Jaimie Testai
November 30, 2021

Proof of Concept Funds: Boosting The Potential of University Technology

The Valley of Innovation Death has been well documented and is a continuing issue for transitioning basic university research into products that will improve lives. One way that universities and academic research centers are addressing this issue is through proof of concept (POC) funding. POC funds are typically grants that help “de-risk” a technology — helping a […]

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Jaimie Testai
October 26, 2021

Lessons Learned: Engaging Alumni for Research Commercialization

Many academic institutions want to enlist alumni to optimize their research commercialization efforts – whether it is to judge a pitch competition, discuss licensing opportunities, share entrepreneurial journeys with students, or even donate to a new venture or proof-of-concept fund. But what are the best practices in this area? We interviewed 7 universities and academic […]

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Jaimie Testai
May 4, 2021

Angel & Accelerator Funding: Continuing the Conversation

In late 2020, OUP hosted a webinar on Angel and Accelerator Funding for University Startups. We reconnected with two of the panelists, Ashok Kamal, Executive Director of Tech Coast Angels, and Jun Axup, Chief Science Officer and Partner of IndieBio, to continue the conversation about angel and accelerator funding in addition to answering some follow-up […]

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Jaimie Testai
October 8, 2019

Recruiting Talent for University Startups: Continuing the Conversation

This summer, OUP hosted a webinar on Recruiting Talent for University Startups. Ahmet-Hamdi Cavusoglu, Director at the Academic Venture Exchange (AVX), Mike Psarouthakis, Director of the University of Michigan Venture Center, and Hazel Mulhare, Head of Talent at Oxford Sciences Innovation, discussed their respective programs and started the conversation about best practices for recruiting top […]

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