Webinar: Approaches to Software Licensing

Software-based technologies present challenges to the most experienced university technology managers when it comes to licensing. These technologies are often not patentable, released under an open source license, or the software is frequently rewritten – making the original code less valuable. Therefore, faculty frequently don’t disclose software, and companies commonly avoid licensing software IP from the universities.

2018 VC & University Startup Financing Trends

We’re almost halfway through 2018, which means we at Osage University Partners (OUP) again hosted our annual financing trends webinar (last year’s recap). For the 2018 version, our investment team analyzed not only general VC investment trends, but also trends specific to our partner university network of 5,000+ startups. I should mention this blog post only pulls…

Webinar: Venture Investment in Hardware Startups

Hardware is hard. Large capital requirements, long development timelines, and fickle customers are classic critiques that VCs focus on when evaluating a hardware startup. Yet substantial investments in quantum computing, semiconductors, and additive manufacturing prove that an industry-changing vision with cutting edge technology can overcome investor hesitations about the sector. And while the numbers show that investment dollars into software outpace hardware, the reality is the two keywords no longer separate the industry as many hardware entrepreneurs and investors have learned the benefits of software-enabled “things.” Is the market returning to hardware bets? What do investors want to see in 2018? What are avoidable pitfalls of pitching a hardware story?

Healthcare IT Startups: How to Assess a Maturing Market

The provision of quality cost effective healthcare is one of the most significant challenges facing the U.S. today. Healthcare now accounts for more than one-sixth of the U.S. gross domestic product. According to a report by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, U.S. healthcare spending reached $3.2 trillion, or $9,990 per person, and hospital…

Webinar: Venture Investment in Healthcare IT Startups

In 2014 venture funding in healthcare IT shattered records, surpassing $4.1 billion, followed by an equally impressive performance in 2015 with $4.5 billion invested in the sector. While investment in digital healthcare cooled slightly in 2016 compared to previous record highs, investment in the sector remains significant with $4.3 billion invested in 2016. It’s a diverse, emerging sector with a barrage of startups competing in a broad marketplace to improve healthcare delivery as the nation’s $3 trillion healthcare delivery system gradually transitions from volume-based to value-based care.

Webinar: Cybersecurity Startups

Cyber threats and attacks have arrived in full force. More than ever before, they threaten not only individuals, but corporations and nation states. Within corporations, the types of cyber threats and the various methods of protection have exploded. At universities, the level of research around security detection, prevention, and encryption has significantly increased. This webinar aims to decipher the increasingly complicated cybersecurity space from a startup and investment perspective. OUP will provide a brief introduction to the market and investment activity for the past 15 years, followed by a conversation and Q&A with Amir Ben-Efraim of Menlo Security and Jake Flomenberg of Accel Partners. Our panelists will cover current areas of interests for investment, provide an informed analysis of the cybersecurity market dynamics and trends, and offer their suggestions on how to advance university-originated cybersecurity concepts, inventions, and startups.

What’s the Pulse on 2017 Midyear VC Investment?

Every few weeks, Osage University Partners hosts a webinar that dives into a specific technology sector with the intention of helping the technology commercialization professionals at our partner institutions better understand current market behaviors. We realize, however, that financing trends can dramatically shift in only one quarter. We’re past the midyear mark in 2017 and…

Phishing for Answers: A Chat on Cybersecurity Startups

Cyber threats and attacks have arrived in full force. They threaten not only individuals, but corporations and nation states. Within corporations, the types of cyber threats and the various methods of protection have exploded. Universities are rising to the challenge, as the level of research around security detection, prevention, and encryption has significantly increased.  …

Why We’re Investing in AI for Healthcare

University of Washington startup KenSci recently announced its $8.5M Series A financing and Osage University Partners is proud to have participated in the round alongside Ignition Partners. This is our 64th investment in a university spinout since our founding in 2009. Based on four years of research at the University of Washington, KenSci is a machine learning platform that helps health…