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DEMO DAY: Fall 2019 AFRL Commercialization Academy

Griffiss Institute

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 from 5:30 PM to 8:15 PM (EST)

DEMO DAY: Fall 2019 AFRL Commercialization Academy

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AFRL Commercialization Academy DEMO DAY

DATE: Wednesday, November 13, 2019


TIME: 5:30 - 8:15 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! 


This FREE event will include delicious catered food by Everything But A Pickle and a cash bar by Copper City Brewing.


Here are the six teams that will pitching their startups!

Read more about the teams here!


The AFRL Commercialization Academy is supported by: National GridNYSTEC and M&T Bank

Demo Day is powered by Empire State Development and IDEA NY Mohawk Valley.



2019 Demo Day Agenda:


5:30 pm             Get to Know the Startups

                              Visit the teams at their booths & network.
                               Enjoy light appaetizers, refreshments & cash bar.


6:00 pm           Welcome & Opening Remarks
                        Please take your seat, we're about to begin!


6:15 pm           Commercialization Academy Program Overview
                        John Liddy, Academy Program Director & Liddy Enterprises


6:20 pm           Academy Pitches: Set 1
                        First three teams to pitch


6:45 pm           Intermission
                        Enjoy heavy hors d' oeuvres, refreshments & cash bar.

                             Learn about the future home of Griffiss Institute: Open Innovation Campus


7:15 pm           Academy Pitches: Set 2
                        Final three teams to pitch


7:40 pm           A Word from Our Supporters
                        National Grid
                             M&T Bank


7:50 pm           Break
                              Enjoy desserts, refreshments & cash bar.
                               Alumni Video Presentations


8:10 pm           Awards & Closing Remarks

                            Two teams will take home big checks!


* 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 DEMO DAY: Fall 2019 AFRL Commercialization Academy? Contact Griffiss Institute

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Griffiss Institute
725 Daedalian Drive
Rome, NY 13441

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 from 5:30 PM to 8:15 PM (EST)

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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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