CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA | JULY 18-19, 2019
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.
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
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
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
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
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
The Residence Inn by Marriott Charlottesville (0.8m)
The Graduate (1.9m)