ATLANTA (Feb. 14, 2014) – Clark Atlanta University (CAU) has been selected to join the inaugural cohort for the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Innovation and Entrepreneurship Collaborative (IEC). Funded by The Lemelson Foundation, the cohort of 15 HBCUs will participate in a multi-year collaboration to foster innovation, commercialization and entrepreneurship on their respective campuses.
Forty-four HBCUs submitted competitive applications for the limited number of spaces in the cohort. Institutions were rated on institutional commitment, institutional capacity, federal research engagement, intellectual property engagement, faculty innovation potential and cross-disciplinary impact. The cohort will be able to access current and future funding available only to cohort members.
CAU President Carlton E. Brown said, “Entrepreneurship and innovation across all disciplines are an important focus for us at CAU, and we are honored to be included in this initial cohort after such a competitive display from the HBCU community. We welcome the opportunities this collaboration will bring to our students, faculty, staff and the broader community.”
The 15 institutions that were selected are:
· Clark Atlanta University
· Fayetteville State University
· Florida A&M University*
· Hampton University
· Howard University
· Jackson State University*
· Morehouse College
· Morgan State University*
· North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University*
· Prairie View A&M University*
· Tuskegee University*
· University of Maryland Eastern Shore*
· University of the Virgin Islands*
· Virginia State University*
· Xavier University of Louisiana
*Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) member institutions
The above institutions will kick off their participation at the 2014 HBCU Innovation and Entrepreneurship Collaborative Symposium in conjunction with OPEN 2014 -- the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance 18th Annual Conference that will be held in San Jose, Calif., March 21-22. This pre-conference symposium is funded by The Lemelson Foundation and is being hosted jointly by APLU, the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA), the United Negro College Fund, and the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Several partnering organizations will also be working on this initiative.