Leveraging Nanotechnology and Entrepreneurship through a Novel Startup Commercialization Model

The Center for Advancing Innovation (CAI) is a global public-private partnership, non-profit that has pioneered an award-winning, startup challenge-accelerator model to encourage entrepreneurial scientists and engineers to take innovations from the lab and collaborate to create new pathways to market. Challenge participants have an opportunity to (1) receive guidance from inventors’ on their most promising technologies, (2) learn about business from, network with, and receive personalized feedback from industry experts and seasoned entrepreneurs, (3) garner unprecedented media attention, (4) understand and pursue mechanisms of startup funding, and (5) start a new career that builds upon their expertise, intelligence, and creativity. The program opens new opportunities for PhDs that shifts their focus from purely academic to transnational. In this webinar, Jonathan Lui, Managing Director at the Center for Advancing Innovation, will share an instance of the model called the Nanotechnology Startup Challenge in Cancer, in which PhD-level challenge participants underwent a multidisciplinary, rigorous training program to launch companies around nanotechnology inventions sources from the NIH.

With over 7 years of strategy consulting experience, Jonathan Lui has expertise in the areas of portfolio strategy, business strategy, and innovation across the several industries including energy, life sciences, and advanced manufacturing.  He has extensive experience in economic analysis; including engagements assessing global, state, and regional innovation strategies and growth impact. Jonathan’s expertise encompasses engagements with small to mid-sized companies to implement commercial strategy for their product portfolios and develop detailed market assessments and financial forecasts for the firms. Jonathan leads the operations of CAI and has been instrumental in the implementation of its startup challenge model. Across 6 startup challenge programs to date, he has trained 2000+ entrepreneurs and launched over 80 startups.  He continues to advise/mentor CAI’s startup portfolio, assisting in business development, partnerships, and product marketing. Jonathan currently leads the implementation and industry analysis for its current program, the Freedom from Cancer Startup Challenge, a program poised to launch 100 startups within the field of cancer. He is currently an MBA candidate at the New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business and holds a BS in Operations Research and Information Engineering from Cornell University.