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Industry-University Partnerships Through Gap Fund and Accelerator Programs

Virtual Workshop | June 20, 2024

OCTOBER 23-25, 2024 | ATLANTA, GA

The Research Institution GAP Fund and Accelerator Program Summit

A powerful collaborative approach to de-risk and develop technologies and startups

Gap fund and accelerator programs (GAP) are specialized, university-driven initiatives that support the development and commercialization of research institution technologies and startups. These proof-of-concept programs, startup accelerators, and university venture fund programs deploy a unique combination of capital, mentorship, programming, space, and talent to de-risk opportunities and pave the way for potential collaborations with industry partners.

Forward-thinking companies know that innovation is a continuous journey, and understand the importance of seeking fresh perspectives and alternative approaches to stay ahead of the competition. By partnering with research universities and startups, through university GAP initiatives, they can tap into a wealth of knowledge and capabilities that can help them achieve their goals while advancing commercial interests.

In recent years, tech-driven corporations have increasingly embraced formal partnerships with universities through GAP programs. These collaborations, whether organic or directed, foster enduring relationships that yield sustained innovation, talent development, and mutual benefits. By nurturing these connections, both academia and industry can adapt to market trends and remain at the forefront of technological advancements.

Join us as we learn from GAP leaders and industry partners who have achieved remarkable success in industry-university partnering through GAP programming. Discover the strategies and best practices they employed to create mutually beneficial partnerships and advance academic and commercial interests.

What to Expect


Content geared towards the set-up and management of varying university-industry GAP collaborative models and processes


Hear from GAP Leaders and their industry collaborators on lesson-learned in working towards positive outcomes


Conversation with the larger group at the event leads to action and high-quality corporate interactions on campus

Did You Know...?

From its Mind the Gap Report, innovosource found that on average the commercialization rate of graduated GAP projects to be 35% and programs attract nearly $22 of follow-on capital for every $1 GAP funding. This proves that these programs not only nurture commercially-interesting opportunities, but progress them to a point where industry and other partners will engage.


2:00-2:30 PM ET


Level set review of gap fund and accelerator programs from the Mind the Gap Report. Focus on the importance of how industry and universities can align their innovation objectives through GAP program partnerships

2:30-3:30 PM ET

Lab to Market (L2M) Accelerator Network

Dymtro Pokhylko

Director, L2M Accelerator Network

John Wilson

CEO, Innovate Calgary

Fast Forward Medical Innovation

Mike Ranella

Business Development Senior Director

Robin Rasor

AVP, Translation + Commercialization

Who is this program for?

This event is designed for professionals in research institution technology commercialization, gap funding/accelerator programs, corporate relations units, and corporate or startup partners looking to effectively engage in university-industry collaborations. Attendees will gain insights, networking opportunities, and exposure to successful collaborative case studies. Join us to connect, collaborate, and contribute to the transformative power university-industry innovation collaborations through GAP initiatives.

University Commercialization, Venture, and GAP Teams: Learn successful approaches to implement or evolve an industry-university GAP partnership program in your institution.

Industry Partners: Understand how to align your external innovation strategy with research institutions through GAP partnerships to discover and develop technology and startup opportunities.

University Corporate Relations Officers: Whether you are strictly supporting research collaborations with industry or also have a development/advancement role (nearly 40% of GAP program funding comes from philanthropic sources), use this session to understand this powerful avenue to engage more tech-driven corporations on campus.

JUNE 20, 2024

Register Now

Registration is complimentary for Gap Fund and Accelerator Community of Action (GAP COA) member institutions. Members will receive access information in weekly group communication.

Interested in becoming a GAP COA Member?