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Demo Day Finalists

Six Innovative Tech Startup Finalists Announced to Pitch at 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!

ROME, NY – Griffiss Institute, together with the Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate, are pleased to announce the six startup finalists of the current 2019 AFRL Commercialization Academy cohort, of which five are from New York State, including three teams from the Mohawk Valley region, and one team hailing from Philadelphia, PA. [keep reading]


Spring 2018 Demo Day

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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 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 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 2019 Commercialization Academy program will begin with startups drawn from across the country, as well as New Yor State. All teams will complete the 4-month Commercialization Academy curriculum developed, and achieve important milestones that will qualify them to pitch to local investors, stakeholders, and funding partners at a 2019 Demo Day.


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