October 18-20 | Tucson, AZ

The Research Institution GAP Fund and Accelerator Program Summit

Evaluating Technology and Startups for Gap Funding

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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


Event Held 12/12/17

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


  • Christina Pellicane, Blue Hen Fund, University of Delaware Horn Center for Entrepreneurship
  • Denise Keeton, GAP Fund, Washington State University
  • Bob Creeden, Seed Fund, University of Virginia
  • Joann MacMaster, Asset Development Program, Tech Launch Arizona

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Key Discussion Points

  • Raising and sustaining POC funds
  • Communicating the fund and sourcing projects
  • Working with faculty/student inventors throughout the process
  • Evaluating projects for funding
  • External collaboration with industry, entrepreneurs, and investors as funding sources and advisory support
  • Oversight and management of funded projects

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