Once the researchers tackled the science and technology, they had to find the right team to try to commercialize their findings.
Working through the pre-accelerator program at Venture Lab, part of the 1819 Innovation Hub, and finding the right entrepreneur-in-residence was key, Andersen said. Through these teams, they’ve found the balance to move forward.
The 1819 Innovation Hub is part of UC’s strategic direction called Next Lives Here. It’s self-described as “a place of thinking, making and doing, of discovery and delivery, for the university and its community, for the city and the world beyond. It is the one-stop destination where industry meets the university’s talent.” Its Venture Lab specifically works to activate a high density of curated startup opportunities to attract outside entrepreneurial talent as well as investors.
Next Lives Here aims to amplify UC’s core missions of teaching, research and service. This is achieved by working with faculty and students and pairing like-minded innovators together. For the Cinthesis team, that goal has been realized.
“Working with the 1819 Innovation Hub was eye-opening. For me, it was a crash course on the language and concepts of business and marketing, which helped me speak more effectively with the program’s expert entrepreneurs,” Andersen said. “Prior to my experience, I was biased toward the science and underestimated and undervalued the work required to bring a product to market in an effective manner.”
Mack agrees, saying that it helped the whole team learn about the industrial side, and made connections possible that would not have been otherwise.
“It was everything I expected and more, and I would suggest it to anyone looking to build a start-up,” he said.
Mack said the grant will help create key connections in the industry to help secure contracts from industry partners and get the startup off the ground.
Featured image at top: Laboratory implements in an experiment.