Universities are constantly challenged to do more with less and to be “more entrepreneurial” about providing administrative services, while being asked to offer much more than just a classroom education to our students. Increasingly, universities support entrepreneurship and innovation that translates academic knowledge and technologies to the marketplace.

As CSU President Harlan Sands notes, “Our role as an anchor institution requires that we educate a diverse student body, perform cutting-edge research, and drive economic development that enriches both our students and the community.”

The TeCK Fund was born from the idea that the strengths of Cleveland State and Kent State are complementary, and that together we could support a robust technology validation accelerator that could create greater impact, and require fewer resources, than individual accelerators on each campus.

About the Author:

Jerzy Sawicki, Ph.D., P.E. is Vice President for Research and Bently and Muszynska Endowed Chair and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Cleveland State University.

Paul DiCorleto, Ph.D. is Vice President for Research and Professor of Biological Sciences at Kent State University.

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