Tech Transfer Central

Angel Fund-University TTO Partnerships: Case Study of the University of New Mexico’s STC.UNM and the New Mexico Angels

Format: On-Demand Video/Transcript, or DVD
Originally presented: June 25, 2015

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Crossing the Valley of Death is much easier with an angel on your shoulder….

Just ask tech transfer leaders at The University of New Mexico’s STC.UNM (STC), who’ve built a unique relationship with the New Mexico Angels that has brought in critical funding for university start-ups and shown the value of supporting the entrepreneurial community for the economic benefit of the entire region.

New Mexico Angels is a group of individual accredited angel investors who pool their resources to invest in early-stage companies. The Angels decided to actively reach out to university and national lab partners to identify promising technology and consider the investment possibilities. The resulting launch of The Start-Up Factory has allowed investors to spread their money around, while producing a larger pool of investment for faculty start-ups.

For STC, the close ties with the investment group means a ready source of funding for a selection of their most promising technologies, and a steady stream of successful companies. Here’s your chance to learn from their success and adapt their partnership model to your own organization:

Angel Fund-University TTO Partnerships:
Case Study of the University of New Mexico’s STC.UNM
and the New Mexico Angels

Technology Transfer Tactics has partnered with Lisa Kuuttila of STC and John Chavez from New Mexico Angels for this case-study style distance learning program. Here’s a quick look at the agenda:

  • The history and evolution of STC’s relationship with the New Mexico Angels
  • How STC piqued the New Mexico Angels’ interest in university technologies
  • How much money New Mexico Angels invest and how those investments are structured
  • Cultivating relationships with Principal Investigators by:
    • Offering learning opportunities regarding market research
    • Preparing PIs for funding pitch presentations
    • How both parties address potential conflicts of interest
  • What types of companies STC is pitching to The Start Up Factory
  • Understand the New Mexico Angels and STC’s financial and management stakes
  • And much more!

Meet your program leaders

Elizabeth J KuuttilaElizabeth (Lisa) J. Kuuttila, CEO & Chief Economic Development Officer, STC.UNM, University of New Mexico. Ms. Kuuttila works with the STC.UNM Board of Directors in developing strategies for implementing STC’s vision to play a vital role in New Mexico’s economic development and to be a leader in technology commercialization. Under her leadership, STC.UNM is substantially growing its program using the Rainforest Model to develop an innovation ecosystem in New Mexico. In 2013, STC.UNM was tasked by the University with implementing its economic development initiatives under Ms. Kuuttila’s leadership.  Ms. Kuuttila has more than 20 years of prior leadership experience in technology commercialization and licensing.

John ChavezJohn Chavez, President, New Mexico Angels; President, Tafoya and Brainerd Partners LLC. Mr. Chavez has been an angel investor since 2003. His portfolio companies that are New Mexico Angels-funded include: Comet Solutions, Holochip, Protein Genomics, Vista Therapuetics, The Retail Planet.Com, The TeaSpot, New Mexico Mezzanine Capital Partners, Compressus, Lotus Leaf Coatings (co-founded), Matrix Bio, Preferred Produce, and New Mexico Start-Up Factory. His non-New Mexico portfolio companies include: Satirical Media LLC, Financial Management Systems Inc., Phase One Ventures Partners LLC, Phase One Ventures Fund One LLP, ATOF Inc., Tafoya and Brainerd Partners LLC, Desert Sidecar II, LLC, and Enchanted Capital Corporation.

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