Sherri Dente

Company: University of Bridgeport

Location: Bridgeport

Tell us about your community building activities in 2020?

Our office provides students and faculty at UB and our partner school (Fairfield University, HCC, and NCC) with access to a full time patent attorney to answer any questions relating to intellectual property. We educate students and faculty at UB and partner schools about intellectual property protection and counsel inventors on the best path to protection and commercialization, as well as assisting students and faculty in the application process.

What community building goals did you accomplish or milestones did you hit in 2020?

We are currently in Year 3 of the CT Next grant and have awarded over 20 grants to innovators at UB, Fairfield University, Housatonic Community College, and Norwalk Community College. The goal of the grant is to accelerate technologies, inventions and startups to create new jobs in Connecticut.

Nominator Justification

Sherri Dente is an IP attorney working in tech transfer as part of a CT next grant match funded primarily by the University of Bridgeport and nominally by Housatonic and Fairfield University. But. Sherri goes above and beyond for any student from any CT school and helps and answers questions on intellectual property and more. She will go and speak for any class anywhere, she will meet students on zoom, she will provide power point presentations, etc. Sherri will never say she can not help.

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