Cutting edge "Entrepreneurial Challenge" focus of Fairfield University event

Image: J HartmanThe "Entrepreneurial Challenge," a competition designed to support revolutionary ventures in aerospace and beyond, will be the focus of a Fairfield University event, on Thursday, August 29 at 7 p.m. Free and open to the public, the event - presented by Fairfield University's School of Engineering and the Inventors Association of Connecticut (IACT) - will be held in the School of Engineering (McAuliffe Hall), Room 102.

The speaker will be Jonathan Hartman, who currently serves as the Disruptive Technologies Lead for Sikorsky Innovations, the technology development organization of Stratford, Conn.-based Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation. He'll discuss the bi-annual competition that is used to identify future potential partners and increase collaborative efforts between the small business community and Sikorsky - the world leader in vertical flight solutions.

"Selected entrepreneurs will join an extensive network of technical experts, business mentors, strategic partners, potential customers, and experienced investors working together to spark the next big thing," said School of Engineering Professor Doug Lyon, Ph.D., who is also IACT president.

In his role with Sikorsky, Hartman champions the identification and maturation of game-changing technologies, and the creation of new processes for collaborating with innovative companies and organizations. He's responsible for technical project management, small business acquisition, academic partnerships and talent acquisition. His technical portfolio includes future vehicle concepts, next generation energy storage, and dedicated unmanned systems.

For more information, call (203) 254-4000, ext. 3155, or e-mail For more information about the School of Engineering, visit For event details, see

Image: Jonathan Hartman of Sikorsky Innovations.

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Media Contact: Meg McCaffrey, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2726,

Posted on August 13, 2013

Vol. 46, No. 20

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