Electrical and Computer Engineering at Michigan has launched the ECE Innovator Program, which is aimed at inspiring and facilitating the commercialization of research conducted in ECE. The program will provide financial support to a team of entrepreneurs with both technical and product management skills.
The program acknowledges ECE as a hub of top-notch research and innovation that has led to significant commercialization of the intellectual property generated by its faculty and students.
The ECE Innovator Program is made possible through a donation by ECE alumnus and serial entrepreneur Rick Bolander, Managing Director and co-founder of Gabriel Venture Partners and eLab Ventures. ECE has matched Bolander's donation to launch the program.
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A total of $75,000 will be provided for a period of 6-12 months. The funds could be used to cover personnel costs for positions at the University of Michigan, commercialization plans, prototype development, and launching of a start-up company aimed at commercializing a disruptive and innovative technology developed through ECE research.
- Announcement of ECE Innovator Program: April 23, 2018
- Information Session and Mixer: May 15, 2018
- Startup Launch Workshop by Jonathan Fay: June TBD, 2018
- Proposal Deadline: July 9, 2018
- Finalists Announced: August 31, 2018
- Finalists Presentation to Selection Panel: September 21, 2018
- ECE Innovator Announced: September 28, 2018
- Program Funding Start Date: November 1, 2018
Proposals are limited to 6 pages (12pt font, times new roman, 1-inch margins) and should provide the following information about the innovation activity that will be facilitated through this program:
Proposals, in the form of a pdf file, and/or questions about this award should be submitted to Mrs. Lisa Armstrong at the following email address email@example.com by July 1, 2018 with the subject of “ECE Innovator Proposal.”