Andreas Dios, founder of Cardful, a startup dedicated to assisting small-label fashion companies, appreciated the assistance he received from the University: “I’m involved in the Princeton Entrepreneurship Club and take entrepreneurship classes here. I have learned a lot through my experiences both in the classroom and outside the classroom,” he explained.
John Ritter, Director of the Office of Technology and Licensing, offered encouragement to those presenting that evening and spoke about the opening of the Princeton Entrepreneurial Hub, in addition to the University’s IP Accelerator Fund: “It is truly an exciting time for innovators and entrepreneurs here at Princeton. There are numerous initiatives underway to support your endeavors.”
The IP Accelerator awards its recipients with a small amount of seed capital that can help move research and innovation along. When speaking of the fund, Ritter elaborated on its benefits: “It can greatly assist Princeton researcher efforts to bridge the so called ‘Valley of Death’ between early stage basic research and viable technologies.”
The eHub, or Entrepreneurial Hub, on campus is an incubator space for students and faculty members to further develop their ventures. It also serves as a place for learning opportunities as it is the site of networking events and workshops.
The evening was truly a celebration of Princeton’s increased commitment to both entrepreneurship and the innovations presented by faculty and students that are focusing on solutions to real world problems.