SECURE EXTERNAL INNOVATION AND STARTUP PIPELINE UNIVERSITY GAP FUND AND ACCELERATOR SUMMIT

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA | JULY 18-19, 2019

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A new way to position your company to access innovation

119 

Active University Funds/Accelerator Programs 

$387M

Program $s Invested Into Tech/Startups

$4.2B

In First, Follow-on from Corporations and Investors 

1,535

New Startups And Proof of Concept Projects

CONNECT WITH EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP FROM THESE REGISTERED PROGRAMS  

Boston Children's Hospital Ventures Cincinnati Children's Hospital Innovation Ventures/Accelerator City of Hope National Cancer Center Pharma/Biotech Research Business Development Emory University Biomedical Catalyst George Washington University Technology Commercialization Houston Methodist Hospital Venture Fund HubTec Chile James Madison University Technology Innovation Medical College of Wisconsin Technology Development Ohio State University Venture Capital and New Ventures Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Saint Louis University Academic Venture Exchange Tulane University Engage Tulane University of Arizona TechLaunch Arizona Asset Development University of Connecticut Venture Development University of Delaware Horn Proof of Concept Program University of Georgia Innovation Gateway University of Kentucky Co.Create University of Louisville EXCITE University of Maryland Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research University of Maryland Venture Development University of Michigan Venture Center University of Nebraska UNeTech University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Kickstart Ventures University of North Carolina-Greensboro LaunchUNCG University of Pittsburgh Innovation Institute University of Tokyo Research Works University of Utah Seed and Venture Fund University of Virginia Darden Startup Incubator University of Virginia LVG Seed Fund Virginia Commonwealth University New Ventures Wake Forest University Wake Forest Innovations Worcester Polytechnic Institute Accelerator Fund

What is COvergence?

A DEDICATED GATHERING OF THOSE INTERESTED IN DEVELOPING AND COLLABORATING WITH UNIVERSITY TECH AND STARTUP 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.

Innovative Companies 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 startups

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

What is the value of attending COvergence?

One place. Access 40+ Research University Programs

  • Fill pipeline of technology/startups to fit into your innovation roadmap for both current and next-gen product categories
  • Provide an external check against alternative approaches to solving tech challenges—as a compliment to other internal projects
  • "Try before you buy" vs "wait, pray, and pay" approach to innovation through POC projects and startup accelerators  
  • Lock out competitors by pursuing technology upstream  
  • Gain thought-provoking insights through dialogue between university inventors and company engineers  
  • Access future talented engineering and business employees  


Did you know: In a recent Forrester report on corporate innovation, 53% of nearly 7,000 companies surveyed listed investing in emerging technology as their top innovation priority. Of those, half have active initiatives to explore external/open innovation partnerships

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. 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.

Thursday, July 18th, 2019:

8-11AM: Need-to-Know Gap Fund/Accelerator Program Showcases Get an overview of 30+ leading university accelerator and fund programs and structures

11AM-12PM: Let's Collaborate: Investor and Corporate Gap Fund/Accelerator Interest Areas Present your needs and interest areas to participating university programs 

12-1PM: Lunch and Learn

1-3PM: Rotating Focus Groups by Program Type Breakout with corporate peers to understand how they are structuring and managing their external scouting and collaboration operations

  • 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 Interactive discussion between participating university programs, corporate, and venture participants to address opportunites to collaborate on future tech and startups

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

12-3PM: Informal Friday Funday For those that can stick around, we will bounce around  

 

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

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VENUE/HOTEL 

Venue 

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

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Suggested Hotel Options  

Conference Hotel: University of Virginia Inn @ Darden (attached to venue facility, reference “UVA Licensing & Ventures Group”)  

Call (434) 297-7384  

Alternate Hotels: The Residence Inn by Marriott Charlottesville (0.8m) (434) 923-0300  

The Graduate (1.9m) (434) 295-4333