Building an enterprise company as a student or first-time founder

October 19, 2016

As an undergraduate at Stanford with all the hot consumer startups sprouting up around us, my friends and I would always joke that we knew we had become boring computer scientists if we ended up working an enterprise company. To be fair, I was at Stanford when Facebook was growing rapidly, everyone was switching over to Dropbox, and Twitter was just starting to get traction with celebrities. Consumer companies just seemed so much cooler.

Fast forward six years, I’m now a 5th year PhD student at MIT in computer security, focusing on how to practically apply cryptography to enterprise systems that deal with big data. During the school year, I’m on the team of Roughdraft Ventures, focusing on security and enterprise companies, and during the summer, I co-founded and continue to run a summer program with Highland Capital for early stage cybersecurity startups called Cybersecurity Factory, where we help founders penetrate the security enterprise market. I also consult with various companies on their security strategy. Having worked with numerous first-time enterprise founders, of which many were students, I learned a few important lessons on starting an enterprise company.

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Connecticut Innovation Summit

October 17, 2016

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Building on the exceptional success of our 2015 Innovation Summit, we’re moving forward with the 2016 Innovation Summit in a similar fashion, focusing on connecting launch and growth companies with funding, co-working opportunities, and professional resources. On the tenth anniversary of the Innovation Summit, we’re making sure the event is bigger, better, and the most business-friendly event CT has ever seen!  Join us for Connecticut’s largest networking event for Launch, Growth and Proven companies, featuring workshops,  Lunch with an Angel, Company Showcase, and more! Perfect for entrepreneurs, businesses, venture capitalists, angel investors, and members of the public.

To learn more, visit http://www.ct.org/signature-event/connecticut-innovation-summit/

CSI CyberSEED

September 28, 2016

On October 10-11, the University of Connecticut, through its Comcast Center of Excellence for Security Innovation, will be hosting CyberSEED’16 (#CyberSEED on Twitter): the third conference on “Emerging Cybersecurity Trends in Cloud, IoT and Beyond”. Cybersecurity leaders from industry, academia and government will come together on the UCONN campus. They’ll hear from notable thought leaders, share perspectives, and formulate strategies for addressing current and emerging security and cybersecurity threats. This year’s special focuses include Geopolitical Security, Workforce Challenges, the Rise of Ransomware, Open Source Vulnerabilities, Wearable Tech Risks, Social Engineering, Integrated DevOps Security and more.

We invite you to check five top reasons why not to miss CyberSEED’16, hop to csi.uconn.edu/cyberseed/ and freely register today!

Here are a few reasons to attend:

  • A Sad Story, a Smart Watch and a Cozy Bear. We all know that social engineering, wearable tech and global tensions are creating very real threats to our economy, our privacy, our elections and more. CyberSEED is where white hats sharpen their skills.
  • $4.45 Buys a Starbucks Venti and a Ticket to CyberSEED’s All Star Lineup. (Hint: One is Free.)A former White House employee who now focuses on Internet policy and privacy issues at Facebook. The Assistant Director of the FBI’s Cyber Division. The Founder and CEO of Amyx+, winner of the Cloud and DevOps World 2016 Award for Most Innovative Vendor. These are just a few of the leaders and doers scheduled to speak at CyberSEED 2016. Your cost? $0 to register ($25 security deposit for no-show). You cover your own transportation, meals and lodging costs, but the conference and all of its sessions are free.
  • A Peek Behind the Curtain at fsociety On the lighter side, you’ll have the chance to hear firsthand how the real hackers behind USA’s Mr. Robot get it so right. Four of them will be joining us for a special panel to discuss how the hacks featured on the show have been driving security awareness and change.
  • Networking: Challenge Accepted. The person sitting next to you at lunch or at a session could be a future partner, collaborator, or mentor.
  • Some Sweet Extra Credit. Attendance at CyberSEED 2016 will earn you a healthy batch of 16 CPEs towards your re-certifications.

General Event Information:

October 10-11, 2016 UConn Rome Commons Ballroom 626 Gilbert Road Ext. Storrs, CT 06269 URL: csi.uconn.edu/cyberseed/ Registration: http://www.csi.uconn.edu/cyberseed/register.html Twitter: #CyberSEED, @CSICyberSEED

The CyberSEED Team Contacts: laurent.michel@uconn.edu, john.chandy@uconn.edu

Bioscience Connecticut Progress Celebration

September 19, 2016

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Library Drives Entrepreneurship with New 3D Printing Studio

August 22, 2016

 

The UConn Library is an enthusiastic partner in the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Consortium’s efforts to foster innovation and economic development by providing a cornerstone of expertise, resources, and spaces to help you transform your ideas.

Our specialized online research tools, which number in the hundreds, are available for each step of the entrepreneurial process – from initial research and development, to gathering data to inform business plans and investor pitches.  Access to thousands of specialized trade journals and databases in numerous fields like computer science, engineering, and medicine are at your fingertips.

An important piece of this immersive experience is UConn’s first publicly accessible 3D Printing Studio in the Homer Babbidge Library. The start to a true MakerSpace, this location will be a focal point in the core of the academic community for developing and prototyping product ideas. You can find more information at http://lib.uconn.edu/services/uconns-3d-printing-studio/

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Also, to help you navigate the wealth of resources, we are excited to be conducting a national search for an Entrepreneurship & Innovation Librarian. This person will be a key member of UConn’s immersive entrepreneurial experience through their engagement with students in the Innovation House Learning Communities and all other innovators and inventors on campus. An expert in business research, they will work closely with you to get the most out of tools and resources available.

A great place to start on your journey is our Entrepreneurship Research Guide at http://classguides.lib.uconn.edu/entrepreneurship. There you will find tips to navigate our databases to conduct research on consumer and technology trends and competitors, and develop market intelligence to understand how and whether a new innovation would have a competitive advantage.

Nursing and Engineering Students Collaborate on Healthcare Innovation Projects

 

Undergraduate students from the School of Nursing and the School of Engineering/MEM Program (Management and Engineering for Manufacturing) have collaborated on several Healthcare Innovation projects which were presented during the SON’s annual Shark Tank competition. The MEM program is a joint collaboration between the School of Business and the School of Engineering. Both the SON , SOB and the SOE are members of the UConn Entrepreneurship and Innovation Consortium. Students collaborated over both the Fall and Spring semesters to prove initial feasibility and a working prototype.

For the past three years, the SON Healthcare Innovation Program has challenged our undergraduate nurses to identify a healthcare problem and a creative solution.  Ideas address a wide variety of healthcare issues such as global spread of disease (ex zika virus) and many improvements to the delivery of hospital based healthcare. In addition to working with the SOE/MEM program, the SON will also collaborate with the Biomedical Engineering Department this year on select projects.

Two of the collaborative teams are shown below.

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Noninvasive monitoring of total body fluid including dehydration and fluid overload in real time

 

                                                                                   

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Novel Dispensing Unit eliminating millions of dollars in wasted gloves