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.
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.
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.
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.
This workshop will focus on teaching you how to help investigators focus their technology disclosures, funding pitches, and other presentations on the three key factors crucial to gaining interest and commitment: commercial potential, technical merit and investigator willingness to assist.