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Create a Funding Ecosystem for University IP and Student and Faculty Startups: New Approaches to Crossing the Valley of Death


By David Schwartz
Published: July 5th, 2018

Almost every early-stage innovation or start-up project formed within a university system experiences a lack of cash at one point or another. This funding gap — aka The Valley of Death — can derail the development of your IP or start-up to the point of starvation and failure. And while the traditional methods of funding such as angel investments and loans remain available, they may be hard to secure and require the business to incur debt or equity dilution that it may not be able to sustain.

At the University of Colorado at Boulder, there is a new wave of innovation and entrepreneurship afoot that has required some outside-the-box thinking to ensure student and faculty projects are given every chance to succeed. By way of microfunds, internal grants, proof of concept, and pre-seed funds — just to name a few of school’s many funding initiatives — CU Boulder is helping its faculty and student entrepreneurs survive the Valley of Death, where far too many end up largely because they couldn’t secure the dollars and other resources needed to gain traction and outside investment.

Tech Transfer Central’s Distance Learning Division has secured a team of presenters from CU Boulder to present this detailed, case study webinar: Create a Funding Ecosystem for University IP and Student and Faculty Startups: New Approaches to Crossing the Valley of Death.

For complete program details or to register, CLICK HERE.

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