Ignite Erie Programs for Business and Industry

Ignite Erie Programs for Business and Industry

The Ignite Erie Industry+University Collaborative offers many resources for business and industry.

Intern Mashups

An Intern Mashup involves nimble interdisciplinary teams of students who solve applied research and development problems and commercialize technology under the mentorship and management of faculty and professional staff. Projects range from simple analyses requiring just a few hours’ time to design and development efforts ranging from three months to two years, intended to address complex problems and requiring a diverse skill set from the student contributors.

Companies in need of technical assistance with new product or process development can benefit from Erie County's experienced faculty and student teams. Grants are available for up to $5,000 and require a 1:1 cash match from the interested party.

Interested parties should email Jake Marsh or Amy Bridger.

Innovating Through Collaboration Teams

Innovating through Collaboration (ITC) begins with proposals by industry partners or entrepreneurs for projects that will help them innovate or provide insights in areas such as new product market analyses, new product pricing strategies, new markets for existing products, improved processes, marketing strategies, and targeting of new opportunities for growth. An ITC project typically involves a team comprising a faculty champion, an MBA student, and two undergraduate research assistants from relevant fields. Each project requires analytical rigor, critical thinking, and expertise in multiple disciplines to provide valuable guidance to industry at all phases of growth. Grants typically range from $500 to $2,000 and require a 1:1 cash match from the interested party.

Interested parties should email Jake Marsh or Amy Bridger.

Intellectual Property

Within collaborations, there are often concerns about intellectual property ownership. It is our policy that in any collaboration funded by the Ignite Erie Industry+University Collaborative and an industrial partner, all developed IP is owned solely by the industrial partner.