On June 26, 2017, the Youngstown Business Incubator was awarded a grant from Burton D. Morgan Foundation for the development of a commercialization program for additive manufacturing technologies. Through a partnership with America Makes and Team NEO, outreach was conducted to downselect potential assets for commercialization. Once assets were identified, they were put through a 3 phase program; the Deloitte Commercialization Tool, a Path to Market Assessment, and selection of a Student Team.
Four students were chosen to work on two projects. Susana Luciano, Cameron Holmes, and Jiongcheng Lou from Case Western Reserve University and Edward Cudjoe from Youngstown State University were the 4 chosen students.
Luciano and Holmes were placed with Center Street Technologies while Lou and Cudjoe were placed with Freshmade 3D. The students did a number of tasks from market verification to using the Deloitte commercialization tool to advance these company developments to the next level.
The program continues through mid-2019, and future student teams will be formed. If any Ohio-based organization has an Additive Manufacturing asset or Intellectual Property they are interested in commercializing, please reach out to Ashely Totin at firstname.lastname@example.org. These services are free and are funded by the Burton D. Morgan Foundation.