Congratulations to the
Class of 2021! 
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:

• 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.


Class of 2021 Program Highlights
-153 Innovators
-22 Institutions
-18 I-Corps Teams
-15 Pitches
-2 SUNY TAF Catalyst Winners
June 2
Entrepreneurship 101
What It Takes To Commercialize Your Tech
June 9
Lean LaunchPad Basics
What Is Customer Discovery All About?
June 16
Evaluation Of The Opportunity 
Patentability and Marketability Basics
June 23
How To Win Grants
Mastering Non-Dilutive Funding Sources
June 30
Grant Budget Basics
Managing Your Award Like A Pro
July 7
Forming and Structuring Your Company Like A Boss
July 14
Telling and Selling Your Story
July 21
Commercialization 101 - Positioning Your Go-To-Market Strategy
July 28
Follow-On Capital Sources
What Early-Stage Investors Want
David Cruikshank, ARCH Venture Partners
August 2 - August 6
1:1 Office Hours With SUNY Venture Advisors
August 11
Demo Day and Graduation
Success Stories
$750K NSF STTR Phase II
$2.3M NIH STTR Phase II
$1.5M DOE SBIR Phase II
$250K NSF STTR Phase I


Kambiz Ghazinour

Chief Technology Officer
SUNY Canton
"The best part of the S4 program, was the fact that we had the chance to work with mentors, face to face. It was helpful because they helped us in a capacity that we never, as a faculty member, had the chance to discuss certain aspects of commercialization." 
Hannah Hage

Former Ceo
University at Albany
“The S4 program is immersive and well-rounded. You get to ask questions of the top-notch experts in their field in a supportive environment and it is truly irreplaceable."
Ameya Kale

Mechanical Engineer
Stony Brook University
“It is an eye-opening experience. In the sense, it opens up your possibilities with the knowledge you learn in this program."

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
Linh Hoang

Tanya Waite

Jessica Updyke

Marketing guru, professional storyteller, communications jedi
Matt Mroz

Technology Transfer whiz,
suny system sherpa,
operations aficionado
Graduated Classes
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