Ahmet-Hamdi Cavusoglu is the Director of Partnerships at the Innovation Accelerator Foundation and the Executive Director of the Academic Venture Exchange (AVX). AVX matches high-quality entrepreneurs to new ventures emerging from inventions from preeminent research institutions in the United States. Hamdi previously served as an assistant and advisor to both the BioMedX Accelerator at Columbia University and the New York City Regional Innovation Node (NYCRIN) of the National Science Foundation (NSF) i-Corps program. Hamdi completed his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at Columbia University in the lab of Dr. Ozgur Sahin. Hamdi’s research interests lie at the intersection of biology, energy, and the environment; his thesis is titled “A Theory of Renewable Energy from Natural Evaporation”. Hamdi has co-authored several papers in Nature Biotechnology and Nature Communications. During his Ph.D., Hamdi served as the President of the Graduate Student Advisory Council at Columbia University and worked for 6 years as a Fellow (3 years) and Senior Fellow (3 years) at Columbia Technology Ventures – the tech transfer office at Columbia University in the City of New York.