Creating and Managing a University Startup Gap Fund
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STARTUP FUNDS MANAGER INSIGHTS
Managing Director, Seed Fund
University of Virginia
Manager, Innovation Fund
University of Chicago
FULL WEB WORKSHOP OVERVIEW
Startup Formation gap funds assist in the formational steps of spin-outs — even prior to becoming a legal entity. This gap fund type could be seen as a startup-focused extension of proof of concept funding that further develops the business application of the technology through market research, product development, business development, management, space, and equipment to attract third party interest and capital
Startup Growth gap funds invest in scaling and growing established spin-outs. Research institutions have created, spun out, or partnered with seed funds and accelerators, both public and private, to fill this void in early stage startup capital and to directly invest in their own startups. Some institutions are even beginning to invest in non-institution startups.
In this session, we will hear from leading fund managers regarding their strategies for:
Raising and sustaining startup funds
Communicating the fund and sourcing startups
Working with faculty/student inventors throughout the process
Evaluating startups for funding/structuring deals
External collaboration with industry, entrepreneurs, and investors as funding sources and advisory support
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The Mind the Gap Web Summit is a practitioner-driven series for those interested in university-affiliated proof of concept and startup gap funding. Through interactive web-based exchanges and associated tools, we are offering this resource for new/tenured fund managers and stakeholders.
All events that have past have been fully recorded and archived for your use.
September 14th, 2016: Create and Manage a Proof of Concept Gap Fund
November 16th, 2016: Create and Manage a Startup Investment Gap Fund
January 18th, 2017: Turn “Friends of the University” into Gap Fund Investors
February 22nd, 2017: Secure and Sustain Gap Funding Support from Your State and Region
April 19th, 2017: Attract External Investors to Gap Funded POC Projects and Startups
June 7th, 2017: Capture and Report Results that Matter to Stakeholders
+ Included with Full Summit: Fund/Program Manager Meetings for Sharing, Networking, and Discussion