Akron Ascent Innovations (AAI) was selected to pitch to the Akron Regional Change Angels (ARCHAngels) investment network this February. The ARCHAngels meet quarterly with the aim of connecting tech-based entrepreneurs and companies with local investors. The pitch by AAI’s Chief Operating Officer, Dr. Kevin White, with the assistance of AAI’s lead engineering guru, Mr. Ali Blandon, was well received by the community and garnered significant interest from investors and students alike.
“We came here asking for more than just money,” said Dr. Kevin. “We want to engage the community – professionals and students alike – to make something special. Sure, we have a new platform to make useful materials, and we believe it can be used to make new and novel products that can improve people’s lives. More importantly, we feel like we are part of a nascent movement bridging from the laboratory to the real world and that is the really exciting part to me. This is just the start and we are glad to be receiving such positive feedback as we move forward.”
AAI is a start-up company based out of the Akron Global Business Accelerator in Akron, OH, that is commercializing a dry adhesive made by electrospinning polymer nanofibers. The nanofibers have a high surface area that serve to multiply weak, short-range forces over a large area. This structure is responsible for the unique combination of high strength, easy removal, and ability to reposition on a range of surfaces.
The ARCHAngels network was founded in 2005 to promote entrepreneurship in a region renowned for its strengths in polymers, advanced materials, electronics, alternative energy, health care, life sciences, and information technologies. ARCHAngel’s leadership team draws on partners from the University of Akron, local government, private sector, enterprise accelerators, and investors. For more information, visit www.uakron.edu/ARCHAngels.