Accelerate UConn Spring 2023 Phase 1 Cohort Announced

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The Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is pleased to announce the teams selected to participate in the 21st cohort of Accelerate UConn, the University’s National Science Foundation I-Corps site. The following teams will receive special training and a $2,000 seed grant to help understand whether and how their technology might create customer value:

Spring 2023 Phase 1 Cohort:

Chandi Witharana PhD and Durga Joshi (Faculty and PhD Student), College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources – Powerline Dashcam Video

Muhammad Jamil (Undergraduate Student), School of Engineering – Data Raptor

Hugo Posada-Quintero PhD, Sarah Reed PhD, Jorge Paricio PhD and Kia Golzari (Faculty, Faculty, Faculty and Ph.D Student) School of Engineering and College of Agricultural, Health and Natural Resources – Device To Monitor Stress In Horses

David Wright PhD, Duo Dickinson, and Diane Covello Esq., (Industry, Industry, Faculty), School of Law – Super Windows

Douglas Adamson PhD and Cesar Gouveia (Faculty and PhD Student), Institute of Materials Science Polymer Program – HEPA Filtration Improved With Graphene

Markus Bookland MD, Dana Jungbauer MD and Megan Anderson (Faculty, Industry and Industry), School of Medicine – Mobile Evaluation of Neonatal Cranial Deformities

Leslie A. Caromile PhD and Brenna McAllister (Faculty, PhD Student), UConn Health Center for Vascular Biology – Think In 3D

Sahana Ganesh and Yuan-Jen Kuo (Undergraduate Students), School of Engineering – SignAssist

Clara Ramirez and Mohammed Albayati (PhD Students), School of Engineering – InfinEnergie

Audrey Larson, Angel Velasquez, Charlotte Chen, Deepthi Pai Manoor (Undergraduate Students), School of Engineering – Geomate

The program includes five weeks of intensive training to evaluate their business ideas and conduct customer discovery activities.

Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CCEI) operates Accelerate UConn (AU). As an NSF I-Corps 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.

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