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From Ideas to Industry: Exploring Market Potential with the Battery Show Hybrid Course

From Ideas to Industry: Exploring Market Potential with the Battery Show Hybrid Course 2560 1707 I-Corps Hub: Interior Northeast

This fall, researchers developing battery technologies explored the market potential of their innovations in a specialized I-Corps regional course led by the Interior Northeast I-Corps Hub. The course began with two weeks of virtual entrepreneurship training, then moved to an in-person format at the Battery Show conference in Detroit, MI.

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Shooting for the Stars: Exostellar Raises $15 Million Series A Round

Shooting for the Stars: Exostellar Raises $15 Million Series A Round 1912 1236 I-Corps Hub: Interior Northeast

I-Corps alumni company Exostellar, a cloud resource optimization and management platform, is on the trajectory to be a star in the tech startup world. Founded by Cornell University computer science professor Hakim Weatherspoon, the company recently announced a successful $15 million Series A round — bringing Exostellar’s valuation to $40 million. 

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Photo: GEM Fellows I-Corps Course 2023 cohort.

GEM Fellows Course Aims to Broaden Impact of STEM Innovation

GEM Fellows Course Aims to Broaden Impact of STEM Innovation 2560 1553 I-Corps Hub: Interior Northeast

IN I-Corps hosted a regional course specifically for GEM Fellows as a part of the Inclusion in Innovation Initiative, which aims to increase participation in I-Corps and commercialization activity among STEM researchers across diverse backgrounds.

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Photo: Alexa Schmitz, Ph.D. ’18, (right) co-founder and CEO of REEgen, talks with Brooke Pian, lab director at REEgen, at the Center for Life Science Ventures in Weill Hall.

REEgen Awarded $275K SBIR Grant for Rare-Earth Tech

REEgen Awarded $275K SBIR Grant for Rare-Earth Tech 1140 641 I-Corps Hub: Interior Northeast

This August, I-Corps alumni company REEgen won a $275,000 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) award from the NSF to further refine its technology to more sustainably extract rare-earth elements.

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Cornell computer science professor Hakim Weatherspoon helping students.

Through I-Corps, Cornell Research Impacts Beyond the Lab

Through I-Corps, Cornell Research Impacts Beyond the Lab 1920 1280 I-Corps Hub: Interior Northeast

For Cornell researchers developing innovative, problem-solving technologies, the work doesn’t end in the lab. Discoveries that reach the market can improve society and stimulate economic growth, and Cornell’s robust entrepreneurial ecosystem is there to support innovators who want to make an impact with their research. 

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Nanopath Secures $10 Million to Commercialize Point-of-Care Diagnostics for Women

Nanopath Secures $10 Million to Commercialize Point-of-Care Diagnostics for Women 1800 1200 I-Corps Hub: Interior Northeast

I-Corps alumni company Nanopath, which spun out of Dartmouth College, recently closed a $10 million Series A funding round. The funding will support development and commercialization of their biosensing platform that transforms how women’s pelvic and gynecologic infections are diagnosed.

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BioTech Innovators Engage with Customers at BIO

BioTech Innovators Engage with Customers at BIO 2560 1722 I-Corps Hub: Interior Northeast

This June, a group of researchers developing biotechnology innovations conducted customer discovery interviews at the 2023 BIO International Convention (BIO) in Boston through a tailored I-Corps regional course hosted by the Interior Northeast I-Corps Hub (IN I-Corps).

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Photonect Interconnect Solutions Wins $274K SBIR Award 

Photonect Interconnect Solutions Wins $274K SBIR Award  996 560 I-Corps Hub: Interior Northeast

Photonect Interconnect Solutions, an I-Corps alumni company, recently secured a $274,996 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for its photonic technology. Pioneering the development of laser adhesion techniques for attaching optical fibers to photonic chips, Photonect is poised to revolutionize data center operations.  

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AvantGuard Closes $2.85 Million Seed Funding Round 

AvantGuard Closes $2.85 Million Seed Funding Round  1000 650 I-Corps Hub: Interior Northeast

I-Corps alumni company AvantGuard (formerly Halomine) recently closed a $2.85 million seed funding round with investments from Blue Ledge Capital, SOSV, LaunchNY, and Red Bear Angels.

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Energy Researchers Perform Customer Discovery at ARPA-E Summit

Energy Researchers Perform Customer Discovery at ARPA-E Summit 2560 1920 I-Corps Hub: Interior Northeast

The Interior Northeast I-Corps Hub (IN I-Corps) led a specialized regional course for energy researchers in March 2023 that involved tailored virtual entrepreneurship training, followed by sponsored travel to Washington, D.C. for the ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit.  

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