Dec 7, 2020

Science Venture Studio Graduates First Cohort of Commercialization Fellows, Taking Applications for Spring Fellows

The Fall 2020 cohort of Commercialization Fellows with the Science Venture Studio (SVS) has ended, and the application is now open for the Spring 2021 Commercialization Fellow Internship. 

Startup Junkie, which oversees SVS, hired four outstanding students this Fall and were each paired with a different company that worked individually with SVS in preparing and submitting Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) or Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) proposals. 


Gurshagan Kandhola, a post-doctoral student, was paired with SIEV Technologies an early-stage science and technology company that has a focus on catalytic membranes to help with the market analysis, identifying the correct market, and drafting the commercialization portion of an NSF SBIR Phase I proposal that was successfully submitted by the company on December 2, 2020. 

John Alumbaugh, a computer science Ph.D. student, was paired with TruckISH, a company that has developed a fleet management platform to aid in the supply chain. Alumbaugh supported TruckISH in drafting the commercialization portion of a USDA SBIR Phase I proposal that was submitted on October 22nd and he aided in market research as well as provided technical review for an NSF SBIR Phase I proposal that the company submitted on December 2, 2020.  

Giselle Toledo, a microelectronics and photonics Ph.D. student was paired with SurfTec an advanced materials company. Toledo supported SurfTec by preparing an AFWERX SBIR Phase I proposal that was submitted on October 22, 2020. 

Josue Calderon, a senior biology major, was paired with Lineus Medical a medical device company to help research market trends, market opportunities and commercialization strategies as the company prepares a proposal for the NIH Catalyze Program that will be submitted in Spring 2021. 

This paid fellowship is a partnership between the U of A and Startup Junkie, which oversees SVS. The fellowship is for the duration of one semester, with a $5000 stipend. We are searching for advanced Senior level or graduate level students, that can commit to 20 hours per week.  

Each fellow will be partnered with an SVS client company to work over the course of a semester to conduct market research, customer discovery, and other duties as needed to reach the milestones the companies have identified for a successful SBIR or STTR proposal.

Applications close on December 15th. Interviews will be conducted via zoom on December 16thand 17th.

The internship will begin the week of January 4, 2021 and will conclude mid-May 2021. 

About Startup Junkie: Located in Fayetteville, Startup Junkie is building entrepreneurial ecosystems in Northwest Arkansas through providing no-cost, one-on-one consulting; events, workshops, and programs; and access to capital and talent.

About the U of A Office of Entrepreneurship: The Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation creates and curates innovation and entrepreneurship experiences for students across all disciplines. Through the Brewer Family Entrepreneurship Hub, McMillon Innovation Studio and Startup Village, OEI provides free workshops and programs — including social and corporate innovation design teams, venture internships, competitions, and startup coaching. OEI also offers on-demand support for students who will be innovators within existing organizations and entrepreneurs who start something new.