Spring 2017 AFRL Commercialization Academy Interview Series

These startup teams are competing in the Spring 2017 AFRL Commercialization Academy Demo Day on Thursday, June 29, 2017

The six teams of the Spring 2017 AFRL Commercialization Academy cohort will compete for two cash prizes of $15,000 and $5,000 from the judges’ panel and live audience, respectively.

The six tech startup teams of the Spring 2017 AFRL Commercialization Academy Cohort, are building their companies in various industries, from health tech to data processing. These tech transfer teams have been 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.

The teams will pitch to Upstate New York’s local investment community, industry leaders, and other potential partners at a live Demo Day on Thursday, June 29, 2017 at 5:00 pm EDT, at Mohawk Valley Community College’s new campus at 1101 Floyd Avenue, in Rome, New York. A judges’ vote and a live 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!

Would you like to meet some of the teams? Through the Spring 2017 AFRL Commercialization Academy Interview Series, Griffiss Institute and Wasabi Ventures would like to introduce you to E-Health Now, Intake, Adk Ops, Mentis Technologies, and Indago Innovations. The teams reveal their unique startup journeys, from the problems and experiences that motivated them to seek solutions, applying to the AFRL Commercialization Academy, to their struggles to build innovative, sustainable tech startups.

Please enjoy reading the teams’ stories. Then register to attend the Spring 2017 AFRL Commercialization Academy Demo Day. Admission is free.

The AFRL Commercialization Academy is a Griffiss Institute entrepreneurial education program sponsored by the AFRL/RI. The Griffiss Institute welcomed Wasabi Ventures to lead the way in the program in January 2015. The program is designed to be complementary to local startup programs, and to permit participants to leverage all additional non-program resources they may be eligible for.