Do you have a groundbreaking idea that could make a difference in patients’ lives, but need guidance on a successful path to make that idea a reality?

The Aikens Innovation Academy is a program designed to create, nurture, and support a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship through education and mentorship customized for Frankel Cardiovascular Center faculty, staff, and trainees. The Academy is designed to support both clinical value and entrepreneurial innovations.

The program offers a unique set of educational and project development activities for all cardiovascular innovators, including:

• Clinical and research faculty
• Clinical, research, and administrative staff
• House staff, trainees, and medical students
• Nurses, technicians, and other FCVC staff

In this exclusive program, you’ll receive…

• In-depth education on innovation, including communicating value to stakeholders and how to pitch your idea for resources
• An opportunity to develop innovative biomedical technologies, as well as impact clinical technologies and processes
• Guidance on your implementation strategy and business case
• Connections to relevant stakeholders, including departmental and university resources, industry, and investors
• Mentorship from seasoned innovators
• …and more!

Don’t have an idea? That’s okay, it’s not required! You’re welcome to attend and learn about the innovation process. The program will help you match with a project team of like-minded innovators and an innovative technology.

The Virtual 2024 Winter/Spring Aikens Innovation Academy Will Begin in January 2024. 

Enrollment is currently open. Click the button below or contact Ashley Schork ( if you would like additional information about the program or to be notified for future enrollment.

Contact Ashley Schork, FCVC Innovation Program Manager, at to arrange a consultation about your idea and learn about education, funding, and mentorship opportunities. Visit the FCVC Innovation Program site for other innovation resources for the FCVC.

This customized program is a collaboration between the Frankel Cardiovascular Center and FFMI.


Contact Ashley Schork at

August 8, 2023