Dr. Jeff Seemann, UConn/UConn Health Vice President for Research and Dr. Timothy B. Folta, Professor of Management and Faculty Director of the Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, are pleased to announce the teams selected to participate in the Fall cohort of Accelerate UConn, the University’s National Science Foundation I-Corps site. The following teams will receive special training and a $3,000 seed grant to help understand whether and how their technology might create customer value:
- Challa Kumar & Melissa Limbacher (Faculty & Graduate Student), GlowDots, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Department of Chemistry
- Radenka Maric & Claire Leonardi (Faculty & Industry), Health eSense, School of Engineering, Departments of Materials Science and Engineering and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
- Pishikesh Pandey & Dr. Tulio Valdez (Faculty), Raman spectroscopy based approach for middle ear disease diagnosis, School of Medicine/Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, Department of Pediatrics
- Neil Howard (Student), Verge Finance, School of Business, Department of Management
- Seyed Mohamad Amin Salehizadeh (Recent Doctoral Alumnus), Pediatric Wearable Health and Activity Status Monitoring Headband, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Department of Psychological Sciences
- John Settlage & Kevin Agnello (Faculty & Doctoral Candidate), STEM Achievement Data Gap Analysis Tool, Neag School of Education, Department of Teacher Education
- Rajesh Lalla & Sarah Goldstein (Faculty & Doctoral Candidate), A novel long-acting topical anesthetic agent for pain secondary to oral mucositis and other oral ulcerative conditions, School of Dental Medicine, Department of Oral Health and Diagnostic Sciences
- Guanwei Tao (Graduate Student), Prevention Preventable
In cases where a single faculty member or student was accepted into the program, the AU staff helped identify appropriate Academic or Entrepreneurial Leads or Industry Mentors to round out the team.
Accepted teams recently participated in the Accelerate UConn kick-off event. The program includes six weeks of intensive training to evaluate their business ideas and conduct customer discovery activities.
The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) and the Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CCEI) jointly operate Accelerate UConn (AU). As an NSF I-Corps Site program, AU was formed to foster entrepreneurship resulting in technology commercialization. I-Corps Sites are academic institutions that catalyze the engagement of multiple, local teams in technology transition and strengthen local innovation.