At the Commercialization Catalyst conference at Tech Town III (Dayton, OH) on 4 DEC 2015, AFRL Executive Director, Douglas Ebersole and AFRL/SB Director, William Harrison, presented their visions for collaboration between AFRL scientists and engineers (S&E), industry partners, university leaders, investors, and entrepreneurs.
Following those and related talks, ENIG President, Eric N. Enig, presented highlights from the company’s two recent AFRL FY15 SBIR and STTR awards, during the Commercialization Showcase, which was attended by several hundred attendees. The one-day, AFRL-sponsored program, Commercialization Catalyst, was hosted by The Entrepreneurs Center and the Wright Brothers Institute, and brought together attendees who came to learn more about AFRL’s commercialization outreach efforts.
“This was a great opportunity to hear about the various commercialization programs, including Startup TAP, Commercialization Academy, the Collider Project, as well as learn about AFRL’s Entrepreneurial Opportunity Program and interact with Air Force S&Es” said Enig.
These programs focus on educating a new generation of entrepreneurs, as Startup TAP is a development program that allows students to join AFRL scientists in order to assess AFRL technologies, while the Commercialization Academy pairs students with federal technologies. The Commercialization Program also offers a variety of other opportunities including Application Discovery Events, Researcher Bootcamps & Workshops, and a Technology Ventures Program, to promote involvement in commercialization activities.
ENIG, one of approximately twenty firms with recent Air Force SBIR and STTR awards, has been selected by SBIR TAP to participate in and recently complete a six-week program designed to showcase a recent AFRL SBIR or STTR award. The purpose of the program is to help companies transition their technology from a research phase to marketable solutions.
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