15 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.
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.
The Mind the Gap Report 2020 is a first-of-its-kind development guide for current and aspiring university gap fund managers that details 141 active translational research, proof of concept, startup, and venture gap fund and accelerator programs at 84 universities and affiliated organizations.
ANALYZING EARLY STAGE CAPITAL LANDSCAPE
Detailed assessment traditional and emerging forms of early stage capital (VC, angel, public/private funds, accelerators, and crowdfunding) relative to gap funding
RAISING AND SUSTAINING GAP FUNDS
Actionable strategies for raising/ initiating funds and future plans for sustainability based on full review of current funding sources
DELIVERING IMPACT FROM GAP FUNDS
Demonstrate specific impact and results of gap funding, including financial returns (ROI, leveraged capital), process indicators, economic development measures, and community engagement metrics
MODELING THE GAP FUNDNG PROCESS
Design framework for a full four-step gap funding process from promotion to funding selection and evaluation to management and oversight
CULTIVATING ACCELERATOR SUPPORT PROGRAMS
Highlighting innovative support programs that are associated with gap funds that build an innovative community of students, faculty, and mentors
INTERVIEWS WITH GAP FUND PROGRAM LEADERS
Insights into operations and lessons learned directly from those that manage leading gap fund and accelerator programs
OVER 60 CHARTS, FIGURES, AND DIAGRAMS
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 the Report.
The Mind the Gap Report is intended for the following audiences:
Consultants and Service Providers, please contact us for pricing options
This is for programs or partners that want to use the Report as a resource as they build and assess their current or future gap fund/accelerator program or partnership model.
The Report +
additional access to powerpoint ready charts/figures, and recorded workshops
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: