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.
September 21, 2018
3:00 - 6:00 PM
Johnson Rooms (3rd floor of Lurie Engineering Center (1221 Beal Ave, Ann Arbor, MI)
Refreshments will be served
Please come and hear presentations by ECE researcher teams who are considering moving their technology to commercialization. Three teams will give more extended presentations of their technology and answer questions. A panel of experts will select the winner, which will be announced at the event.
The team named the 2018 ECE Innovator will receive $75K in seed funding.
The three finalist projects and proposing teams are:
Self-Powered IoT for Smart Manufacturing and Transportation (ActiveMEMS)
Dr. Ethem Erkan Aktakka
Advanced Wireless Technology
Ms. Avish Kosari, Dr. Armin Jam, Professor David Wentzloff
Large-Scale Ultra-thin Doped Silver Film for Flexible Transparent Electrodes
Mr. Yongbum Park, Mr. Chengang Ji, Professor Jay Guo
In addition, one of the nine proposers will present a short summary of their commercialization plan:
Small Precision Affordable Rotation Sensors (SPARS)
Dr. Jae Yoong Cho, Prof. Khalil Najafi
3:00pm: Introductions and Information about the program
3:15pm: Presentations by Finalist teams showcasing their groundbreaking technology
4:30pm: Closed Judges Panel Meeting to select the 2018 ECE Innovator
5:00pm: Announcement of 2018 ECE Innovator, and Reception
Panel of Experts: