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U of Kentucky, Jackson State and XLerateHealth launch accelerator program for HBCU innovators


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: July 29th, 2020

The University of Kentucky (UK) and national start-up incubator XLerateHealth are partnering with Jackson State University (JSU) to launch a program aimed at accelerating healthcare innovations developed at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

Spearheaded by JSU, the EnRICH program is designed for faculty and students at 25 HBCUs across the Southeast, with a focus on impacting equity, diversity and inclusion in the innovation process. Participants will be trained to critically evaluate the commercial potential of new health technologies and navigate the process of intellectual property protection and licensing.

The UK Office of Technology Commercialization will provide its patent expertise, while XLerateHealth will offer its extensive experience with launching healthcare start-ups. Both organizations, along with JSU, will give participants access to their professional networks, mentors and other resources.

“JSU is excited to lead this very important initiative, as it has great implications for creating sustainable impact on equity, diversity and inclusion in innovation and entrepreneurship,” said Thomas K. Hudson, acting president of JSU.

“The University of Kentucky is excited for the opportunity to partner with Jackson State University and support the EnRICH program,” says UK president Eli Capiluto. “We believe in the profound power of increasing accessibility for historically marginalized communities, and we look forward to helping improve equity in discovery and innovation.”

Source: UK Now

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