Enrollment closed May 22, 2020
SUNY Startup Summer School (S4) offers virtual accelerated entrepreneurial education and training for participants to help them secure the initial funding needed to get their technology to market.

Depending on their experience, S4 participants will receive the following support:

• Accelerated Innovation Corps (I-Corps) training delivered by experienced coaches from National Science Foundation I-Corps Sites and Nodes throughout the country.
• Access to instructional webinars that provide the foundation of knowledge and learning aspiring entrepreneurs and new ventures need to be successful.
• Proposal development support from experts with successful track records in helping research teams and startups secure grants and other non-dilutive funding.
• Customized follow-on training, mentoring, and networking opportunities that are provided in a just-in-time format based on each participant’s needs and traction.
June 3
Entrepreneurship 101
What It Takes To Commercialize Your Tech
Felix Litvinsky, Abakama
Nicholas Querques, SUNY Research Foundation 
June 10
Lean LaunchPad Basics
What Is Customer Discovery All About?
Olga Petrova, Binghamton University
Tony Frontera, Binghamton University
June 17
Evaluation Of The Opportunity 
Patentability and Marketability Basics
Tanya Waite, SUNY Research Foundation
Steven Wood, SUNY Research Foundation
Garrett Smith, SUNY Research Foundation 
Michael Krenicky, SUNY Research Foundation
June 24
Intro and Proposal Preparation Process
Kate Baker, Albany Small Business Development Center
Jaron Kuppers, Amala Consulting
July 1
How To Win Grants
Mastering Non-Dilutive Funding Sources
Kirk Macolini, InteliSpark
July 8
Grant Budget Basics
Managing Your Award Like A Pro
Jaron Kuppers, Amala ConsultingJar
July 15
The Startup Journey In A COVID-19 World
Adapting and Leveraging Opportunities
Richard Uhlig, Quadrant Biosciences
Jason Salfi, Dimensional Energy
Nicholas Querques, SUNY Research Foundation
July 22
A Day In The Life Of A Program Manager
The Key To Their Heart
Henry Ahn, National Science Foundation 
July 29
Forming and Structuring Your Company Like A Boss
Rich Honen, Phillips Lytle
August 5
Commercialization 101
Positioning Your Go-To-Market Strategy
Doug Buerkle, LTM Ventures
August 12
NYSTAR and SUNY Resources To Help You Get There
Emily Ekland, NYSTAR / Empire State Development
August 19
Follow-On Capital Sources
What Early-Stage Investors Want
Thomas Blum, New York Angels
David Cruikshank, ARCH Venture Partners
August 24 - August 28
1:1 Office Hours With SUNY Venture Advisors
September 2
Demo Day and Graduation
NSF I-Corps Regional Course was offered to select participants June 29-July 2, July 7, July 14, and July 21.
Success Stories
Awarded $750k
National Science Foundation
Awarded $1.5M
Department of Energy


Jennifer Manganello

Professor, School of Public Health
"Learning the basics - the lingo and the process - was very interesting. I learned how to prepare a business thesis, articulate value, and create a business model canvas. Listening to the other presentations was also extremely helpful." 
Scott Tenenbaum

SUNY Polytechnic institute
Professor, College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering
“ZAP! helps make the point that understanding what the customer needs is key to creating a viable commercial company. It is important to get out of the academic bubble and get honest feedback from real people who may actually use your product. Hearing that your assumptions may be wrong, and then learning how to take that advice is more valuable than anything else a new entrepreneur can learn.”
David Logan

“The market-based approach of the business canvas makes a lot of sense. The support this program offers is incredibly helpful, I especially appreciate the direct feedback.”

S4 is led by a close-knit team of passionate professionals who are working together with SUNY’s campuses and partners to build a world-class entrepreneurial ecosystem. They wake up every morning ready to crush it for the innovators they serve and truly believe entrepreneurship is a viable career path for SUNY students.

Nicholas Querques

Startup founder/advisor, tecH to market master, company builder
Tanya Waite

Partnerships pro, dot connector extraordinaire, trusted startup mentor
Matthew Mroz

Technology transfer whiz, SUNY system sherpa, operations aficionado
Jessica Updyke

Marketing guru, professional storyteller, communications jedi
Renee Hancox

office maven,task master, jill of all trades
Heather Hage

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