About The Center For Advancing Innovation
CAI is a US-based 501c3 nonprofit that matches entrepreneurial talent with breakthrough inventions to launch startups and connect them with capital – a trifecta – innovation + talent + capital. Startups advance inventions from 120+ research institutes, partnered with CAI. CAI cultivates entrepreneurs, providing them with rigorous business education and guidance from 650+ thought leaders through a virtual challenge model. CAI’s mission is to advance “Tech for Good”.
CAI has been coined the “Tinder for Startups” by Nature and “Shark Tank on Steroids” by the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO). CAI earned numerous awards and recognition from Health and Human Services, the White House, the Federal Laboratory Consortium, and more. CAI is featured in the Washington Post, Wired, Huffington Post, Nature, and several other publications. CAI received funding from the Walton Family Foundation, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Arnold Ventures, MedImmune (now AstraZeneca), the Avon Foundation, Heritage Provider Network, and more. This funding enabled CAI to orchestrate nine innovation challenges, through which CAI directly created 900+ new jobs, scaled 10X in five years, trained 3500+ entrepreneurs, and launched 300+ companies.
- Inclusion: ~60% of CAI’s startups are co-founded by minorities, more than 40% are co-founded by women, demonstrating CAI’s ability to empower minorities and women to found technology companies that can rapidly create knowledge-based jobs
- Proven Turnkey Model: CAI has conducted 9 challenges; 3 place-centered challenges and scaled its model by 10X leveraging 170,000 inventions across 120+ research institutes
- Community: CAI cultivated relationships across key stakeholder groups, including entrepreneurs, philanthropists, investors, industry, academic, and federal labs in the DMV. Examples include but are not limited to: MedImmune/AstraZeneca, Emergent, NASA, NIH, GWU, CONNECTpreneur, and Children’s National Hospital
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