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 as well as a series of workshops produced especially for CUNY faculty and research associates. For more information on the CAT Entrepreneurship Workshop, contact Myron Wecker 212-650-7578, mwecker@cunycat.org.

CUNY Entrepreneurship Group

The CUNY CAT is committed to assisting CUNY faculty in their entrepreneurial development. The following are several areas of focus of the CUNY CAT Entrepreneurship Group.

Businesses and Faculty interested in learning more about CUNY CAT Entrepreneurial Activities please 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 assistance in securing funding from the various sources.

Small-Business Incubators and Accelerators

The CUNY CAT assists faculty entrepreneurs using one of the many small-business incubators in the New York City metropolitan area. The CUNY CAT is a major participant in the development of a City College Engineering and Science Technology Incubator.

Lawyers and Accountants

The CUNY CAT assists faculty in determining the optimal degree and timing of input from general counsels and accountants.

CAT Entrepreneurship Roundtables

The CUNY CAT regularly hosts luncheon meetings with CUNY faculty that 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. As part of the roundtable, the CUNY CAT regularly emails faculty when it identifies SBIR/STTR/TTIP/TIP solicitations that seem to be a good fit for faculty technology.