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Technology Transfer Tactics, March 2019 Issue

Technology Transfer Tactics, March 2019 IssueThe following is a list of the articles that appear in the March 2019 issue of Technology Transfer Tactics monthly newsletter. If you are already a current subscriber click here to log in and access your issue. Not a subscriber already? Subscribe now and get access to this issue as well as access to our online archive of back issues, industry research reports, sample MTAs, legal opinions, sample forms and contracts, government documents and more!

Technology Transfer Tactics
Vol. 13, No. 3, March 2019

  • When worlds collide: Help ensure a tight fit between start-up CEOs and faculty founders. Given the dearth of entrepreneurial talent in many locations outside of major tech ecosystems, finding an experienced veteran who is capable and willing to take a technology-based start-up forward is a difficult task. Indeed, the folks in charge of new ventures at universities are typically thrilled to land a candidate with the requisite business skills, technical expertise, and network to attract investors and ultimately make a splash in the marketplace.
  • Board seats can pose dilemmas for university start-ups, TTO leaders. A start-up’s board of directors can be enormously influential in driving the company forward and improving the likelihood of success, so questions related to the makeup of that board are no small matter. University leaders understandably feel like they have a stake in the success or failure of the start-up, so the inclination often is to have someone on the board representing the school.
  • Heard in the Halls: AUTM 2019. The 2019 edition in Austin, TX, was another outstanding year for AUTM’s annual meeting, with nearly 2,000 attendees and the usual complement of practical workshops and sessions. We’ll be featuring in-depth coverage of several of those sessions in coming issues, but in the meantime we’ve gathered our annual collection of short takes and ideas gleaned from attendees and speakers during the event.
  • Incubator makes shift from grant-sponsored program to post-money SAFEs. Velocity, The University of Waterloo’s (Ontario) start-up incubator, is introducing a major change in the way it will be funding its pitch competitions.
  • Alumshares makes investing in start-ups more accessible. A Raleigh, NC, native with a background in real estate is shaking up the way university TTOs are finding funding for university start-ups and other commercialization efforts.
  • University start-ups gain global reach without leaving home. Start-up companies that want to do business internationally often find themselves in a Catch-22. They know they must build contacts in overseas markets, but they don’t have time or money to travel the world. Yet strong international contacts could be the fuel that pushes some start-ups over the edge to long-term success.

Posted March 19th, 2019