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Fall 2017 Commercialization Academy DEMO DAY

Nov 30, 2017, 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM Location: Griffiss Institute, 725 Daedalian Drive, Rome, NY

AFRL Commercialization Academy Fall 2017 Demo Day

Celebrate four months of accomplishment with the four startups of the Fall 2017 AFRL Commercialization Academy cohort! The hard work and dedication by each startup will culminate with a pitch competition and networking at Demo Day, Thursday, November 30, at Griffiss Institute, Rome, NY! Please join us and help grow the entrepreneurial network here in New York State by helping to launch innovators toward success! 

Griffiss Institute and Wasabi Ventures would like to invite you to join the four startups of the Fall 2017 Commercialization Academy cohort as they pitch a panel of judges, and live audience, on the companies they have built around Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate (AFRL/RI) technology. A judges' vote and an audience vote will be held, with two cash prizes of $15,000 and $5,000, respectively, to be given to the winners of the two best pitches of the day.

That means each startup will have the opportunity to win much-needed seed money! 

The four New York State-based startups are: GivDappsGood People EnergyInky's Bookshelf, and Let's Chat About It. Over the last four months, these entrepreneurs have received an abundance of tools and resources, including a startup educational platform that has taught each of them the logistics of building a startup.

We'll also welcome back previous Judges' Choice winners, Mentis Technologies (Spring 2017), and InfluenceLogic (Fall 2015, formerly VidFall), to provide updates on their companies. At the Spring 2017 Demo Day, Mentis Technologies won the Judges' Choice Award and E-Health Now won the Audience Choice Award.


2017 Fall Demo Day Agenda:

Emcee: Michele Pesula Kuegler, Associate Dean at Wasabi Ventures

5:00 pm: Get to Know the Startups & Network
Talk to the teams at their booths, mingle, grab a bite of food (Delta Lake Inn) & a cold beverage (Copper City Brewing Co.)

6:00 pm: Welcome & Opening Remarks

6:15 pm: Program Overview
Michele Pesula Kuegler, Associate Dean at Wasabi Ventures

6:20 pm: Academy Pitches
Good People Engery
Inky's Bookshelf
Let's Chat About It

6:55 pm: Alumni Presentations
Mentis Technologies

7:10 pm: A Word from Our Supporters

7:20 pm: Thank Yous
Dan Fayette, Principal Engineer, Griffiss Institute

7:25 pm: Closing, Awards & Reception

* Agenda subject to change