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A Gathering of University Gap Funds and Accelerators | Industry | Investors

UNIVERSITY REGISTER HERE
INDUSTRY/INVESTOR REGISTER HERE

Conversation that leads to collaboration

Conversation

1:30-5:00PM

University POC/startup/venture gap fund and accelerator summit

A full afternoon best practice summit for current and aspiring university-affiliated gap fund and accelerator programs, and those corporations and investors looking to tap in for insights and future innovation.

  • We will do a rapid showcase of university gap fund and accelerator program structures and a breakout to discuss current challenges.
  • Industry/Investor participants will have the option to talk about their approach to university partnerships and interest areas
  • Conversation will be supplemented with data from the new Mind the Gap Report, containing insights and metrics from 119 funds from 75 research institutions. The Report will be publicly released at Summit and participants will receive access.

Topic areas:

  • Source and sustainability
  • Program and process tactics
  • Support programs, mentorship, and advisory boards
  • Impact measures

Breaks for refreshments and networking!

Collaboration

5:30-8:00 PM

University-Industry-Investor Collaboration Reception

A primary goal of this event is to bring together university-industry-investors to discuss opportunities for collaborations, especially through existing university gap funds and accelerator programs. No better place to start than a rooftop in July!

We will briefly use a specialized format to insure that everyone has an opportunity to meet. Industry and Investor groups will be actively intermingled with participating universities by tech interest areas.

Then we will toss any format and just mingle! This will be a concentrated group of global tech and startup leadership interested in jump-starting collaborations.

Drink and food served.

Reports and Takeaways

Co-invest Report

All attending research institutions will have the opportunity to submit active proof of concept projects and startups seeking capital, mentorship, or advisory support. This report and a link to a deeper database of opportunities will be available at the event.

Our hope is that industry and investor partners use this information both at the event and following to initiate partnerships.

Release of Mind the Gap Report

Public release and review of new best practice study of 119 gap fund programs at 75 research institutions. Report covers:

  • Raising and sustaining funds
  • Process management and tactics
  • Accelerator and support programs
  • Impact and ROI

All participants will receive access to full report.

Registered Participants

Lead Supporter:

University Programs

REGISTER HERE

Registration opened 5/15

Sponsors

  • University of Arizona/Asset Development Fund
  • University of Minnesota/Venture Center
  • NEW: University of New Mexico/STC.UNM
  • University of Virginia/Seed Fund
  • University of Wisconsin WARF/ Accelerator Fund
  • Wayne State University/Warrior Fund
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute/Venture Fund

University Participant

  • Ariel University/Ariel Scientific Innovations (Israel)
  • Houston Methodist Hospital/Venture Fund
  • Iowa State University/Research Innovation Fund
  • LA BioMed/UCLA Incubator
  • Louisiana State University/LIFT2 Fund
  • Oregon Health and Science University/Biomedical Innovation Pilot Program
  • St. Louis University/Research Innovation Group
  • NEW: Tulane School of Medicine
  • NEW: University of Nebraska Medical Center/UNeMed POC Program
  • NEW: University of Notre Dame/IDEA Center
  • NEW: University of Washington/CoMotion

State Agency Participant

Industry

Register Here

Registration opened 5/22

Sponsors

Research and Innovation

Participant


NEW: Research/BD

NEW: R&D

TR Labs

Investor

Register Here

Registration opened 5/22

Sponsors

UBS Financial Services

Participant

NEW: New Orleans BioFund

+ New: 2 Family Offices seeking alternative investments
+ New: 10 Angels actively investing in early-stage startups

Participant Sample from the recent COvergence Chicago

Logistics and Transportation

Airport: MSP (Minneapolis-St.Paul International Airport)
Airport is a 15 minute Uber, Lyft, or cab ride to the event/hotel area

Hotels: There is a large density of hotels around the Barnes & Thornburg event location.

Three suggestions (marked on map):

The Kipton Grand Hotel (in event tower)

The Hotel Minneapolis (2 blocks from event)

The Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel (5 blocks from event, location for those at AUTM Central Meeting) 

Other Notes:

  • Best practice event will take place at Barnes & Thornburg, LLC offices in Capella Tower. Please arrive 15 min early with ticket/photo id to clear security
  • Snacks/refreshments covered at best practice event, Drinks and food covered at reception