Innovation Boot Camp

Innovations, advice abound in SBU’s 2017 Boot Camp

By GREGORY ZELLER // These boots are made for talking – and now, several enterprising innovators have a firmer grasp on what to say, and how to say it, when it’s time to commercialize the Next Big Thing. Eight “idea champions” with entrepreneurial aspirations have completed Stony Brook University’s 2017 Innovation Boot Camp, a commercialization crash course that might not carry ideas directly to the promised land, but does give those inventors – mostly science…


Energy, life sciences pace 2017 Innovation Boot Camp

By GREGORY ZELLER // Several innovators sitting on potentially game-changing technologies have been selected for one of Long Island’s most effective commercialization crash courses. Stony Brook University has announced the eight teams participating in the 10th annual Innovation Boot Camp, a three-day exercise that surrounds researchers, engineers and other rookie entrepreneurs with customized teams of commercialization experts to help them explore the rigors of business development. This year’s boot campers represent a diverse selection of…


New patent, new goals for automated-text ace

By GREGORY ZELLER // It’s official: Nobody automatically responds to texts like Judy Wieber. Wieber on Tuesday was issued Patent No. 9559991 – yes, the 10 millionth U.S. patent is coming soon – by the federal Patent and Trademark Office, granting permanent exclusivity to her Automated Text Response System. That tech – essentially, software allowing a mobile device to acquire and compile data on a carrier wave, and generate an appropriate response on the same…


Sharpening skills, image at Innovation Boot Camp

By GREGORY ZELLER // Stony Brook University’s ninth-annual Innovation Boot Camp has decamped following an intensive series of workshops and homework assignments for eight up-and-coming startups. The campers, early-stage – and earlier – companies based on science from LI’s growing innovation ecosystem delivered sharpened presentations at SBU’s Long Island High Technology Incubator. The 15-minute exhibitions, a dry run for potential investor pitches, were made by each team’s “idea champion” and critiqued by a panel of…


Innovation Boot Camp set to hit stride

By GREGORY ZELLER // Eight technologies spawned from Long Island’s top research institutions are about to get the boot. Stony Brook University’s ninth-annual Innovation Boot Camp looms, giving the big thinkers behind potentially game-changing technologies in clean energy, IT infrastructure and biotech a golden chance to test their innovations’ commercialization potential. The Boot Camp assembles teams of commercialization experts around a particular idea and prepares the innovators – including researchers, engineers and rookie entrepreneurs –…