This month, the Princeton Entrepreneurship Council (PEC) launched "TigerTalks in the City," a quarterly series designed to bring Princeton research with an entrepreneurship focus to New York. The topic of the inaugural panel discussion was "Big Data and Little Privacy?" and featured faculty from a range of disciplines.
Brian O'Kelley of the Class of 1999, founder of AppNexus, kicked off the evening on Oct. 6 at the company's headquarters in Midtown. "For 17 years, I've been waiting for Princeton to come to New York City and to make entrepreneurship a real focus," he said. "Somehow, all of these things are coming together."
And coming together they are. Mung Chiang, PEC chair and director of the Keller Center for Innovation in Engineering Education, said that among the initiatives Princeton is spearheading to support entrepreneurship are the new "incubator in downtown Princeton" and the undergraduate certificate Program in Entrepreneurship.
Pablo Debenedetti, dean for research, spoke about the entrepreneurial advances on campus that government and University-funded research grants support. "We've created Innovation Funds, which reward bold ideas to establish a culture of risk-taking," said Debenedetti, who is also the Class of 1950 Professor in Engineering and Applied Science and professor of chemical and biological engineering. "Our aim is to support research in which knowledge is advanced by invention."