Matt McCooe 


Connecticut Innovations

Nancy Vorona

VP, Research Investment

Center for Innovative Technology (Virginia)

Marco Rubin

Senior Investment Director

Center for Innovative Technology (Virginia)

Denise Graves

University Relations Director

Michigan Economic Development Corporation

Jacob Johnson 




Over 30 states in the US and countless established and emerging innovation economies across the globe are actively supporting these funding programs. In our most recent survey, over 30% of all gap funding support came from these agencies and initiatives. 

State, regional, and federal governments are a growing source of funding for translational research, proof of concept, and startup funding often in collaboration and support of opportunities stemming from research institutions. These initiatives are motivated by the promise of economic development, and business and talent development/attraction/retention. 

In this Webinar, we take a look into these programs and here from both university-public gap funding partnerships to learn how to develop and expand on these collaborations


Or better yet, sign your entire organization up for the full 10 event summit at a deep discount

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 (recording available) 

November 16th, 2016: Create and Manage a Startup Investment Gap Fund (recording available)

January 18th, 2017: Turn “Friends of the University” into Gap Fund Investors (recording available)

February 22nd, 2017: Secure and Sustain Gap Funding Support from Your State and Region (recording available)

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

innovosource | 2017