THE UNIVERSITY GAP FUND AND ACCELERATOR SUMMIT

COVERGENCE



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BRIDGING THE TECH/STARTUP VALLEY OF DEATH

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

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WHAT 2019 ATTENDEES SAID

COVERGENCE was a great conference to learn more about the complexities of gap funding at Universities, from grants to venture. Great topics, networking, and even a little bit of fun thrown in.”  

COVERGENCE was a fantastic opportunity to engage with others involved in startup formation and success! Thank you, innovosource!”  

COVERGENCE was worth the intercontinental travel. With a high concentration of experts, entrepreneurs and investors, it really was an eye-opening experience.”  

COVERGENCE was a great opportunity for a small program like ours to compare notes with more established, larger programs to compare best practices.”  

“Excellent meeting to tap into current best practices in university gap/seed funds. Well worth the time.”  

“Great opportunity and format to go deep on topics and best practices of interest and importance to universities supporting startups!”  

COVERGENCEoffers insight into a niche industry that the corporate and investment worlds are neglecting. There is a huge opportunity for collaboration and partnership to help university-founded startups scale their businesses.”  

“Great organization and assistance.”  

“Thanks for having us! we are definitely coming again next year.”  

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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.  

COVERGENCE FORMAT

COvergence 2019 was 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. 100 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.