Ignite Showcase
The Ignite Showcase aims to celebrate the progress and successes of Cornell inventors and founders, exhibit the impact of the Ignite projects on the Cornell community and New York state economic development, and inform Cornell researchers and faculty on how the Ignite program can make an impact on their research and technology.
On Monday, May 15, 2023, from 11 am to 2 pm Cornell faculty, researchers, students, and community members met in person for this special celebration at the Statler Hotel Ballroom for a delightful lunch, exciting networking, and celebration of Cornell innovation!
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Download the event’s brochure here.

Ignite Showcase 2023 Photo Gallery

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.


Heidi Reesink headshot

“With the help of the Ignite fund, our team was able to develop a final formulation of our recombinant lubricin, SynLubricin. We were able to improve both upstream and downstream manufacturing processes, which ultimately helped us decrease the cost of production per batch. Our project has been successful in developing a transferable production and processing strategy for SynLubricin products.”

Professor Heidi L. Reesink,
Dept. of Clinical Sciences,
College of Veterinary Medicine

“Ignite funding is an excellent way to translate your technology to a more sophisticated level, helping with some initial sales to prove a market and get further investment. This program also allows for academic discourse and philosophical discussion with brilliant minds that I did not think would be possible at these later stages of tech development. What a delightful experience.”

Professor Robert F. Shepherd, Ph.D.
Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
College of Engineering


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