By Amanda Campanaro
Radenka Maric, CT Clean Energy Fund Professor of Sustainable Energy and Executive Director of UConn’s IPB and Tech Park will represent the Materials Science and Engineering department in the Fall 2016 Accelerate UConn cohort. Dr. Maric will participate in collaboration with Connecticut industry leader Claire Leonardi, CEO, Health eSense, Inc.
Dr. Jeff Seemann, UConn/UConn Health Vice President for Research and Dr. Timothy B. Folta, Professor of Management and Faculty Director of the Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, announced October 25 the teams selected to participate in the Fall cohort of Accelerate UConn, the University’s National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (I-Corps) site.
Maric and Leonardi, one of eight selected teams, will receive special training and a $3,000 seed grant to help understand whether and how their technology might create customer value.
The NSF I-Corps site’s mission is to catalyze the transition of new scientific discoveries and capabilities from the lab to the marketplace, the Accelerate UConn website says. Over the course of seven weeks, the teams will learn how to determine the market opportunity for their product or technology by participating in hands-on training workshops.
Accepted teams recently participated in the Accelerate UConn kick-off event, which includes six weeks of intensive training to evaluate their business ideas and conduct customer discovery activities.
Health eSense is a start-up digital health company that uses proprietary advanced sensor technologies to enable early disease diagnosis and monitoring, and to promote wellness, according to Leonardi’s LinkedIn profile.