I have known Noah and his team for almost 3 years. I have watched them work through their PhD studies as a colleague in a nearby laboratory. Noah and I also began our entrepreneurial journey around the same time at Pitt's Startup weekend in 2014. Since that time it has been amazing to see what Noah has accomplished, culminating with the win at the Big Idea competition in 2015. He is coach-able, incredibly intelligent and hard working.
I cannot recommend highly enough Noah Snyder and his team at surfmatters . As director of educational programs at Pitt, I have known Noah for a couple of years, starting from him taking my class on new technology commercialization during the spring of 2014. Noah has what it takes to be an entrepreneur. He is dedicated, passionate, and exhibits an emerging strong leadership style. Noah has done a fantastic job building a team and pivoting the business to a more industrial application (instead of healthcare). I believe in Noah and the team and highly recommend them for programs that will help them get to the next level.
I had the chance of working with the team Surf-Matters on several occasions. The team has demonstrated focus, dedication, and competence working on a high-potential platform technology. They conducted fundamental de-risking activities including, a need validation with global corporate players in the field of advance coatings, a deep technical validation using industry standards, and a thorough competitive landscape analysis. I strongly support the team application to the F6S program.
As director of the University of Pittsburgh's office focused on new company development and the general manager of past new ventures I have seen many early stage opportunities. Surf Matters is one of the strongest teams I have had the pleasure of working with not only based on the underlying technology but mainly due to the quality of the participating individuals. I would highly recommend Surf Matters to the F6S startup program and am certain they will be successful.
Surf-Matters is an exceptional team, with a strong technology that is focused on a large market opportunity. I have worked with this team and watched them progress their business and gain important business model insights through customer discovery. They are taking all the right steps.