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Fall 2017 Commercialization Academy DEMO DAY

Griffiss Institute & Wasabi Ventures

Thursday, November 30, 2017 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EST)

Fall 2017 Commercialization Academy DEMO DAY

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2017 Fall Demo Day Invite

Celebrate four months of accomplishment with the four startups of the Fall 2017 AFRL Commercialization Academy cohort! The hard work and dedication by each startup will culminate with a pitch competition and networking at Demo Day, Thursday, November 30, at Griffiss Institute, Rome, NY! Please join us and help advance the entrepreneurial fabric here in New York State by helping to drive innovators toward success! 


Griffiss Institute and Wasabi Ventures would like to invite you to join the four startups of the Fall 2017 Commercialization Academy cohort as they pitch a panel of judges, and live audience, on the companies they have built around Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate (AFRL/RI) technology. A judges' vote and an 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.

That means each startup will have the opportunity to win much-needed seed money! 

The four New York State-based startups are: GivDapps, Good People Energy, Inky's Bookshelf, and Let's Chat About It. Over the last four months, these entrepreneurs have received an abundance of tools and resources, including a startup educational platform that has taught each of them the logistics of building a startup.

We'll also welcome back previous Judges' Choice winners, Mentis Technologies (Spring 2017), and InfluenceLogic (Fall 2015, formerly VidFall), to provide updates on their companies. At the Spring 2017 Demo Day, Mentis Technologies won the Judges' Choice Award and E-Health Now won the Audience Choice Award.

2017 Fall Demo Day Agenda:


Emcee: Michele Pesula Kuegler, Associate Dean at Wasabi Ventures

5:00 pm: Get to Know the Startups & Network
Talk to the teams at their booths, mingle, grab a bite of food (Delta Lake Inn) & a cold beverage (Copper City Brewing Co.)

6:00 pm: Welcome & Opening Remarks
William Wolf, President, Griffiss Institute
Jacqueline M. Izzo, Mayor, Rome, NY
Anthony J. Picente, Jr.Oneida County Executive
Daniel S. Goddard, Director, Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate
Mick Hitchcock, Innovation Institute Program Manager, Air Force Research Laboratory


6:15 pm: Program Overview

Michele Pesula Kuegler, Associate Dean at Wasabi Ventures

6:20 pm: Academy Pitches
Let's Chat About It
Inky's Bookshelf
Good People Energy

6:55 pm: Alumni Presentations
Mentis Technologies

7:10 pm: A Word from Our Supporters

7:20 pm: Thank Yous
Dan Fayette, Principal Engineer, Griffiss Institute

7:25 pm: Closing, Awards & Reception

* Agenda subject to change



About the Commercialization Academy

The Commercialization Academy is a Griffiss Institute entrepreneurial education program sponsored by the Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate (AFRL/RI). The program is designed to develop entrepreneurial leaders through the commercialization of federal intellectual property (IP). Each IP technology and entrepreneur goes through an intense vetting process. Each entrepreneur selected embarks on a six-month acceleration process to build a piece of IP into a sustainable startup.

Griffiss Institute has partnered with Wasabi Ventures, a successful venture capital firm, to run the academy since 2015.

As part of the Wasabi Ventures Tech Transfer Accelerator (WVT2), Wasabi Ventures works with research labs around the world to foster partnerships that combine lab intellectual property (IP), Wasabi Ventures-trained startup founders, and intense Wasabi Ventures Academy training to produce growth-oriented startups.

Have questions about Fall 2017 Commercialization Academy DEMO DAY? Contact Griffiss Institute & Wasabi Ventures

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Griffiss Institute
725 Daedalian Drive
Rome, NY 13441

Thursday, November 30, 2017 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EST)

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Griffiss Institute & Wasabi Ventures

Griffiss Institute is an independent 501(c)(3) entity governed by a board of directors. By partnering the Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate and its technologies with private industry and academia, the institute has created a collaborative research environment accessible to AFRL/RI that provides an environment conducive to the growth of technology and ideas, while creating new business opportunities. 

Wasabi Ventures is an early-stage venture capital firm specializing in cofounding, investing in, incubating, building, and advising early-stage technology companies. Its approach allows early-stage startups to gain traction quickly through interaction with its founders. The firm is also involved in entrepreneurial education programs that move cutting-edge technologies out from leading federal, corporate, and university research labs around the world and into the market through the formation of startup ventures. 

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