The Sensor CAT provides a portal to Stony Brook University intellectual resources, facilities, and programs. We are here to ease your way to evaluating if there is a campus match to your business needs.


Companies and inventors selected for participating in the Entrepreneur-in-Residence program can gain a sense of partnership as the Sensor CAT takes common cause with you in selected off campus funding, product testing, and prospective partnering situations where we think we can help while staying out of the way.


Our Entrepreneur-in-Residence Program helps businesses and entrepreneurs to address questions such as:

  • Should I form a company to commercialize my ideas?
  • What options do I have for pursuing funding for my company?
  • What are my own shortest pathways through the “valley of death?”
  • How can I approach a large customer, and what risks can arise?
  • How can I, or should I pursue overseas customers or partners?
  • How should I structure a license, R&D Agreement, or sales/distribution contract?
  • Should I look toward federal contracts to build my business?
  • How can I protect my intellectual property?


Based upon successful international entrepreneurship and diverse business contacts, our Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Lawrence Weber, Ph.D., may assist you in:

  • Identification of business model, and business sustainability issues.
  • Review of the mix of licensing, selling, grant applications, and venture capital best suited for the particular situation.
  • Prospective business partner referrals.
  • Business presentation materials review.
  • Identification of campus faculty partners for grant proposals.
  • Venture capital raise grooming and referrals.


Our most selective form of assistance, strategic contract review in depth from a business (not legal) perspective, requires company/inventor to sign a disclaimer.


When you or your company is selected for Entrepreneur-in-Residence assistance, it is funded by the Sensor CAT.

A New York State Center for Advanced Technology at Stony Brook University.

Sensor CAT, Stony Brook University | Suffolk Hall, Room 115B, Stony Brook, NY 11794-6217 | sensorcat.stonybrook.edu