Entrepreneurship Programs

The CAT is often asked by our entrepreneurial faculty for help and advice about starting a business. In response to these requests and as part of the CAT's mission to help New York State businesses in partnership with the CUNY Technology Commercialization Office, the CAT offers individualized assistance for CUNY faculty and research associates. For more information on the CAT Entrepreneurship Workshop, contact:

Myron Wecker, Ph.D.
Deputy Director for the Center for Advanced Technology

Starting a Company

Starting a company is a time-consuming and challenging endeavor with inherent risks. Having a good team, support structure, board of advisors and working closely with the CUNY CAT, CUNY Technology Commercialization Office and other New York City- and State-based small-business support organizations can significantly increase the chances of success. The CUNY CAT offers advice and assistance to entrepreneurial faculty starting their own companies in the following areas:

  • Approaches to starting a company
  • Compliance with CUNY multiple position, conflict of interest and intellectual property policies
  • Assembling industrial teams
  • Articles of organization
  • EIN, DUNS, CCR, Grants.gov, eRA Commons registrations
  • Operating agreements

Funding Sources

There are many funding sources for small companies. The CUNY CAT offers information on securing funding from the various sources.

CAT Entrepreneurship Roundtables

The CUNY CAT regularly meets with CUNY faculty to focus on discussions of issues involved with starting a business. Through our discussions, the CUNY CAT learns about faculty technology. This enables the CUNY CAT to advise faculty on how to commercialize their technology. The CUNY CAT regularly emails faculty when it identifies SBIR/STTR/TTIP/TIP solicitations that seem to be a good fit for faculty technology.