October 18-20 | Tucson, AZ

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Crowd the Gap: The University Crowdfunding Report

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October 18-20, 2023 / Tucson, AZ
The annual summit for research institution gap fund and accelerator programs, including proof of concept programs, startup accelerators, and university venture funds

The Story

Report Description

Crowdfunding as an emerging investment vehicle that may be better positioned to support the capital requirements of translational research, proof of concept projects, and early-stage start-ups than more traditional capital sources, like venture capital and angel investment.This report gathers the perspectives, insights, and attitudes from 45 universities as they relate to the adoption and evolution of university crowdfunding on their campuses. It provides an introduction to:

  • Positioning of crowdfunding in the university capital continuum
  • Current perceptions and organizational planning
  • Preferred approach (leveraging existing platform, building in-house, etc.)
  • Barriers to adoption

Who it’s for

This report is intended for use by:

  • current and aspiring crowdfund platform managers
  • external stakeholders and policymakers
  • private investors
  • economic development authorities
  • professional organizations

that seek a detailed program roadmap to guide, develop, and benchmark gap funding programs

What’s Inside

  • Positioning university crowdfunding and pitching to stakeholders
  • Assessing Crowdfunding capital needs for technology and start-ups
  • Overcoming barriers to adoption including: internal coordination, policy considerations, leadership buy-in, attracting project interest, staffing, and securing adequate funding
  • Preferred approaches and alternative platforms
  • Additional resources for university crowdfunding managers

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