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 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.
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.
Exclusive event. 150 people or less. Only doers interested in this space, no fillers.
Connect. Learn. Share common interests. Creative venues and balance of content and relationship-building. Increase random interactions and knowledge exchange.
8AM-12PM: Rapid Showcase
1-3PM: Rotating Focus Groups by Program Type
3-5PM: Guided Group Challenge Discussion
6-8PM: The Happiest of Hours: University, Industry, Investor Mixer
4 Hours of Open Networking Time Throughout the Day
8AM-11AM: Best-in-Class Demonstrations related to process and tactics
12-5PM: Building Relationships by way of a Central Virginia Wine & Brewery Tour (optional)
Discover the birthplace of American wine. We will enjoy the best of central Virginia’s breweries, wineries, distilleries and cideries while creating lasting bonds.