Six startup teams for prospective businesses, including four from the local area, have been announced for the 2019 Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Commercialization Academy cohort. The teams, which are building their startups around Defense Department intellectual property from the AFRL Information Directorate in Rome, will pitch their ventures to a panel of judges at a Demo Day on March 21 at the Griffiss Institute, 725 Daedalian Drive.
The teams will compete for $300,000 in prize seed funding provided by IDEA NY (Innovation Development Entrepreneurial Accelerator), including $200,000 to the overall winner and $100,000 to the runner-up.
Among the finalists, announced by the Griffiss institute and the AFRL Information Directorate:
• Cyber Defense Network Adapter, of Oriskany — Focusing on in-line malware prevention, it seeks to provides a diverse set of cyber-protection and sits in-line with a network connection, intercepting threats before reaching the host system.
• Go Figure, of Utica — With a theme of “the contractor’s mobile office,” it seeks to provide solutions that enable measuring, estimating, and creating a proposal, all onsite using an iPad.
• Tooling Intel, of Yorkville — Featuring a theme of “tooling assets with a pulse,” it seeks to bridge the gap between corporate and operations to bring real-time global tooling asset visibility and predictive tooling analytics to all corporate stakeholders.
• SkyTubeLive, of Oneida – With a theme of “Safe. Private. Secure. Live drone video streaming,” it seeks to be the site for live streaming drone videos.
• E-Health Now, of Philadelphia, Pa. – Aiming to break down geographical barriers to provide affordable world-class cancer care, it seeks to be the first platform that exclusively focuses on optimizing the management plans for cancer patients in China.
• Stonewall Defense, of Watervliet – Emphasizing leadership, technology, and training, it seeks to help scrap metal recyclers protect their rollaway containers that regularly are stolen or lost. A small, low-cost, high-powered tracker can give users near real-time updates on location of their assets. The software is integrated with the high-powered Defense Department system, Android Team Awareness Kit, and can link thousands of assets across multiple networks in a manageable common operating picture.
“Our six finalists are great examples of what we call dual-use technologies,” says Dan Fayette, principal engineer at Griffiss Institute. “Taking an idea designed for one purpose, and using it for another. These are all great teams, and I look forward to seeing their pitches....”