Commercialization Academy

Finalists Named for Demo Day

Six teams are preparing to pitch their startups live at Demo Day to win $300,000 in prize seed funding, provided by IDEA NY Mohawk Valley!

Six Innovative Tech Startup Finalists Announced to Pitch at Demo Day

ROME, NY – Griffiss Institute, together with the Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate, are pleased to announce the six startup finalists of the Fall 2019 AFRL Commercialization Academy cohort. This cohort’s teams are all from New York State, including two teams from the Mohawk Valley region.

These tech teams are being incubated while building their startups around Department of Defense Intellectual Property (IP) from the Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate (AFRL/RI) in Rome, New York. [keep reading!]


 

The AFRL Commercialization Academy is a Griffiss Institute entrepreneurial education program sponsored by the Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate (AFRL/RI). The Griffiss Institute has been running the academy since 2015. 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 consists of a comprehensive curriculum and acceleration process focused on:

  1. Entrepreneurship education for founders
  2. Technology due diligence, ideation and market validation
  3. Technology licensure, business acceleration and go to market strategy

The 2019 Commercialization Academy program will begin with startups drawn from across the country, as well as New York State. Teams will complete the 16-week Commercialization Academy curriculum that will qualify them to compete for IDEA NY prize money on Demo Day.

2019 AFRL Commercialization Academy Demo Day Powered by IDEA NY
Brian Barris of SkyTubeLive, and Justin Call of Go Figure, talk to us a bit about their winning startups at the March 2019 AFRL Commercialization Academy Demo Day. On March 21, 2019, six teams pitched their startup ideas in cyber security, big data, information systems, and Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) for $300,000 in prize seed funding provided by IDEA NY. Go Figure, from Utica, NY, walked away with the Grand Prize of $200,000, and runner-up, SkyTubeLive, from Oneida, NY, took home $100,000 for their startup! The six startup teams who took the stage were: • CYBER DEFENSE NETWORK ADAPTER – Oriskany, NY • E-HEALTH NOW – Philadelphia, PA • GO FIGURE – Utica, NY • SKYTUBELIVE – Oneida, NY • STONEWALL DEFENSE – Watervliet, NY • TOOLING INTEL – Yorkville, NY

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