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Start Up in a Box: Case Study of the Indiana University Research and Technology Corporation’s “SPIN UP” Program

Format: On-Demand Video/Transcript, or DVD
Originally presented: August 30, 2017

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Filling the gaps in funding, leadership, and operations support are major hurdles for faculty start ups. Coupled with a general lack of business acumen among faculty inventors, TTOs often struggle to mentor and support their faculty-led start-ups, and ultimately many end up failing due at least in part to these critical shortcomings.

The Indiana University Research and Technology Corporation (IURTC) has made great strides in overcoming these issues, particularly with its “Spin Up” program. Spin Up provides a wide range of support services that have helped produce a stellar record of success. Focusing on early-stage technologies, the goal is to create a steady pipeline of companies to create more chances at success. And it’s working. To date, 30 companies have been formed and over $6.2 million has been raised to support them.

Learn how you can broaden your ecosystem, create a strong pipeline of early-stage opportunities, and better support your faculty entrepreneurs by attending this case-study style program:

Start Up in a Box: Case Study of the Indiana University Research and Technology Corporation’s “SPIN UP” Program

Technology Transfer Tactics’ Distance Learning Division has tapped David Wilhite, IURTC’s director of technology commercialization, and Kristen Parmelee, president of PCG, Inc., to lead this detailed and practical session.  Order now to hear him discuss:

  • A solid overview of the inner workings of Spin Up including:
    • What inspired IURTC to create Spin Up
    • How Spin Up was formulated and presented to university leaders
  • What population the program serves on campus and:
    • How to attract participation
    • How to educate and mentor each population (student vs faculty vs postdoc)
  • Review of support services made available and how they are applied, including:
    • Incubator space
    • Funding and grant writing assistance
    • CPAs and accounting firms
    • Legal assistance
    • Staffing firms
  • Understanding the two Spin Up options available to participants — each has its own unique structure
  • Review specific companies and understand what made them work — and why others didn’t
  • Explanation of various financial stakes the university can hold in the companies


Meet Your Program Leaders:

David WilhiteDavid Wilhite
Director of Technology Commercialization
Indianapolis Campus of Indiana University

Dave Wilhite is Director of Technology Commercialization for the Indianapolis campus of Indiana University, overseeing technology evaluation and commercialization services for IUPUI, IU School of Medicine, and the Regenstrief Institute. Dave previously worked as a medicinal chemist at Pfizer in both Kalamazoo, Michigan, and La Jolla, California.

Kristen ParmeleeKristen Parmelee
PCG, Inc.

After more than 15 years as a consultant, PCG, Inc. has developed long-term relationships with many of its clients. It’s not just about a single project; it’s about creating opportunities for meaningful engagement and growth—for both PCG, Inc. and the client.

Kristen (Kris) Parmelee is a proud graduate of Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA). She started her career at an Indianapolis-based nonprofit in program development and management.  After gaining initial experience in fund raising, Kris launched her own venture in 2000 with a focus on private foundation and federal grants.  In 2005, she expanded her experience to include SBIR/STTR and for the past five years, has focused almost exclusively on SBIR/STTR and project management services.

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