Networking opens new doors for Commercialization Fellow

Mitchell Ishmael

The path to success is rarely clear-cut, and it often takes unexpected turns. This is especially true in entrepreneurship, where a single networking connection can suddenly open doors, or a crucial piece of feedback from a customer can lead to pivotal product developments.

For Mitchell Ishmael, Ph.D. ‘17, one key insight helped him make a shift in his research project that led to multiple opportunities. Having just graduated, Ishmael is now involved in not one, but two next-phase innovation programs: NEXUS-NY and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Innovation Crossroads.