New Model Reviews

Summary Event Held 6/18/19 Recap of 90-minute Community of Action Discussion on New Gap Fund/Accelerator Models Experts Tom Murdoch, Innovation Hub, University of Buffalo Joe Runge, UNeTec, University of Nebraska Tim Martin, Innovation Gateway, University of Georgia Additional Materials Download Presentation Deck

Approaches to Marketing and Promoting Gap Fund and Accelerator Programs

Summary Event Held 4/24/19 Recap of 90-minute Community of Action Discussion on Approaches to Marketing and Promoting Gap Fund and Accelerator Programs: Marketing internally and to key stakeholders Methods and Tools to market effectively Marketing benchmarks and activity metrics Experts Denise Graves, MTRAC, Michigan Economic Development Corporation Mark Simonson, MU Innovation, Marquette University Paul Tumarkin, Asset Development […]

COA Partnering: Samsung Innovation

Summary Event Held 11/15/2018 Recap of Community of Action presentation by Samsung Innovation: Discussion of specific initiatives to work with university Details of current interest areas for tech and startups Experts Jake Harrison, Samsung Innovation Additional Materials Download Presentation Deck

Gap Fund Process Tactics/Approaches

Summary Event Held 1/17/19 Recap of 90-minute Community of Action Discussion on Gap Fund Process Approaches/Tactics Communicating the Program Evaluating/Decision-making Approaches Oversight of Funded Projects Talent and External Support Programs Experts Tim Joyce, IDEA Center, University of Notre Dame David Gulley, Parallel18/Puerto Rico STRT The Team, Seed Fund, Ohio State University Taylor Bench, TVC Seed Fund, University of […]

COA Partnering: Correlation Ventures

Correlation Ventures Summary Event Held 2/28/19 Recap of 30-minute Community of Action Discussion with Correlation Ventures: Approach to sourcing and vetting deals Early-stage investments to-date Interest in university startups and technology Experts David Coates, Managing Partner, Correlation Ventures

Gap Fund and Accelerator Process Tactics and Approaches

Summary Event Held 1/17/18 Recap of 90-minute Community of Action Discussion on Gap Fund and Accelerator Program Process Tactics and Approaches: Communicating program to internal and external stakeholders Intake process to receive and consider proposals for funding Evaluation and decision-making scorecards, advisory boards, mentors, external evaluators, etc. Oversight of funded projects/investments, and reporting COA Member […]

Cultivating Gap Fund Support Programs

Summary Gap funds utilize accelerator support programs to assist in the development, evaluation, commercialization, and deployment of associated technologies and startups, and are critical in support of gap funding. These programs directly impact both institutional and community innovation capability by involving students, faculty, staff, entrepreneurs, investors, alumni, and others. This 90-minute discussion will look at […]

Attracting and Collaborating with Sources of Investment/Structuring Investments and Ownership

Summary This 90-minute discussion will look at how university gap funding and accelerator programs are working with external commercialization and investment partners. Additional, we review legal considerations and tactics in forming new spinout entities and maintaining ownership through funding rounds. Experts Steve Tokarz, Cantilever Bruce Zivian, Barnes & Thornburg, LLP Additional Materials Download Presentation Deck

Establishing Common Impact Measures and Reporting to Stakeholders

Event Held 10.12.18 Summary This 90-minute discussion will look how gap fund program monitor, analyze, and report impact to stakeholders. This will include an overview of six different institutional approaches and review outcomes from the Mind the Gap 2018 Report. Experts Greg Keenan, University of Wisconsin-WARF Accelerator Program Todd Keiller , Worcester Polytechnic Institute Denise […]

Evaluating Technology and Startups for Gap Funding

Recap of 90-minute Community of Action Discussion on Evaluating Tech and Startups for Gap Funding:

Detailed presentations on four member program evaluation methods
Tools and tactics for evaluation and advisory boards
Examples of mentorship, education, and showcase programming