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Summer Fellowship Highlight Series: Snipit

 

 

The teams participating in the 2018 Summer Fellowship cohort have been hard at work all summer advancing their startups. Each team is unique in its vision and goals, and so with this post we would like to begin a team highlight series.

 

Snipit, led by recent UConn graduate Alexander Ciccio and UConn undergraduate students Andrew Burns of the School of Business and Vincent Turnier of the School of Engineering, is a mobile application that provides users the opportunity to efficiently discover and share new music.

 

Entrepreneurial lead Alexander Ciccio explains that Snipit’s mission is to serve as “a social platform that increases the efficiency and timeliness of new music discovery, as well as enables users to promote their own music or share songs amongst a supportive community of listeners.”

 

During Summer Fellowship, the teams are taught many lessons that help them clarify their goals for their company. We asked Ciccio what lesson primarily resonates for him, and he responded that he learned how “the process of starting a business is a lot more strenuous and time consuming than we initially thought.”

 

Although Summer Fellowship has shed light on some potential hardships of entrepreneurship, the Snipit team is undeterred by the challenge and is continuing to push forward and fulfill their dream of creating a mobile application.

 

The knowledge they have gained thus far in Summer Fellowship has led Ciccio and team to adapt their goals and acknowledge which specific knowledge sets they want to gain by the end of the summer.

 

“We hope to have a viable understanding of the detailed steps that we must take in order to see our product come to fruition and serve the market need that we intend to. It is important for us to be able to clearly identify the market we are trying to serve as well as the competition that will challenge us along the way.”

 

When asked what initially prompted Snipit’s desire to join Summer Fellowship, the team answered that, “we decided to join Summer Fellowship to support our growth as a business, both monetarily and educationally. We value the opportunities to work with other startups in similar positions as our team, as well as network and connect with experienced professionals who have knowledge regarding the various processes related to starting a business.”

 

Undergraduate student Andrew Burns joined the team once it was accepted into the Summer Fellowship program, and he notes that what he is glad he has learned from the experience is that although the teams are different, they all can learn from each other.

 


SUMMER FELLOWSHIP 2018 Participants Announced

Monday, June 4 marks the beginning of the eight-week long Summer Fellowship Program run by The Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.  Ten teams will work under the guidance of industry mentors to develop their businesses from the conceptual phase into market-ready ventures. Each team will receive up to $15,000 in startup funding per team, dedicated mentorship, professional legal and accounting services, connections to fellow entrepreneurs, and professional work and meeting space.

 

Summer 2018 Cohort

 

YouCOMM

UConn School of Engineering graduates Daniel Yasoshima and Tom Cotton and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences student Jeren Koh have developed a multi-lingual tablet application that provides patients with an easier way to communicate with caregivers.

 

EnCapsulate

Armin Tahmasbi Rad, UConn School of Engineering Ph.D. candidate, and Leila Daneshmandi, UConn School of Medicine Ph.D. candidate, are engineering a diagnosis device to determine personalized treatment for cancer.

Spore

College of Agriculture, Health, and Natural Resources graduate Cameron Collins and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences graduate James Polo-Lossius are teaming up to produce gourmet mushrooms with sustainable operations.

QRfertile

The UConn School of Engineering’s Assistant Professor Savas Tasoglu, Ph.D. candidate Reza Amin, and Ph.D. student Stephanie Knowlton, are developing an in-home device with a smartphone-based automated analyzer to measure male fertility.

Snipit

Recent UConn graduate Alexander Ciccio and UConn undergraduate students Andrew Burns of the School of Business and Vincent Turnier of the School of Engineering are creating a mobile application to allow users to collaborate, share, and explore new music.

WickAway

UConn School of Engineering graduate Trevor Svec and undergraduate student Philip Gitman are designing self-extinguishing candle accessories.

Dyadic Innovations

Ruth Lucas, UConn School of Nursing Faculty, Jimi Francis, University of Texas at Tyler Faculty, and Patrick Hocking, UConn School of Engineering undergraduate student are teaming up to design a breastfeeding diagnostic device that would provide an objective measurement of an infant’s breastfeeding efforts to mothers and clinicians.

Mycozap

Faculty Cindy Tian and graduate student Elizabeth Johnson from the UConn College of Agriculture, Health, and Natural Resources are creating a plant-derived antimicrobial treatment for illness in cattle caused by microplasma bovis.

WellTech

The UConn School of Medicine’s Faculty Robert Aseltine, and postdoctoral fellows Chonglian Luo and Riddhi Doshi, along with the UConn College of Liberal Arts and Sciences graduate student Wenjie Wang and Undergraduate Student Madeleine Aseltine, and in collaboration with industry mentor Cal Colins, are building a program to assist healthcare providers in collecting patient information to improve quality measurement, increase patient engagement, simplify reporting, and maximize reimbursement.

SAVKAR.AI

The UConn College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ Faculty Amit Savkar, graduate student David Nichols, and industry partner William Moschella are creating a predictive analytics platform for student retention in STEM fields.

 

Summer Fellowship program is highly competitive with over 79 applicants across 41 teams for the 10 spots in the program.  Applicants came from 8 different schools/colleges and 30 different majors/programs/departments across the University. The ten teams selected for this program have been preparing for the kickoff since March and will spend the 8 weeks of the program launching their ventures.  The program will conclude with a Finale event on August 2nd at the Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in downtown Hartford in which teams will be ready to present what they learned and will be prepared to take their ventures to the next level.