Position Description for Entrepreneurial Start-Up Team Member

The Entrepreneurs Center (TEC), a technology business incubator, and The Wright Brothers Institute, (WBI), a technology transfer organization associated with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), are now seeking student participants in the Technology Acceleration Program (TAP). The TAP is an exciting entrepreneurial development program that allows students to join with AFRL scientists to establish commercial ventures for selected AFRL technologies. Participating students will have the opportunity to take a management role and equity position in new start-ups commercializing viable technologies.

This program will consist of two distinct phases. Participants in Phase 1 of the program will be given priority for participation in Phase 2.

Phase 1

In this phase, each student participant will:

  • Select an AFRL technology to assess during the Opportunity Discovery Process;
  • Form a 2-3 member student team;
    Interact directly with the inventor to gain a deep understanding of the technology and its background;
  • Conduct a high-level market assessment of the selected technology, using an established technology market assessment framework. Assessments will be developed under the supervision of an experienced entrepreneur, senior executive or professor;
  • Develop a presentation that summarizes the results of that assessment in order to guide decisions regarding further investments in the technology.

The above activities will be completed during a 30 day period. Three distinct cycles will occur between June 2105 and August of 2015. Student participants will be required to participate in scheduled events (see below) during the 30 day Opportunity Discovery Process and should anticipate additional self-directed investment of time and effort.

Phase 2

In this phase, each student participant will:

  • Select an AFRL technology/technologies to use as a foundation for a new start-up;
  • Form a 2-3 member student team;
  • Progress through a formal technology acceleration program to build out their start-up;
  • Interact with support organizations within the Dayton Region, including technology incubators, facilitators, technical leads, and business consultants;
  • Develop a formal investment pitch deck to seek outside venture/angel capital funding for their start-up;
  • Present their start-up at a shark tank type event.

Phase 2 will occur over a 90 day period, starting August of 2015 and concluding in October of 2015 (1 cycle). Student participants will be required to participate in scheduled events (see below) and should anticipate additional self-directed investment of time and effort during the 90 day Phase 2 period. Students participating in Phase 2 will have the option of securing a management role and equity position in their start-up!

Phase 1: June 2015 – August 2015. There’s still time to sign up and be part of the 2015 program. The kick-off event will be held July 25-26

Phase 2: August 2015 – October 2015


Participants in the Entrepreneurial Start-Up Team Members will be responsible for:

  • Technology Assessment: Research and evaluation of potential technologies to assess technology state, intellectual property position, competitive and adjacent technologies, etc.
  • Market Opportunity Assessments: Research and evaluation of chosen technology to determine market opportunities, including market analysis, competitive analysis, addressable markets, market entry paths;
  • Business Model Development: Development of a formal business model for the start-up;
  • Pitch Preparation and Delivery: Preparation and delivery of a venture capital pitch, to be delivered at a capstone shark tank type event in Phase 2 of the program;
  • Marketing and Communications: Development of marketing, communications and media strategies to maximize the visibility and awareness of the technology post launch.


Start-Up TAP will engage a broad cross-section of students – so specific technical or business backgrounds are not a requirement. However candidates for the program should possess the following general qualifications:

  • Strong and demonstrable entrepreneurial passion and commitment;
  • Capacity to multi-task and balance competing time, personal and professional demands;
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal and communications skills;
  • Ability and desire to work well as an effective member of a team;
  • Ability to work with diverse groups including businesses, entrepreneurs, major corporations, universities, economic development organizations and the general public.


The Start-Up TAP appeals to the entrepreneurial student seeking the opportunity to participate in a start-up business based on promising technology. The success or failure of each team will be entirely based on the self-directed level of effort each team expends. There is no established time commitment or formal time requirement.

However, each team member will be required to participate in scheduled events for each phase including:

  1. One full day (8 hours) for technology briefings and selection;
  2. One half day (4 hours) for team formation and kick-off;
  3. Periodic check-points to gauge progress of the team;
  4. One half day (4 hours) for presentation of the technology.

The Start-Up TAP offers no monetary compensation. However, it offers the entrepreneurial student with a number of important benefits, including:

  • Own equity in startup company;
  • Build relationships with AFRL scientists and engineers;
  • Build relationships with other entrepreneurs;
  • Gain entrepreneurial experience;
  • Develop experience in a team environment;
  • Pitch potential investors with business idea.

Ready to sign up or need more information regarding Start-Up TAP, please contact jroe@tecdayton.com.