By Leslie Parsons Chapman
In research and development, there is a place known as the Valley of Death – it’s the gap between applied research and viable products. To help bridge this gap so that powerful, useful research can make an impact on the market and improve quality of life, Auburn University’s Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development hosts an annual Launch competition.
The university will hold the 2021 final round March 24 for five faculty teams competing for a share of $100,000 in funding. Because of COVID-19 constraints, the event will be in a hybrid in-person and Zoom format, blending in-person pitches to judges, but with the audience present via Zoom for the pitches and award ceremony.
“Launch recognizes faculty with good ideas and then provides both funding and business expertise to help put those good ideas to work in ways that benefit the state and regional economy,” said Cary Chandler, director of business development and startups in Auburn’s Office of Innovation Advancement and Commercialization and senior director of the Auburn Research and Technology Foundation.
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