2017 Spring Demo Day
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:
- Entrepreneurship education for founders
- Technology due diligence, ideation and market validation
- 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.