Over the last decade, the CUNY Office of Research has undertaken an extraordinary effort to enhance and integrate innovation and entrepreneurship across the university system. The goal of this effort is to provide the tools to allow faculty and graduate students to leverage advances in science and technology to seed startup companies that grow the economy. Our startup toolkit includes research facilities, educational programs, internship opportunities, mentoring, training programs, and incubators.
Established in 2004 by the Office of Research, the TCO receives new technology disclosures and evaluates them for their commercial potential, facilitates the transfer of CUNY intellectual property by nurturing collaborations with industry, develops a protection and marketing strategy with inventors through patent and copyright protection, and supports the formation of start-up companies.
The New York City Regional Innovation Node (NYCRIN) is a network of 25 leading universities in the New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania area that supports regional needs for innovation education, infrastructure and research. NYCRIN is working to build, utilize, and sustain a national innovation ecosystem that further enhances the development of technologies, products, and processes that benefit society. By providing the National Science Foundation’s I-Corps training, NYCRIN prepares teams of researchers for transitioning their emerging technology concepts into valuable new products through public-private partnerships.
The shared mission of our innovation and entrepreneurship programming and support infrastructure is to integrate the growing innovation network at CUNY to create a powerful force for translating advances in science and technology into new ventures that create ground-breaking products and services that grow the economy and create jobs.
CUNY, in partnership with New York Polytechnic Institute of New York (NYU-Poly), received a grant from New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to form a Proof of Concept Center (POCC) dedicated to helping New York State inventors and scientists turn their high-tech, clean-energy ideas into successful businesses. The organization, called PowerBridge, is an important motor for creating and fostering transformational entrepreneurship.