Webinar: Funding and Equity in University Startups, Part 2 | Basics on Investors – from SBIRs to Strategics

Funding and Equity in University Startups: Basics on Investors – from SBIRs to StrategicsThe intended audience for this webinar is university startup founders, including future founders, and academic technology commercialization groups. Anurag Agarwal and Ajay Rayasam of OUP will review the Basics on Investors – from SBIRs to Strategics and cover the following areas: •…

Webinar: Equity Compensation in University Startups

Equity compensation can be an opaque and awkward topic for first-time academic founders. Join us for a webinar that is an in-depth look at venture capital perspectives on the economics of university startup formation, particularly founders’ equity. OUP will review an analysis of the equity structures of over 90 startups combined with our collective insights…

Ask a VC: How to Approach a Deep Science VC

We spoke with our Tech Associate, Ajay Rayasam, and our Life Science Associate, Margalit Haber, for their perspectives on how best to initially interact with VCs. While some of their insights were similar, as with all individuals in the venture capital space, they did have differing opinions.

Equalize – 2020 and Beyond

by Nichole Mercier, Kristen Otto, and Kirsten Leute It’s been a few weeks since our Equalize 2020 event. All of those involved are still reflecting on the impact of the event, while excited to take the next steps in this journey. With this article, we wanted to articulate the need and history of Equalize 2020, the experiences…

Webinar: Women Academic Entrepreneurs

As 2019 came to a close, Pitchbook presented some deceptive data: VCs had invested a record high $17.2 billion in US-based startups with at least one female founder. While impressive upon first glance, look at these numbers from a different perspective: US-based startups that were founded solely by females only made up 6.7% of all VC deals and 2.7% by total capital invested. These percentages are all-time highs, but still very low compared to their male counterparts. And, what do the numbers look like for female academic founders? What can universities do to foster more female entrepreneurship?

The Mother of Invention? Not Exactly.

The gender gap in academia at the faculty level has been well documented. Male faculty far outnumber women, particularly in the STEM disciplines, though the gap has narrowed in recent decades. It’s also no secret that the rate of academic entrepreneurship is on the rise: the number of startups formed out of university research has…