Updated 2022 Report Release

Release MID JULY

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The University Tech/Startup Valley of Death is Real

Find out what universities are doing about it

17 Years of experience and data to support the development of and partnership with university translational research, proof of concept, startup, and venture gap fund and accelerator programs.

Universities bridge the gap with gap fund and accelerator programs.

The innovation system that transitions breakthroughs in research from the lab into the marketplace is constrained by the lack of available early-stage capital and development support. This “gap” extends from where the government funding of basic research ends to where existing companies or investors are willing to accept the risk to commercialize or invest in the technology or startup. The negative result is that a large portion of economic creation and commercial potential is left unrealized because it isn’t funded and supported.

This shortage of early-stage development capital and support must be recognized and addressed as a serious threat to future innovation and associated societal benefits. Left without a solution, many promising technologies and startups will stall or struggle to develop on a path of least resistance towards a sub-optimal end.

To address this challenge, research institutions and partners have created technology and startup gap funding and accelerator support programs as a capital and innovation support mechanism. These programs are uniquely positioned to address critical elements of technology development and startup formation from research institutions.

Smart companies and investors are taking notice and making it a strategic, external innovation and investment priority to partner with these university gap fund and accelerator programs through applied research, proof of concept projects, corporate venture investments, and advisory/mentorship. In return, they benefit from insights, competitive positioning, and access to future technology and start-ups.

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Inside the Mind the Gap Report

The Mind the Gap Report 2022 is the development guide for current and aspiring university gap fund managers that details 176 active translational research, proof of concept, startup, and venture gap fund and accelerator programs at 97 universities, hospitals, labs, and affiliated organizations.

ANALYZING EARLY STAGE CAPITAL LANDSCAPE

Assessment traditional and emerging forms of early stage capital, including venture capital, angel investment, public funds, private accelerators and where this critical gap funding fits and supports tech and startup development

RAISING AND SUSTAINING GAP FUNDS

Actionable strategies for structuring, raising, and sustaining program funds including an analysis of university re-investment, philanthropic avenues, and public and private sources

DELIVERING IMPACT FROM GAP FUNDS

Demonstrates specific methods to measure and report impact backed by outcomes, including funding activity and commercialization benchmarks, economic development and job creations, outside capital attraction, and return on investment

MODELING THE GAP FUNDNG PROCESS

Operational framework for a full four-step gap funding process including communicating the program, diligence and evaluation of opportunities, funding and establishing milestones, and management and oversight

CULTIVATING TECH AND STARTUP SUPPORT PROGRAMS

Highlighting innovative support approaches including advisory boards, mentorship, opportunity development, space, and others that encourage asset and startup development and engage students, faculty, mentors, and commercial and investment partners

OVER 50 CHARTS, FIGURES, AND DIAGRAMS IN REPORT AND INDIVIDUALLY DOWNLOADABLE

A tool to support your program.

The Mind the Gap Report was written to save program managers and partners time and resources. No need to start from scratch, to commission your own benchmarking effort, or to build the case for stakeholders and leadership.

IT'S ALL IN THIS REPORT.

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The Mind the Gap Report is intended for the following audiences:

Consultants and Service Providers, please contact us for pricing options

The Report

This option is meant for those that are designing/building buy-in for a new or assessing/evolving an existing gap fund/accelerator program or partnership models. This is the foundational source for data, best practices, and pooled experience.
$ 299 Starting at
  • Organizational License to Full MTG 2022 Report
  • Access to online database of Report's 50+ figures/charts for use internal proposals, presentations, and reports

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The Fund Manager Package

For leaders that, backed with the updated Report, want to take it one step further and engage directly with and learn from other global GAP program leaders at the COVERGENCE 2022 Summit.
$ 499 Starting at
  • The Report Package
  • Single registration to our COVERGENCE 22 Summit Oct 20-21st in Salt Lake City, UT

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Join the GAP Community of Action

The GAP Community of Action is a community of practice/accelerator for university gap fund/ accelerator leaders that work together to share tactics, advocate for the community, and connect to corporate/investment partners
$ 1500 Annual Starting Price
  • Fund Manager Package
  • 8-10 New Model Review and Tactical Web-workshops/yr
  • BRIDGE Industry POC program + Corporate/Investor Meet-ups
  • Web-workshop archive of all 35+ recorded best practice discussions and materials
  • Member Process and Partnering Working Groups
  • COA Member Site for archive of community knowledge and member-member communication tools
  • Process Documents Library
  • Mind the Gap Report custom reporting tools
  • And More...

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