Commercialization Academy


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Operation Demo Day
The Griffiss Institute and Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate have hosted their latest AFRL Commercialization Academy Demo Day pitch competition. This year was incredible, and it's exciting to see how not only the Griffiss Institute is growing this awesome event, but how the teams are becoming stronger, and more competitive each year. This year's winner was United Aircraft Technologies (UAT), a woman and veteran owned company. The runner-up was PreVision.
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The AFRL Commercialization Academy is a Griffiss Institute entrepreneurial education program sponsored by the Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate (AFRL/RI). 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 2020 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.