Fall Demo Day 2016, hosted by Griffiss Institute and Wasabi Ventures at the thINCubator in downtown Utica, NY.

The technologies presented used intellectual property from the Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate (AFRL/RI), in Rome, NY. Presenting teams were: QwikSupply, Solaset, Boxscore, AerialForce, MakeIt 3D, Homeparify and Sensible Spreader Technologies.

Judges' vote went to MakeIt 3D, while the audience vote went to Sensible Spreader Technologies.

Read full press release here.


Program funding for the Fall 2016 AFRL Commercialization Academy Demo Day was made available through the generous support of these funding partners:

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The Commercialization Academy is a Griffiss Institute entrepreneurial education program sponsored by the Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate (AFRL/RI). The Griffiss Institute has partnered with Wasabi Ventures to run the academy in 2015, and once again, in 2016. The Academy pairs high-caliber founders with high-potential AFRL technologies with the goals of developing entrepreneurial leaders and launching new technology ventures.

The Commercialization Academy program is derived from the proven Wasabi Ventures Academy curriculum and acceleration process which has supported more than 200 startups over the past decade, consists of three component tracks which run concurrently:

  1. Entrepreneurship education for founders
  2. Technology due diligence, ideation and market validation
  3. Team and Company formation, technology licensure and business acceleration

The 2017 Commercialization Academy program will begin with teams drawn from across the country, and comprised of students, veterans and seasoned business professionals. All teams will complete the 6-month Commercialization Academy curriculum developed, and achieve important milestones that will qualify them to pitch to local investors, stakeholders and funding partners at a 2017 Demo Day.