Tech Talk Provides Platform for Embry-Riddle Entrepreneurs to Showcase Innovations

A group photo of featured ventures, along with distinguished panelists from Raytheon Technologies, NASA, the NSA, MIT and Halifax Health.
Congratulations to the student-led startups who showcased their innovative ideas and transformative technologies at the ESHIP TECH TALK, hosted by the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Pictured here are the featured ventures, along with our distinguished panelists from Raytheon Technologies, NASA, the NSA, MIT and Halifax Health.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University hosted its annual ESHIP TECH TALK event, showcasing student-led startups with revolutionary ideas, scalable transformative technologies and cutting-edge technologies that utilize technology transfer programs like NASA T2U. The event took place on Monday, April 10, 2023, at the Mori Hosseini Student Union Event Center and was hosted by Embry-Riddle’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE).

The event featured six student-led teams that incorporated transformative technologies, including NASA-developed technology, among others. The teams that incorporated NASA-developed technology were recognized for their outstanding work and have received NASA T2U Certificates of Recognition.

“This is a great honor and a testament to the hard work and dedication of these talented students,” said Dr. Ramy A. Rahimi, director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

The ventures included Solara Fuel, Acreage Farm, Helios Link, Limitless Aeronautics, Eyes For You and Project eFlight.

The ESHIP TECH TALK event also included a distinguished panel of experts from Raytheon Technologies, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Halifax Health. These panelists provided valuable insight and perspective on the student-led ventures and their potential impact on the industry. Sonny Tahiliani, the executive director and technology lead of RTX Ventures at Raytheon Technologies; Meredith Reeves, the Technology Transfer expansion lead at Kennedy Space Center for NASA; Major Gonzalo Smith, cyber security officer at the National Security Agency (NSA); Kevin D. Johnson, a senior lecturer and author, CEO from Sloan School of Management at MIT; and Dr. Salman Ahmed, a physician, faculty and entrepreneur at Halifax Health Children's Medical Center, provided valuable feedback and advice to the student teams.

“The event provided an excellent platform for the student-led startups to showcase their innovative ideas and technologies to a panel of industry experts,” said Rahimi. “The event highlighted the importance of innovation and entrepreneurship in today's fast-paced technological landscape. The ESHIP TECH TALK event was a resounding success and demonstrated the university's commitment to fostering a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship among its students.”