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.
A discussion on the differences in licensing to startups based out of Israel, China, and the UK by experts who have worked in these regions. David Ai, formerly of City University in Hong Kong, Amir Naiberg, formerly of Yeda Research and Development Co, in Israel, and Teri Willey, formerly of Cambridge Enterprise, will talk about particular variances in license clauses and startup structures that US tech transfer offices may encounter when licensing to entities incorporated in these countries.
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 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.
We’re almost halfway through 2018, which means it is once again time for OUP’s annual financing trends webinar. Which sectors have had the greatest investment and which are facing funding challenges? How do these trends apply to advancing academic technologies? What does the beginning of 2018 imply for the rest of the year and what lies over the horizon?
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.
So we’re halfway through 2017. What’s the pulse on midyear VC investment? Which sectors are facing funding challenges, and which are flushed with cash? How does this apply to advancing university technologies?