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I-Corps Alumni Make Humanitarian Impact in Ukraine 963 583 I-Corps Hub: Interior Northeast

I-Corps Alumni Make Humanitarian Impact in Ukraine

An I-Corps alumni startup is deploying its landmine-detecting AI technology for humanitarian demining in Ukraine. Safe Pro AI, co-founded by Binghamton University alumni Jasper Baur and Gabriel Steinberg, is a Safe Pro Group company leveraging AI and machine learning to detect, label, and map mines and unexploded ordnance (UXO).

Photo: Pitt School of Medicine student Adi Mittal meets Katalin Kariko, winner of the 2023 Nobel Prize for Medicine, at the National Collegiate Inventor's Competition.
Astria Biosciences Wins $275K SBIR Award 936 702 I-Corps Hub: Interior Northeast

Astria Biosciences Wins $275K SBIR Award

I-Corps alumni company Astria Biosciences has been awarded a $275,000 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I grant from the National Science Foundation. The startup, which spun out of research conducted at the University of Pittsburgh, is developing the first simple, whole blood-based test to detect the presence and monitor the progression of cerebral aneurysms.  …

Empower Equity Awarded $1.2 Million Contract to Revolutionize Air Force Supply Chain  1536 1034 I-Corps Hub: Interior Northeast

Empower Equity Awarded $1.2 Million Contract to Revolutionize Air Force Supply Chain 

I-Corps alumni company Empower Equity (EMPEQ) has been awarded a $1.2 million Direct-to-Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract from the Air Force’s AFWERX program, which supports technology innovations with air and space applications.  EMPEQ, a Rev: Ithaca Startup Works and Southern Tier Clean Energy Incubator member, developed the groundbreaking Instant Equipment Insights computer…

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Charging Ahead: ExoPower Awarded SBIR Phase I Grant  2560 1707 I-Corps Hub: Interior Northeast

Charging Ahead: ExoPower Awarded SBIR Phase I Grant 

ExoPower has received a $251,522 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I award from the National Science Foundation (NSF), marking a significant leap toward revolutionizing the way we power material handling vehicles (MHVs).  

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

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

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 1912 1236 I-Corps Hub: Interior Northeast

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

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

GEM Fellows Course Aims to Broaden Impact of STEM Innovation

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.

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 1140 641 I-Corps Hub: Interior Northeast

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

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.

Cornell computer science professor Hakim Weatherspoon helping students.
Through I-Corps, Cornell Research Impacts Beyond the Lab 1920 1280 I-Corps Hub: Interior Northeast

Through I-Corps, Cornell Research Impacts Beyond the Lab

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

BioTech Innovators Engage with Customers at BIO

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  996 560 I-Corps Hub: Interior Northeast

Photonect Interconnect Solutions Wins $274K SBIR Award 

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  1000 650 I-Corps Hub: Interior Northeast

AvantGuard Closes $2.85 Million Seed Funding Round 

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 2560 1920 I-Corps Hub: Interior Northeast

Energy Researchers Perform Customer Discovery at ARPA-E Summit

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.  

Hakim Weatherspoon, CEO and co-founder of Exotanium, stands at a conference booth with the Exotanium logo.
Exotanium Secures $12 Million in Series A Funding   1000 650 I-Corps Hub: Interior Northeast

Exotanium Secures $12 Million in Series A Funding  

Exotanium, an I-Corps alumni startup offering a cloud resource optimization and management platform, announced that it secured $12 million in a Series A funding round.

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With $5M Raise, Iconic Air Launches Carbon Accounting Platform 1000 650 I-Corps Hub: Interior Northeast

With $5M Raise, Iconic Air Launches Carbon Accounting Platform

Iconic Air recently raised $5 million in seed funding and launched its carbon accounting platform, which offers a suite of tools to help companies manage their carbon footprint and achieve net zero emissions.

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Innovators Explore Product-Market Fit of Tech in Ag-Corps 1000 650 I-Corps Hub: Interior Northeast

Innovators Explore Product-Market Fit of Tech in Ag-Corps

Ag-Corps teams connected with potential customers at the 2023 American Farm Bureau Federation Convention to explore the product-market fit of their ag tech innovations.

Doctoral student Shikhar Prakash, right, and Madhur Srivastava, assistant research professor in chemistry and chemical biology, work at a white board in the Physical Sciences Building.
I-Corps Alumni Give Consumers More Control Over Energy Use 1000 650 I-Corps Hub: Interior Northeast

I-Corps Alumni Give Consumers More Control Over Energy Use

What if consumers had more control over their energy consumption and utility costs? A new app and subscription-based payment plan piloted by I-Corps alumni is designed to provide electricity users with information about – and incentives to reduce – their usage.

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GEM Fellows I-Corps Course Celebrates Diversity and Inclusion in Entrepreneurship 2560 1707 I-Corps Hub: Interior Northeast

GEM Fellows I-Corps Course Celebrates Diversity and Inclusion in Entrepreneurship

The National GEM Consortium teamed up with I-Corps to provide an exclusive entrepreneurial course for deep-tech innovators from underrepresented groups.

Alexa Schmitz, co-founder of REEgen.
I-Corps Alum Engineers Bacteria to Make Green Energy Tech Cleaner 1920 1080 I-Corps Hub: Interior Northeast

I-Corps Alum Engineers Bacteria to Make Green Energy Tech Cleaner

Alexa Schmitz and Sean Medin, co-founders of I-Corps alumni startup REEgen, are using biological engineering to make the extraction and purification of rare earth elements more environmentally friendly.

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VR Job Training Startup Raises $35 Million in Series B Funding 2560 1709 I-Corps Hub: Interior Northeast

VR Job Training Startup Raises $35 Million in Series B Funding

Transfr, an I-Corps alumni focused on virtual reality job training, raised $35 million in a Series B funding round.

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NSF Awards Cornell University $15 Million to Lead I-Corps: Interior Northeast Region Hub  2560 1707 I-Corps Hub: Interior Northeast

NSF Awards Cornell University $15 Million to Lead I-Corps: Interior Northeast Region Hub 

The National Science Foundation has awarded Cornell University a $15 million, five-year grant to lead the newest Innovation Corps Hub, I-Corps: Interior Northeast Region.