Attention, UC Santa Barbara researchers and current or would-be entrepreneurs who may be mystified by market application, stumped over strategy, unsure of how to attract industry excitement for an innovation, flummoxed by funding, or otherwise at what seems an entrepreneurial impasse? A chat with Jonathan Gartner may be just what you need.
The California NanoSystems Institute’s (CNSI) first ever mentor-in-residence is here to offer guidance in navigating that gap between academia and business, and he brings a wealth of experience and a deep network. “The idea of a mentor-in-residence is actually something that other universities have adopted, and based on where we are in our innovation, it is time for UCSB,” said Sherylle Mills Englander, executive director for strategic initiatives and operations at CNSI. Gartner, she added, is here to provide that bridge between great ideas and effective commercialization. He is available to consult with any UCSB researcher or any UCSB-affiliated entrepreneur or startup, including faculty, researchers, postdocs, and graduate students.