Bulletin of the American Physical Society
APS March Meeting 2022
Volume 67, Number 3
Monday–Friday, March 14–18, 2022; Chicago
Session K13: What Do Early-Career Physicists Do?
3:00 PM–6:00 PM,
Tuesday, March 15, 2022
Room: McCormick Place W-183A
Sponsoring Units: FIAP FECS
Chair: Adam Iaizzi, Natl Taiwan Univ
Abstract: K13.00004 : Pitfalls and shortcuts on the journey from academic science into hard tech entrepreneurship: A personal story.
4:48 PM–5:24 PM
“State of the Art” is simply a reflection of a specific communities shared perception rather than a universally agreed to objective state of things. The transition from basic science to applied science and eventually into product development is both a personal challenge and a required developmental progression for any entrepreneurial driven hard tech disruption.
Beginning as a basic science investigation into energy storing nanofluids, Influit Energy’s founders have strategically secured funding for Nanoelectrofuel (NEF) technology development from DOE, ARPAe, NSF, NASA, DARPA, and the Air Force. In this talk I will share insights on the successful transition from academic science to entrepreneurship, advantages and pitfalls of academia, big institutional project developments, and founder-controlled startups. We have chosen the path of shepherding our creative passions, secured strategic partnerships, and identified the specific funding streams which matched our developmental stages. Sharing our unique experience will help illuminate a path which is critical to other future hard tech disruptions.
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