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Inside the VC Industry’s View of University Spinouts: Critical Insights for TTOs

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Originally presented: June 20, 2019

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One of the toughest hurdles facing university start-ups is funding — specifically catching the attention of venture capitalists. This is a particular issue for later-stage ventures in which universities hold relatively passive equity shares, and it’s becoming more critical given the trend to pursue internal development longer in order to de-risk, and remain private longer to ultimately increase the size of returns for investors.

That’s why Technology Transfer Tactics’ Distance Learning Division has secured a team of VC execs for an eye-opening webinar that will provide tech transfer professionals an exclusive “insiders’ view” of the venture capital industry’s perspective on university start-ups. You’ll learn how venture firms and corporate venture arms decide where to invest, how these funds work to deliver the returns that their investors expect from this asset class, and understand the VCs’ unique concerns that impact diligence and investment decisions for university spinouts.  

This one-hour webinar will also focus on the impact of follow-on funding on university equity and highlight trends in the venture industry and their impact on return expectations for university equity holdings.

With panelists representing both venture investors and corporate venture arms, the program will focus on later stage investing, revealing how investment decisions are made in the growth and late stages — and how return expectations and deal structures change. Finally, the panel will discuss the impact on venture economics of the growing trend to raise large sums money that allow start-ups to stay private longer before exiting.

Please join us for this unique webinar:

Inside the VC Industry’s View of University Spinouts: Critical Insights for TTOs

Here’s a quick look at what will be addressed in this detailed session:

  • What do VCs and corporate venture arms look for when making investment decisions?
  • What special concerns do investors have when the venture is based on a university spinout?
  • What are return expectations from venture investments?
    • How do these expectations change with stage of investment?
  • How is the trend of “staying private longer” impacting the venture industry and university spinout investments in particular?
  • How do VC return expectations change with stage of investment?
  • How can universities best position their start-ups for VCs and corporate venture arms?
  • What are the biggest mistakes to avoid when seeking venture funding?

Meet Your Team of Presenters

Dror FutterDror Futter
Partner
Rimon, PC

Dror’s practice focuses on representing start-up companies and their investors in their financing and merger and acquisition transactions and their intellectual property, IT and internet agreements. He also advises more advanced technology companies with respect to complex commercial and licensing transactions.  Dror was the general counsel of Vidyo, Inc., a venture-backed videoconferencing company, the general counsel of New Venture Partners LLC, a venture capital firm specializing in corporate spinouts, and a Corporate Counsel to the CIO of Lucent Technologies.

Dror was the co-founding chair of the PLI VC Law program. He is a member of the model forms drafting group of the National Venture Capital Association, the legal advisory board of the Angel Capital Association, and the legal working group of the Wall Street Blockchain Alliance. He is a Mentor at the Keller Center at Princeton University and an Entrepreneur in Residence at the Stevens Institute of Technology.

Manny StockmanManny Stockman
Principal
Technology, Osage University Partners

At Osage, Manny has focused on core technology areas across software, computing, and IoT. He is a board director at PsiKick, an observer at NuMat, and has led Osage’s investments in SiFive and IonQ. Prior to joining Osage, Manny was at Lockheed Martin ATL and Skunkworks. As an engineer executing on the transition of early stage technologies into the defense industry, he often joined university researchers with his industry team to develop unique technology solutions across the materials, applied physics and photonics domains. Manny holds a Ph.D. from Princeton University in Aerospace Engineering and Applied Physics and a B.S.E in Mechanical Engineering from Duke University.

Stuart WilksStuart Wilks, JD
Assistant General Counsel
Johnson & Johnson Innovation

Stuart is Assistant General Counsel at Johnson & Johnson Innovation, California. In this role, he is responsible for transactions conducted by the Innovation Center team.

Previously, Stuart supported a diverse group of Johnson & Johnson operating companies and units, such as Alza, BabyCenter, Janssen Health Innovation, Janssen Research & Development, Janssen Supply Chain, Johnson & Johnson Development Corporation, Noramco, and Scios in a broad range of business and contractual matters.  Before that, he was corporate counsel at Scios, Inc. in Fremont, California and corporate counsel at COR Therapeutics, Inc. in South San Francisco, California. Stuart moved to Silicon Valley in 1996 and was an associate in the corporate and life sciences practice groups of the Palo Alto office of Cooley LLP.

Stuart received his BA in chemistry from Yale University and a JD from the University of Chicago.

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