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2019 AFRL Commercialization Academy DEMO DAY

Griffiss Institute

Thursday, March 21, 2019 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)

2019 AFRL Commercialization Academy DEMO DAY

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6 teams will pitch at demo day!

 AFRL Commercialization Academy DEMO DAY

powered by IDEA NY


DATE: Thursday, March 21, 2019

TIME: 5-8 pm

PLACE: Griffiss Institute, 725 Daedalian Drive, Rome NY

WHAT: Teams from the current AFRL Commercialization Academy cohort will pitch their startup in cyber security, big data, information systems, and UAS, to a panel of judges and compete to win for $300,000 in prize seed funding provided by IDEA NY! The grand prize of $200,000 will go to the overall winner and $100,000 will go to the runner-up!

Here are the six teams that will pitching their startups!

 You can read more about the teams here!

The AFRL Commercialization Academy is supported by: M&T Bank, National Grid and NYSTEC 


2019 Demo Day Agenda:

Event Emcee: Bill KardasChief Meteorologist, WKTV


5:00 pm Get to Know the Startups
Talk to the teams at their booths, network, grab a bite of food (food by Michael's & cash bar by Copper City)


6:00 Opening Remarks
William Wolf, President, Griffiss Institute
Jacqueline M. Izzo, Mayor, City of Rome
Representative for U.S. Congressman Anthony Brindisi
Anthony J. Picente, Jr., Oneida County Executive
Michael ReeseRegional Director, Mohawk Valley, Empire State Development
Ms. Valerie L. Muck, Director of Air Force Small Business Programs
Colonel Timothy J. Lawrence, Director, Information Directorate 

6:15 Program Overview
Michele Pesula Kuegler, Program Director, Wasabi Ventures


6:20 Academy Pitches:
Tooling Intel
Go Figure
E-Health Now
Cyber Defense Network Adapter
Stonewall Defense


7:20 Alumni Video Presentations:
CFO Technology


7:30 A Word from Our Supporters
David Manzelmann, Market President, M&T Bank
National Grid
Mike Walsh, President & CEO, NYSTEC


7:35 Thank You’s
Dan Fayette, Principal Engineer, Griffiss Institute


7:40 Closing, Awards & Reception

* Agenda subject to change

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By entering and attending this event, you acknowledge and agree that your likeness may be included in photos and videos of the event and used by Griffiss Institute, the Air Force Research Laboratory, and/or Empire State Development in connection with communications about The AFRL Commercialization Academy or IDEA NY Mohawk Valley.

If you do not agree to this usage, please notify the photographer or videographer or do not enter the event.


About the AFRL Commercialization Academy

The AFRL Commercialization Academy is a Griffiss Institute entrepreneurial education program sponsored by the Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate (AFRL/RI) in Rome, NY. The Academy pairs students with high-potential AFRL technologies with the goals of developing entrepreneurial leaders and launching new technology ventures.

To learn more about the AFRL Commercialization Academy, please visit

About the IDEA NY Mohawk Valley

The Innovation & Development Entrepreneurial Accelerator, known as IDEA NY Mohawk Valley, is a business accelerator competition and twelve-month program that will incentivize promising entrepreneurs to create and grow viable commercial businesses in the Mohawk Valley region. This accelerator program is made possible by a $2 million Upstate Revitalization Initiative grant from New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.

To learn more about IDEA NY Mohawk Valley, please visit

Have questions about 2019 AFRL Commercialization Academy DEMO DAY? Contact Griffiss Institute

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Griffiss Institute
725 Daedalian Drive
Rome, NY 13441

Thursday, March 21, 2019 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)

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Griffiss Institute

The Griffiss Institute (GI) was established in 2002, by the State of New York, as an independent 501(c)(3) entity governed by a Board of Directors. The primary role of the GI is to advocate and facilitate the co-operation of private industry, academia, and the Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate (AFRL/RI), in developing solutions to critical cyber security problems. Another prime role is to build upon technologies under development at the AFRL/RI to further strengthen our nation’s security.

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