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Review panel gets the first look at cohort applications

Applications for the Tool Foundry accelerator closed on May 30 and the selection process is underway. We received 71 applications from inventor teams working on a wide variety of tools — designed for use in areas including marine ecology, genetics, agriculture, and environmental monitoring. Teams come from across the country and represent universities, startups, makerspaces, and hardware organizations.

The Tool Foundry review panel conducted the first round of application review, scoring applications according to the selection criteria and narrowing the field to pass to the selection committee.

Thank you to our review panelists for their dedication and support for Tool Foundry’s mission:

  • Aanika Carroll, Special Projects Manager at the Betty and Gordon Moore Foundation
  • Andrew Steele, Scientist at the Carnegie Institution for Science
  • Heather Kerrick, Senior Research Engineer, Robotics Lab at Autodesk Research
  • Josh Greenberg, Program Director at The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
  • Kevin Yamauchi, Ph.D., R&D Engineer at CZ Biohub
  • Milan Karol, Senior Development Officer at the Carnegie Institution for Science
  • Shah Shelbe, Founder at Conservify
  • Zoe Bespalko, Design & Manufacturing Industry Sustainability Strategy Manager at Autodesk

Now that the review panel has completed their work, the selection committee is scoring and selecting up to 12 cohort candidate teams. On July 9, these teams will present their prototypes and participate in a live Q&A with the selection committee at Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, D.C. Five teams will be selected to join the accelerator cohort.

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Published: 06/13/2019