Brigham Young University
Centre for Addiction & Mental Health
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Center
City of Hope Hospital
East Carolina University
Henkel Tech Ventures
Houston Methodist Hospital
Medical University of South Carolina
North Carolina State University
Ohio State University
Oregon Health & Science University
Puerto Rico Science, Technology, and Research Trust
Revelry Venture Partners
Saint Louis University
University Health Network
University of Arizona
University of California-Davis
University of Connecticut
University of Georgia
University of Malta
University of Manitoba
University of Miami
University of Minnesota
University of Mississippi
University of Nebraska-Med Center
University of New Mexico
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of Notre Dame
University of Pittsburgh
University of Tartu
University of Texas Health Science Center
University of Texas Southwestern Medical
University of Utah
University of Virginia
University of Western Ontario
University of Wisconsin-WARF
Washington University of St. Louis
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
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 nurture the most promising opportunities in emerging, high-growth technology areas.
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 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.
University POC/startup/venture, industry, and investor leadership converge to connect those interested in developing and accessing emerging IP, proof of concept projects, and startups through gap funds/accelerator programs; share and learn about early stage innovation trends and collaboration practices.
We all know that oversubscribed events lead to many hit-miss, high-level exchanges. Our strategy is to go targeted to allow everyone to meet and forge foundational relationships. We do this by making sure that we are inviting the right people to fill those seats.
Connect. Learn. Share common interests. Online platform and balance of content and relationship-building. Increase random interactions and knowledge exchange.
10-10:30AM CT: Welcome/The Gap Fund/Accelerator Landscape Review from new Mind the Gap 2021 Report data
10:30AM-2PM : Need-to-Know Gap Fund/Accelerator Program Discussion Panels:
Leaders of proof of concept, startup, and venture university gap funds/accelerator programs will take the stage to moderate an all-participant open discussion on models, approaches, and common challenges.
Prior to the event participants can provide a formatted model review of their processes, structures, impact, and lessons-learned. These will be shared through the conference website
10:30-11:30AM: Proof of Concept/Asset Development Programs
Discussion lead by Notre Dame, Ohio State, Rutgers, and Tech Launch AZ
Walter Isaacson, Characteristics of Successful Innovators and Innovative Organizations
1-2PM: Startup Accelerator Programs/University Venture Funds
Discussion lead by Carolina Kickstart, Indiana U, U Virginia, and U Utah
2PM-4:30PM: Common Challenge Breakouts
Breakout rooms by program type and interest areas. A great opportunity to bounce around and build connections with others that are interested in the more nuanced challenges with gap fund and accelerator programs. Then we come back together for a debrief and sharing of solutions and opportunities.
5:30PM: The Happiest of Hours
Food, Drinks, and Conversation on a Troubadour Hotel rooftop overlooking the French Quarter. An in-person mixer. Yes, please!
10-11AM CT: Corporate Innovation
Corporate Innovation and Venture teams are beginning to look past traditional partnership models (research projects, marketed licenses, etc.) to more alignment with existing programs in the university commercialization process, like gap fund and accelerator programs. The presenters/panelists will share their historical approaches, areas of interest, and opportunities for syncing with university technologies and startups.
11-12PM: Venture Capital + Angel
Venture and angel models have evolved in recent years in ways that have opened up avenues for earlier stage investment and collaboration. Learn about emerging valuation tactics, fundraising strategies, and how these sources of investment, experience, and relationships can tie into your gap fund/accelerator process and goals.
12-1PM Luncheon (Keynote: Trivia Fraizer)
1-3PM 3x 30 Min Tactical Reviews
Practitioners share their approaches to addressing common program interests
3:30-4PM: Wrap-up, Learned Lessons, and Adjourn
Walter Isaacson is an American author, journalist, and professor. He has been the President and CEO of the Aspen Institute, chair and CEO of CNN, and the editor of Time.
Mr. Isaacson will share characteristics of successful innovators and innovative organizations from his breadth of experience through research and writing about Steve Jobs, Jennifer Doudna, and other prolific innovators.
Dr. Trivia Frazier is an Entrepreneur, Researcher, and Business Professional with over 10 years of experience in the fields of stem cell research, tissue engineering, and regenerative medicine.
Dr. Frazier is currently the CEO and president of Obatala Sciences, a biotech firm whose "fat-on-a-chip" technology facilitates faster testing for new drugs than traditional methods
Dr. Frazier will share her experiences and challenges in scaling from a startup company in New Orleans
The Troubadour Hotel New Orleans
The Troubadour Hotel, nestled in New Orleans’ burgeoning Central Business District, is a contemporary boutique hotel just blocks from the theater district and the charming French Quarter and the BioInnovation Center (conference venue).
We have negotiated a discounted rate for COVERGENCE attendees. Mention "innovosource COVERGENCE" for negotiated rate: