American Competitiveness through

American Innovation

Our mission is to promote our nation’s economic competitiveness in the global economy by promoting our nation’s innovation.

..Some models designed to build upon innovative public/private partnerships have created stronger support to enhance the growth of early stage companies emerging from Federal research funding. For example, […] the Innovation Accelerator […] expand(s) resources to NSF’s award winners. Thus far, Innovation Accelerator has helped to establish a regional seed fund for NSF SBIR firms and has provided mentoring assistance and aid in leveraging $200 million in investment for these firms…

President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology Report to the President, July 2012

 

 

 

Our nation is the world leader in innovation – that is, in doing research and development, and bringing it to market.  But our leadership is being challenged in ways that are unprecedented in recent history.  It is urgent – and a matter of national security – that our nation maintain and build upon its global innovation competitive advantage.

2008

Innovation Accelerator (IA)
founded

The Innovation Accelerator (IA) was founded by John Pyrovolakis in 2008 as the private side of a public-private partnership. The IA is a vertically integrated innovation practice with a focus on commercialization, intellectual property, and venture capital.

2012

Innovation Accelerator acknowledged in PCAST report

The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology acknowledges Innovation Accelerator’s work in commercializing government funded research in its July report to the President.

2013

Innovation Accelerator Foundation acquires iBridge from Kauffman Foundation

The Innovation Accelerator Foundation (IAF) officially announces the acquisition of the iBridge Network (www.ibridgenetwork.org), a university intellectual property marketplace originally developed by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in 2005.

2016

Academic Venture Exchange founded

The Innovation Accelerator Foundation (IAF) partners with some of the country’s top research institutions to found Academic Venture Exchange (AVX). The Suzanne and Walter Scott Foundation funds IAF to build AVX.

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Innovation Accelerator brings together innovation experts, best-in-class innovation practices and game-changing tehnology platforms, under three core entities that serve its mission by providing commercialization, funding and networking services.

Innovation Accelerator Foundation

The Innovation Accelerator Foundation’s (IAF) mission is to promote our nation’s economic competitiveness in the global economy by promoting our nation’s innovation.

In support of this mission, IAF provides commercialization services to small businesses empowered by exceptional American innovation – sourced from federal funding, federal laboratories, or universities.  Our work commercializing recipients of small business innovation research grants was cited in the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology report to the White House.

iBridge Network

The iBridgeNetwork aspires to be our nation’s virtual university innovation ecosystem.  Originally created by the Kauffman Foundation for Entrepreneurship to provide a single point of visibility into the intellectual property resident at universities throughout the nation, the “soft launched” version of iBridgeNetwork 2.0 adds a “social layer” intended to extend iBridgeNetwork from a marketplace to a network.

Academic Venture Exchange

The Academic Venture Exchange (AVX) is a collaboration between the technology transfer offices (TTOs) of some of the leading research institutions in the United States, and an initiative of the Innovation Accelerator Foundation. It seeks to pool contacts and ventures to better match high quality entrepreneurs to new ventures emerging from university research.

The Innovation Accelerator Foundation’s (IAF) mission is to promote our nation’s economic competitiveness in the global economy by promoting our nation’s innovation.

In support of this mission, IAF provides commercialization services to small businesses empowered by exceptional American innovation – sourced from federal funding, federal laboratories, or universities.  Our work commercializing recipients of small business innovation research grants was cited in the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology report to the White House.

The iBridgeNetwork aspires to be our nation’s virtual university innovation ecosystem.  Originally created by the Kauffman Foundation for Entrepreneurship to provide a single point of visibility into the intellectual property resident at universities throughout the nation, the “soft launched” version of iBridgeNetwork 2.0 adds a “social layer” intended to extend iBridgeNetwork from a marketplace to a network.

The Academic Venture Exchange (AVX) is a collaboration between the technology transfer offices (TTOs) of some of the leading research institutions in the United States, and an initiative of the Innovation Accelerator Foundation. It seeks to pool contacts and ventures to better match high quality entrepreneurs to new ventures emerging from university research.

Our team is tirelessly working to safeguard and strengthen our county’s innovation advantage.

John Pyrovolakis

Founder, Director

Emily DeRocco

Strategic Advisor

Alan Thomas

Executive Director,
Academic Venture Exchange

Erik Olsen

Director,
Commercialization

Mary Zafeiri

Director,
Technical Operations

Sakis Dimopoulos

Director, Technology

Spyros Angelis

Director,
Product Development