SUNY, Research Foundation Announce Entrepreneur-In-Residence Program Awards

April 22, 2013

Albany — The State University of New York and The Research Foundation for SUNY (RF) today announced the first recipients of the SUNY Entrepreneur-In-Residence Program (EIR) awards. Five projects involving 12 campuses in five regions of the state have been awarded $25,000 each as part of the new program.

“The Entrepreneurial Century is in full focus at SUNY campuses across New York State,” said SUNY Chancellor Zimpher. “SUNY’s innovative faculty and student researchers continue to attract new businesses to the state and stimulate job growth in every region. We are pleased to support the collaborative work of these 12 campuses with the Entrepreneur-In-Residence program.”

“The quality, creativity, and inclusiveness of these projects reveal the unique scope, scale, and diversity of SUNY entrepreneurship and innovation,” said Dr. Tim Killeen, president of the RF and SUNY vice chancellor for research. “EIR funding supports the practical and tactical use of the entrepreneurial skills needed to make sound licensing decisions and increase the opportunities for successful and sustained start-up and spin-off ventures.”

The EIR program, launched as a pilot in January, supports campuses and Regional Technology Transfer Hubs in securing the time and skills of proven, private-sector entrepreneurs who bring startup experience and expertise that drive discoveries in SUNY’s research portfolio.

The program was first announced by Chancellor Zimpher in the 2013 State of the University Address and complements recommendations made by New York’s Regional Economic Development Councils.

Project summaries for those awarded funding are as follows:

College of Nanoscale Science & Engineering (CNSE)
Project Manager: Pradeep Haldar, Ph.D.
CNSE proposes the establishment of the Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship (ICE) that will provide one-on-one coaching and consulting; market opportunity assessments; offer pre-seed workshops and training programs, technology commercialization roadmaps and development planning; offer funding assistance through state and federal sources; facilitate relationships with strategic partners and offer access to incubator-related entrepreneurship programs and its network of partners.

ESF/Upstate Medical University
Project Managers: Arthur Stipanovich, Ph.D. (ESF); Cynthia Dowd Greene (Upstate)
The project will focus on objectives to attract a prominent “private sector” entrepreneur as its leader who will establish interactions with faculty and students in identifying technologies that have viable new “spin off” ventures; will manage the pre-commercialization process and provide assistance with writing business plans and raising external funding, identifying when/if to form a legal entity for the spin-off; educate faculty inventors, graduate students and post-docs of their responsibility to such ventures and general practices of management and finance.

Stony Brook University
Project manager: Clinton Rubin, Ph.D.
The objective is to launch a uniquely designed BioEntrepreneur-In-Residence (B-EIR) program to increase the number, quality and success of new ventures formed to commercialize early-state, yet promising biomedical technologies invented on campus. The primary aim of the B-EIR program is to foster and facilitate new company formation in the biotechnology, pharma and medical devise sectors to drive regional, innovation-based economic development.

University at Buffalo/Western Hub Partner Campuses (Geneseo, Fredonia, Buffalo State, Brockport)
Project manager: Jeff Dunbar
The objective is to help facilitate the transition to a technology-based innovation economy driven by a new generation of entrepreneurs. The mission of the program will be to stimulate the creation of startups based on SUNY technology; enhance the quality and investment potential of SUNY startups; support the entrepreneurial ecosystem and foster an entrepreneurial culture among Western Hub campuses and communities; generate technology-based economic impact that provides incentives for faculty involvement, creates job and promotes the value of the SUNY system; and fulfills the research mission of benefitting the public good with SUNY discoveries and innovations.

University at Albany/Hudson Valley CC/Cobleskill
Project manager: William Brigham
The project will leverage the experiences of the Albany SBDC and add an EIR who will focus specifically on enhancing the entrepreneurial environment on participating campuses, driving new startup companies built around SUNY technologies while addressing two facets of need: people and technologies. EIR responsibilities will include helping faculty drive entrepreneurship across the curriculum, advising an EIR Club, conducting informational workshops, prospecting for ripe technologies, serving as a coach in pre-seed workshops, assisting with SBIR/STTR applications, and identifying viable early-stage funding sources.

About The Research Foundation for The State University of New York

The RF was founded in 1951 to serve SUNY and to capitalize on its scope, scale and diversity as an engine of New York’s innovation economy. The largest, most comprehensive university-connected research foundation in the country, the RF supports nearly $1 billion in SUNY research activity annually, providing sponsored programs administration and innovation support services to SUNY faculty performing research in life sciences and medicine; engineering and nanotechnology; physical sciences and energy; social sciences, and computer and information sciences. To learn more about the RF visit and connect with the RF on Facebook.

About the State University of New York
The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the United States, with 64 college and university campuses located within 30 miles of every home, school, and business in the state. As of Fall 2018, more than 424,000 students were enrolled in a degree program at a SUNY campus. In total, SUNY served 1.4 million students in credit-bearing courses and programs, continuing education, and community outreach programs in the 2017-18 academic year. SUNY oversees nearly a quarter of academic research in New York. Its students and faculty make significant contributions to research and discovery, contributing to a $1.6 billion research portfolio. There are 3 million SUNY alumni worldwide, and one in three New Yorkers with a college degree is a SUNY alum. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit

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