Excerpts from Mind the Gap Report

OCTOBER 20-21st | SALT LAKE CITY, UT

For anyone interested in University-affiliated translational research, proof of concept, and startup gap funding and accelerators. The report below contains 60 pages from the most recent Mind the Gap Report. This excerpt was composed to assist in your own program planning and as an educational piece for your stakeholders.

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Report Description

51

Research Institutions
 

82

Gap Funds
 

300

Million ($) Invested
 

4

Billion ($) Returned

What it is

The Mind the Gap Report is a program development guide for current and aspiring technology and start-up gap fund managers that:

  • investigates 82 active translational research, proof of concept, and seed investment funds from 51 universities and affiliated organizations
  • establishes the need for gap funding and its positioning in the new early-stage capital continuum
  • demonstrates the impact of this funding approach for ROI, capital attraction, economic development, job creation, and innovation community development
 

Who it’s for

Fund managers, stakeholders, and partners at:

  • Research universities and labs
  • Tech-based economic development initiatives
  • Incubators, accelerators, and research parks
  • Corporate venture and acquisition groups
  • Angel and venture investors
  • Policy-makers and international governments

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

What’s Inside

Focus Areas  
Emerging model for early stage capital
  • Detailed assessment traditional and emerging forms of early stage capital (VC, angel, public/private funds, accelerators, and crowdfunding)
  • Introduction of an updated capital model that positions gap funding within this landscape and it’s vital role in commercializing technology
Modeling the Gap Funding Process
  • Segmentation and evaluation of the gap funds into four distinct fund types: translational research, proof of concept, business formation, and business growth
Fund Source and Sustainability Strategies
  • Actionable strategies for raising/initiating funds and future plans for sustainability
Fund Management
  • Detailed fund management structures based on type of organization and fund
  • Sample budgets and resource allocation based on funding objectives
Fund Process
  • Evaluation, selection, and decision-making criteria
  • Advisory board composition
  • Promotion and marketing strategies
Support Programs
  • Highlight support programs that are associated with gap funds that build an innovative community of students, faculty, and mentors
Fund Impact
  • Demonstrate specific impact and results of gap funding, including financial returns (ROI, leveraged capital), process indicators, economic development measures, and community engagement metrics
Success Stories
  • 4000 archived stories that showcase specific fund processes and impacts
   
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