Join OUP for a webinar on DEI initiatives for academics and tech transfer managers focused on entrepreneurship and commercialization. You will hear from five leaders in the field discussing programs and initiatives directed at promoting inclusion and dissolving the disparities for underrepresented populations in academic innovation.
Since its inception in 2009, OUP’s mission has been to foster deep partnerships with universities with three goals in mind: 1) to invest in their spinouts, 2) to help improve technology transfer effectiveness, and 3) to help improve research commercialization by connecting university startups to our network for funding and recruitment opportunities. Please join OUP for an upcoming webinar where we dive into specifics around how we work with our academic partners and continually work to achieve our mission.
When a university licenses technology to a startup, a grant of equity is a likely consideration offered by the licensee. To receive the equity, the university will review and negotiate a Stock Purchase Agreement – a legal agreement made between the corporation (startup) and the university that governs the transfer and sale of the corporation’s stock to the university and often related financial terms, which can impact the university’s potential returns.
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?
Hiring top talent is not impossible for startups, but finding the right talent for university spinouts can be a difficult task. Even university startups ensconced in entrepreneurial rich talent-rich pools such as Boston, the Bay area, and New York struggle to appropriately match talent to attractive management roles.
It’s Spring, which means it is once again time for OUP’s annual financing trends webinar. Which sectors have had the greatest amounts of investment and which are facing funding challenges? How do these trends apply to advancing academic technologies? What does the beginning of 2019 imply for the rest of the year and what lies over the horizon?
Academics looking to maximize the impact of their research shouldn’t consider commercialization a Faustian bargain, trading open publication and monetary returns. Open-source software can be a successful strategy towards both impact and income.
Join David Dorsey and John Lee of Osage University Partners as they discuss why open source provides substantial advantages for software startups and why it has become the de facto method for deploying and commercializing software.
Over the past several years, there’s been a proliferation of universities launching internally-driven accelerator programs, with the goal of providing inventors of early stage technologies an opportunity to develop their startup idea within an academic setting. The core concept behind a university accelerator is to offer funding, mentorship, and other resources to startups sometimes too nascent to attract seasoned talent and institutional funding. But such accelerators require large amounts of capital and an experienced team to administer programming, evaluate startups ideas, allocate funding, and provide company-building services amongst other tasks.
Columbia Technology Ventures (CTV) and venture investors Osage University Partners (OUP) invite you to view a seminar on the following topic: “The behind-the-scenes view on how VCs evaluate potential startup CEOS.”
Drawing from 25 years of venture capital experience, Osage University Partners (OUP) managing partner Marc Singer will take you through the CEO search process, how VCs evaluate potential entrepreneur, and some observations about drivers for long-term success as an entrepreneur. The audience will assess mock candidate profiles and learn methods of diligence to choose the right leader for your startup.
Columbia Technology Ventures (CTV) and venture investors Osage University Partners (OUP) invite you to join a seminar on the following topic: “Understanding the real economics of university startup formation.”
OUP principal John Lee will take you step-by-step through the life of a company, illustrating the different types equity, the pros and cons of each equity type depending on different company outcomes, and the economic effect this has on founders’ shares. Data will be presented to support the conversation around founders’ equity, the right allocation between faculty vs. post docs vs. grad students, and how much equity one needs to give away to attract and keep your top talent.