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Technology Transfer Tactics, January 2022

The following is a list of the articles that appear in the January 2022 issue of Technology Transfer Tactics monthly newsletter.

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Technology Transfer Tactics
Vol. 16, No. 1, January 2022

  • As rules improve, TTOs may want to take another look at crowdfunding their start-ups. Equity crowdfunding first emerged as an option for start-ups when the SEC permitted this form of online fundraising in 2016, but university tech transfer programs and their start-ups have not pursued the option with much fervor. That could change now that the limit on crowdfunding amounts has been increased, and as start-ups report success with crowdfunding not just as a way to draw in cash, but as a bridge to investors who can more directly invest in the company later on.
  • TTOs share new resolutions and revisit old ones for 2022. As the New Year ticked by, TTT spoke with a handful of tech transfer leaders about their resolutions and strategic goals for 2022, and we also checked in with several we interviewed in 2020 to see how they’ve done in the intervening years, and what’s changed about their plans and wishes. Here’s what they had to say.
  • Columbia program takes in non-university ventures to boost impact, grow ecosystem. A new program at Columbia University is calling on the resources of its technology transfer office and others across the university to help launch promising start-ups from outside the university and tap into the school’s considerable expertise in venture creation, as well as its specialized research equipment.
  • UC Riverside’s “Angel Summit” works to build out the local investor ecosystem. Situated on about 1,200 acres on the eastern edge of its namesake city, Riverside is one of the 10 campuses of the University of California system, which combined represents one of the biggest tech transfer operations in the world. However, one thing it has lacked is local angel investors.
  • “Commercialization Counselor” aims to foster innovation culture. Typically, a faculty member would start interacting with their technology transfer office when they have an invention ready for disclosure. But depending on the faculty member’s awareness of the commercialization process and the TTO itself, their first contact may be too early, too late, or just right. It’s that “too late” possibility that presents real problems.

Posted January 17th, 2022