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U of Louisville creates new office to support university-based tech startups


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: September 15th, 2021

The University of Louisville (UofL) is launching a new office to help nourish start-ups based on university research and technologies.

UofL New Ventures will provide mentorship, funding opportunities, and more to help start-up founders bring the university’s innovations from the lab to the marketplace.

“UofL already has a long track record of success in getting its research out into the world as new products, therapies, businesses, educational platforms, creative pieces and other works that can save and improve lives,” says Kevin Gardner, executive vice president for research and innovation at UofL. “The creation of this new office ultimately will lead to even greater societal impact of UofL research and the technologies and start-ups it generates.”

UofL New Ventures will work closely with the Commercialization EPI-Center, which manages UofL’s intellectual property licensing, to connect university research and technologies with potential start-up founders. The new office will also oversee the university’s Entrepreneurs-In-Residence program and help manage LEAP, a program to support regional start-up development, in partnership with the Louisville Healthcare CEO Council.

“We’ve had a lot of success and built momentum with these efforts to spur entrepreneurship and innovation on our campus and beyond,” says Will Metcalf, head of UofL New Ventures and co-founder of the LEAP program. “With this new office, we are bringing several of our efforts together to accelerate that momentum, creating meaningful impact through translational research, innovation, entrepreneurship and economic development.”

Source: U of L News

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