October 18-20 | Tucson, AZ

The Research Institution GAP Fund and Accelerator Program Summit

University Crowdfunding Model Review 1

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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


Crowdfunding is an emerging investment vehicle that may be better positioned to support the capital requirements of translational research, proof of concept projects, and early-stage start-ups than more traditional capital sources, like venture capital and angel investment. This 90-minute discussion will introduce you to university crowdfunding policy implications and two, operational university crowdfunding platforms


  • David Drake, The Soho Loft
  • Richard Glaser, innovocracy.org
  • Natasha Chopp, Michigan Tech University

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Key Discussion Points

  • Overview of the entire JOBS Act
  • Focused detail on the specific crowfunding implications
  • Discussion on the implications for university-affiliated technology and start-up gap funding
  • Case studies from Innovacracy (external platform) and Michigan Tech Superior Ideas (internally-managed platform) that share university crowdfunding experiences, challenges, and successes

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