Entrepreneur in Residence - Funding Opportunity

The SUNY Entrepreneur In Residence (EIR) program provides campuses with funding to secure the time and skills of proven, private-sector entrepreneurs who have both startup experience and expertise that is relevant to particular discoveries in the SUNY research portfolio.


Educating more faculty and student inventors, making sound licensing determinations and increasing the odds of success for SUNY spin-off ventures will build a more durable innovation ecosystem throughout SUNY and across New York.  > Read the press release

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2013 Entrepreneur in Residence Funding

Following are the first recipients of the SUNY Entrepreneur-In-Residence Program (EIR) awards. Five projects involving 12 campuses in five regions of the state have been awarded $25,000 each as part of the new program. > Read the press release



College of Nanoscale Science & Engineering (CNSE)

Project Manager:  Pradeep Haldar, Ph.D.


CNSE proposes the establishment of the Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship (ICE) that will provide one-on-one coaching and consulting; market opportunity assessments; offer pre-seed workshops and training programs, technology commercialization roadmaps and development planning; offer funding assistance through state and federal sources; facilitate relationships with strategic partners and offer access to incubator-related entrepreneurship programs and its network of partners.



ESF/Upstate Medical University

Project Managers:  Arthur Stipanovich, Ph.D. (ESF); Cynthia Dowd Greene (Upstate)


The project will focus on objectives to attract a prominent “private sector” entrepreneur as its leader who will establish interactions with faculty and students in identifying technologies that have viable new “spin off” ventures; will manage the pre-commercialization process and provide assistance with writing business plans and raising external funding, identifying when/if to form a legal entity for the spin-off; educate faculty inventors, graduate students and post-docs of their responsibility to such ventures and general practices of management and finance.



Stony Brook University

Project manager:  Clinton Rubin, Ph.D.


The objective is to launch a uniquely designed BioEntrepreneur-In-Residence (B-EIR) program to increase the number, quality and success of new ventures formed to commercialize early-state, yet promising biomedical technologies invented on campus. 


The primary aim of the B-EIR program is to foster and facilitate new company formation in the biotechnology, pharma and medical devise sectors to drive regional, innovation-based economic development.



University at Buffalo/Western Hub Partner Campuses (Geneseo, Fredonia, Buffalo State, Brockport)

Project manager:  Jeff Dunbar


The objective is to help facilitate the transition to a technology-based innovation economy driven by a new generation of entrepreneurs. 


The mission of the program will be to stimulate the creation of startups based on SUNY technology; enhance the quality and investment potential of SUNY startups; support the entrepreneurial ecosystem and foster an entrepreneurial culture among Western Hub campuses and communities; generate technology-based economic impact that provides incentives for faculty involvement, creates job and promotes the value of the SUNY system; and fulfills the research mission of benefitting the public good with SUNY discoveries and innovations.



University at Albany/Hudson Valley CC/Cobleskill

Project manager:  William Brigham


The project will leverage the experiences of the Albany SBDC and add an EIR who will focus specifically on enhancing the entrepreneurial environment on participating campuses, driving new startup companies built around SUNY technologies while addressing two facets of need: people and technologies. 


EIR responsibilities will include helping faculty drive entrepreneurship across the curriculum, advising an EIR Club, conducting informational workshops, prospecting for ripe technologies, serving as a coach in pre-seed workshops, assisting with SBIR/STTR applications, and identifying viable early-stage funding sources.


If you have any questions about the SUNY Entrepreneur In Residence Program, please email EIR@rfsuny.org