The lack of true early-stage capital and innovation developmental support is a major challenge in advancing promising university technology from the lab to commercial and investment partners.
Research institutions are leading through the implementation of university gap funding (proof of concept, startup, venture) and accelerator programs to bridge this "valley of death". Over the past 15 years, these programs have evolved into sophisticated investment, evaluation, development, and commercialization support mechanisms to nuture the most promising opportunities in emerging, high-growth technology areas.
Smart companies and investors are taking notice and making it a strategic, external innovation 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 for insights, competitive positioning, and access to future technology and start-ups.
COvergence is where we meet, learn, and talk about what we can do together to catalyze innovation through university gap fund and accelerator programs.
“COVERGENCE was a great conference to learn more about the complexities of gap funding at Universities, from grants to venture. Great topics, networking, and even a little bit of fun thrown in.”
“COVERGENCE was a fantastic opportunity to engage with others involved in startup formation and success! Thank you, innovosource!”
“COVERGENCE was worth the intercontinental travel. With a high concentration of experts, entrepreneurs and investors, it really was an eye-opening experience.”
“COVERGENCE was a great opportunity for a small program like ours to compare notes with more established, larger programs to compare best practices.”
“Excellent meeting to tap into current best practices in university gap/seed funds. Well worth the time.”
“Great opportunity and format to go deep on topics and best practices of interest and importance to universities supporting startups!”
“COVERGENCEoffers insight into a niche industry that the corporate and investment worlds are neglecting. There is a huge opportunity for collaboration and partnership to help university-founded startups scale their businesses.”
“Great organization and assistance.”
“Thanks for having us! we are definitely coming again next year.”
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COvergence 2020 will be held in the vibrant city of New Orleans, NO
University POC/startup, industry, investor leadership converge to connect with emerging IP, proof of concept projects and startups; share and learn about early stage innovation trends and collaboration practices.
125 people or less. We all know that large events lead to many hit-miss, high-level exchanges. Our strategy is to go small to allow everyone to meet and forge foundational relationships. We do this by setting a limit and making sure that we are inviting the right people to fill those seats.
Connect. Learn. Share common interests. Creative venues and balance of content and relationship-building. Increase random interactions and knowledge exchange.