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NYCRIN Testimonials

"NYCRIN is dedicated to teaching technology entrepreneurship and performing research that advances this endeavor. Its aim is to become a global leader in technology innovation and entrepreneurial business development by leveraging the existing innovation ecosystem in New York City."

Gillian Small, Ph.D., NYCRIN Principal Investigator, City University of New York

"I learned a lot from the I-Corps experience and I feel like my strategies toward my research have also changed. I am grateful for the time [the teaching team] spent reviewing my business canvas and interviews and providing [their] advice."

Omid Dehzangi, EL,
NYCRIN April 2013 Cohort

"The [I-Corps] program, along with the entire 'Teaching Team', was outstanding, even for someone who thinks they know a lot about the world of startups. It was, as they say, a valuable learning experience for me as a Mentor, as well as for our Team."

Tom Harrison, IM, NYCRIN April 2013 Cohort

"Thanks again for a job well done!!!!! Everyone I reached out to the last couple of days had nothing negative to say. At times, PIs, mentors or ELs would approach me on their own and offer ONLY positive comments about both the curriculum and the instructors."

Rathindra (Babu) DasGupta, Program Director, I/UCRC and I-Corps

"I'd like to thank you all for guiding us throughout the customer discovery process."

Maciej Pietrusinski, EL, NYCRIN April 2013 Cohort

"Thank you so much for your constant support and advice in training me towards entrepreneurship. The program was fun and educational at the same time."

Raviprasad Aduri, Ph.D., EL, NYCRIN April 2013 Cohort

"Thank you again for being a critical (literally!) part of the I-Corps program for me. It was a great experience and I learned a lot."

Linda Plano, IM, NYCRIN April 2013 Cohort

Vincent Lee, Ph.D., was an EL on the Lumiode I-Corps team out of Stanford University in March 2012. He is currently the CEO and Co-Founder of Lumiode, Inc, working on next generation microdisplays.  Lumiode began full-time operation in September 2012.  The company secured initial funding through the NSF SBIR program and a Navy sub-contract.  Most of their current focus is on technology development with a mindset towards a minimum viable product for the application areas they identified through the I-Corps program. 

As of August 2013, they are applying for Phase II of the NSF SBIR and looking for external investment to continue research and product development. Prior to forming Lumiode, Vincent earned his Ph.D. at Columbia University in electrical engineering.


Cristina Canavesi is a Ph.D. candidate at the Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester.  She was an EL on the LighTip team out of Stanford University in March 2012. Her research interests are freeform reflectors design and applications of illumination to biomedical instrumentation.  Since 2011, realizing that she lacked the tools needed to commercialize the technology that was being developed in her advisor’s lab, she has been pursuing several opportunities to get trained in business, including participating in the NSF I-Crops program.  A new startup, LighTopTech Corp., was formed in May 2013 based on the technology and understanding of a product-market fit discovered during her I-Corps training. As of August 2013, they have submitted their first NSF STTR proposal and are preparing their first NIH STTR proposal.

Mike Riedlinger is a Manager of Rochester BioVenture Center & Program Manager of Technology Commercialization at High Tech Rochester (HTR). He was an Industry Mentor on the LighTip I-Corps team out of Stanford University in March 2012. His I-Corps experience has led to the development of several programs for HTR based on “Customer Discovery.”  These include: an updated “Pre-Seed Workshop” for evaluating technologies that might be commercialized, the HTR LaunchPad Software Accelerator – funded by a grant from the Farash Foundation, a Medical Device Prototyping Workshop (now in pilot phase), and a soon to be launched Proof-Of-Concept-Center (POCC) program – funded primarily by NYSERDA.