THE UNIVERSITY GAP FUND AND ACCELERATOR SUMMIT

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA | JULY 18-19, 2019

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REGISTER HERE | Only 77 Seats Available!

BRIDGING THE TECH/STARTUP VALLEY OF DEATH

WHAT IS COVERGENCE?  

A DEDICATED GATHERING OF THOSE INTERESTED IN DEVELOPING AND COLLABORATING WITH UNIVERSITY TECH AND START-UP GAP FUND AND ACCELERATOR PROGRAMS 

The lack of true early-stage capital and innovation developmental support is a major challenge in advancing promising university technology from the lab to commercial and investment partners. 

Research institutions are leading through the implementation of university gap funding (proof of concept, startup, venture) and accelerator programs to bridge this "valley of death". Over the past 15 years, these programs have evolved into sophisticated investment, evaluation, development, and commercialization support mechanisms to nuture the most promising opportunities in emerging, high-growth technology areas.

Smart companies and investors are taking notice and making it a strategic, external innovation priority to partner with these university gap fund and accelerator programs through applied research, proof of concept projects, corporate venture investments, and advisory/mentorship in return for insights, competitive positioning, and access to future technology and start-ups.

COvergence is where we meet, learn, and talk about what we can do together to catalyze innovation through university gap fund and accelerator programs.  

EVENT DETAILS

COvergence 2019 will be held on July 18-19, 2019 in the beautiful and historic city of Charlottesville, VA. Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and home to the University of Virginia, this town was recently named one of the fastest-growing venture capital ecosystems in the U.S. by the National Venture Capital Association. Look forward to lively discussion in the incubator space of our host, the UVA Licensing & Ventures Group.

RIGHT PEOPLE

University POC/startup, industry, investor leadership converge to connect with emerging IP, proof of concept projects and startups; share and learn about early stage innovation trends and collaboration practices.

RIGHT SIZE

Exclusive event. 150 people or less. Only doers interested in this space, no fillers.

RIGHT SPACE

Connect. Learn. Share common interests. Creative venues and balance of content and relationship-building. Increase random interactions and knowledge exchange.

Thursday, July 18th, 2019:

8-11AM: Need-to-Know Gap Fund/Accelerator Program Showcases Participating program managers will take an organized and rapid approach to relaying detailed overviews of their processes, structures, and lessons-learned

11AM-12PM: Let's Collaborate: Investor and Corporate Gap Fund/Accelerator Interest Areas More than ever, corporations and investors are using gap fund/accelerator programs to engage university tech and startups. Find out how they are structured to work with these programs, and what they are interested in now! 

12-1PM: Lunch and Learn: Keynote to be announced publicly soon!

1-3PM: Rotating Focus Groups by Program Type Breakouts by program type and interest areas. A great opportunity to bounce around and build connections with others that are interested in the more nuianced challenges with gap fund and accelerator programs

  • University Proof of Concept Programs
  • University Start-up/Venture Investment Funds
  • Public/State Programs for Economic Growth
  • Foundations/Donors as "Investors"
  • Corporate External Collaboration Models
  • Venture and Angel Investment Approaches  

3-5PM: Guided Large Group Challenge Discussion Large group interaction to address broader challenges, capture the day's discussions, and to share opportunities and resources moving forward

6-8PM: The Happiest of Hours: University, Industry, Investor Mixer

4 Hours of Open Networking Time Throughout the Day

Friday, July 19th, 2019:

8-11AM: Best-in-Class Demonstrations related to Process and Tactics Experts and panels will do walkthroughs/how-tos on approaching some of the most fundamental and challenging components of gap fund and accelerator programs

  • Pitching New/Expanded Program to Stakeholders  
  • Encouraging and Managing Inventor Involvement 
  • Evaluating Projects/Startups for Funding
  • Building an External Advisory Board
  • Oversight and Tracking of Projects/Investment  

Adjourn official COvergence Event

12-5PM: Building Relationships by way of a Central Virginia Wine & Brewery Tour/Tour & Wine & Monticello (optional)

Participants have the option to sign-up for either excursion during registration

**COvergence participants are encouraged to make a getaway weekend out of the trip and enjoy all that the area has to offer

REGISTER HERE | Only 77 Seats Available!

PAST COVERGENCE PARTICIPANTS

VENUE/HOTEL 

Venue 

Darden School of Business Event Center 100 Darden Blvd, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Suggested Hotel Optons 

University of Virginia Inn @ Darden (attached to venue facility)-15 Rooms Left  

(434) 297-7384

The Residence Inn by Marriott Charlottesville (0.8m)  

 (434) 923-0300

The Graduate (1.9m)  

(434) 295-4333