Ignite Connect 2024

Welcome to Ignite Connect 2024: Accelerating Impact

About the Event

Join us at Ignite Connect 2024 for a groundbreaking experience. This event is the convergence point for the most innovative technologies and fresh venture ideas born from the Ignite gap funding program and Cornell’s dynamic innovation ecosystem.

Get ready to engage with a diverse network of industry pioneers, savvy investors, and visionary entrepreneurs. Our event is more than just a meeting of minds; it’s a platform where partnerships are forged, and future technologies take flight.

Join us on Wednesday, January 31st, 2024, at noon, on this one-of-a-kind virtual connection.


12:00 – 12:05 PM

Welcome by Alice Li, Ph.D. ’98, CLP, Executive Director, Center for Technology Licensing (CTL) at Cornell University

12:05 – 12:20 PM

Opening Remarks by Krystyn Van Vliet, Ph.D., Vice President of Research & Innovation at Cornell University

12:20 – 12:50 PM

Executive Interview: Innovating for Impact

With Peggy Koenig ’78, Chair of Executive Committee Cornell BOT and Chair Emeritus of Abry Partners, LLC, and Greeshma Gadikota, Ph.D., Co-founder of  Carbon To Stone and Associate Professor, Croll Sesquicentennial Fellow, Civil and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University

12:50 – 2:15 PM

Pitch Sessions: Dive into any of the five concurrent sessions depending on your expertise of interest.

Track 1
Therapeutics & Vaccines

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Therapeutics Track Presenters
Therapeutics Track Presenters

Track 2
Diagnostics & Biotech Tools

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Diagnostics and Biotech Track Presenters
Biotech Track Presenters

Track 3
MedTech & Digital Health

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MedTech Track Presenters
MedTech Track Presenters

Track 4
Materials & Energy

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Materials Track Presenters

Track 5
High Tech & Hardware

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High Tech Track Presenters
High Tech Track Presenters

2:15 – 3:00 PM

Networking: connect one-on-one with:

  • Presenters
  • CTL’s Business Development Team
  • Incubator Partners from
    • The Center for Life Science Ventures
    • The Praxis Center for Venture Development
    • The Runway Startups Program
    • BioVenture eLab

Ignite External Committee Members

We would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to the Ignite Committee Members and Technology Advisors who generously volunteered their time and expertise to carefully evaluate the proposals submitted by applicants. We highly value your willingness to share your technical and market knowledge, which has greatly benefitted both the program and the selected projects. Your remarkable skills and dedication have enabled us to identify and guide projects that required funding to overcome critical barriers and achieve significant advancements toward de-risking the technologies. Your unwavering support is sincerely appreciated, and we look forward to continuing our partnership with you as we strive to make a positive impact in advancing Cornell’s innovation and growing entrepreneurship ecosystem.

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Learn more about Ignite Committee Members and Technology Advisors here.


Accelerate Cornell Innovation.
Ignite Commercialization and Venture