This program is part academic fellowship and part startup accelerator. The START Entrepreneurs will conduct academic research with faculty on campus and receive entrepreneurship education and mentorship while building fundable, early-stage new ventures such as startup companies or non-profit organizations based on the research.

The program was conceived by inaugural Vice Dean for Innovation Rodney Priestley within the Office of the Dean for Research to help foster greater diversity and broader participation in research, innovation and entrepreneurship within the University, said Dean for Research Pablo G. Debenedetti, the Class of 1950 Professor in Engineering and Applied Science and professor of chemical and biological engineering. “The START program supports and empowers inclusive entrepreneurship through spinouts from technologies and scholarship from all disciplines, across campus,” Debenedetti said. To read the full story.