Welcome to our “secret” page!

We enjoyed meeting you, valued our conversation, and hope to collaborate in the future!

For people we want to work with, we assembled this “secret” web-page to share some past and active reports, workshops, and services in our focus areas:

  • University POC, startup, and venture gap funds/accelerators
  • University-Industry-Investor relationship-building
  • Emerging trends in technology commercialization

Please contact me directly at johnson@innovosource.com, or 612.280.2462 to discuss any of these assets or opportunities moving forward.

Your partner,
Jacob Johnson
Founder, innovosource




University Gap Funding/Accelerator Programs

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The Mind the Gap Report: University Gap Funding and Accelerator Programs [Report]

The Mind the Gap Report is a first-of-its-kind, all-in-one program development guide for current and aspiring gap fund managers that investigates 119 active translational research, proof of concept, startup and venture gap funds and accelerator programs at 75 universities and affiliated organizations.

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Proof of Concept Program/10pt Planning List [Document] Checklist for current and aspiring fund managers to use for discussion in planning a proof of concept program Download

Mind the Gap Summit: Create and Manage a Proof of Concept Gap Fund [Web-workshop]

Startup Gap Funds assist in the formational steps of spin-outs — even prior to becoming a legal entity. This gap fund type could be seen as a startup-focused extension of proof of concept funding that further develops the business application of the technology through market research, product development, business development, management, space, and equipment to attract third party interest and capital

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Join Community of Action [Member Consortium]

Community of Practice and Accelerator for University Gap Fund and Accelerator Managers Membership Overview
Proof of Concept (POC) Support [Consulting Services]
  • Leadership/Stakeholder Info Sessions
  • Custom POC Program Development
  • POC Program Reporting and Benchmarking
  • POC Program Grant Preparation and Submission
Services Overview
COvergence UVA [In-Person Summit] COvergence is an annual summit to convene university gap fund and accelerator programs with industry and investors to share best practices and tactics, to discuss collaboration and investment opportunities. (Next up: University of Virginia/July 18-19th, 2019) Register





University-Industry Innovation Partnerships and Commercialization


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Optimizing University-Industry Relations [Report]

Perspectives from the 102 industry leaders on:

  • Keys to identifying potential university partners
  • Points of entry into the university environment
  • Return on engagement related to R&D and innovation
  • Inhibitors to forming university relationships
  • How companies are structuring themselves to work with universities

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Making the Connection: University-Industry Models [Report] Released in 2007, the Report was the first to identify and describe emerging holistic, decentralized, and philanthropic corporate relations models that are now becoming commonplace at universities  Download

Methods to Measure and Present U-I Impact that Actually Matter [Web-workshop]

This session takes a results-driven approach to measuring and reporting success in university-industry partnerships.

Our expert panel approaches this topic with over 50 years of experience from both the industry- and university-side to better understand the motivations of each and to build programs that deliver value to both

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Pardon the Disruption [Partner Model]

The Pardon the Disruption process builds an actionable network by connecting available university and startup innovation assets to address the challenge and interest areas of leading companies and investors Overview