Grit Labs

Grit Labs bridges  technology and talent to industry.

Grit Labs is a platform that brings together a strategic network of innovators spread across America’s marquee university and government labs. We partner with big industry to bring startups to market. We focus on the intersection of ready technology and deep market opportunity, with an eye toward impact.

University Partners

Steering Committee

Grit’s Steering Committee is an Advisory Board providing strategic guidance and hub  relationships to Grit Labs.

  • Executive Director, Scott Inst. for Energy Innovation
    Carnegie Mellon University
  • Faculty Director, Computer Science
    University of Colorado Boulder
  • Executive Director, Liu Lab for Innovation & Ent.
    Rice University
  • Principal, Venture Lab
    Georgia Tech
  • Director, Research Relations
    The University of Texas at Austin
  • Director of Ventures, Innovation Partnerships
    University of Michigan

Academic Council

Grit’s Academic Council is a strategic network of innovators  spread across America’s marquee academic institutions and labs.

University Fellows

Grit’s University Fellows Program is a diversity-driven initiative focused on elevating university talent into venture capital, STEM, AI, Robotics and Energy. Grit is an ardent advocate of equal opportunity.  

We believe that by rooting the socioeconomic networks resulting from deep technology in diversity, we have a special opportunity to change the world for the better.

The program includes a lecture series on entrepreneurship and venture capital, a focused research initiative, and connection to the Grit Labs strategic community.



Grit Labs is actively enrolling strategically focused industry partners.

We are strategically connected to the broader industrial base, across Fortune 500 corporates, government and later stage pools of capital. We connect early-stage technologies and startups to these important strategic partners through Grit Labs and strategic initiatives.

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The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX


‍Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA


Georgia Tech
Atlanta, GA


‍Stanford University
San Francisco, CA

Academic Council

Matt Travers, PhD.
Christoffer Heckman, PhD.
Justin Hart, PhD.
Joydeep Biswas, PhD.
Changliu Liu, PhD.
Dorsa Sadigh, PhD.
Monroe Kennedy, PhD.
Khurram Khan Afridi, PhD.
Howie Choset, PhD.
Luis Sentis, PhD.
Junfeng Jiao, PhD.

University Fellows

Diversity of perspective is a key to the future.

Grit University Fellows is a university-talent program focused on deep technology exploration and entrepreneurship.

2022 Applications due February 2022

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University Fellows

Gilberto Briscoe-Martinez
Corinne Alini
Waku Ken
Ramon Williams
Isaiah Scott