Webinar: Under the Hood – Working with VCs of Life Science Company Formation

Starting companies out of universities is a complex endeavor, but startups can get a head start when done in conjunction with a company formation investor. In this webinar, we heard from three company formation investors in the life sciences: Each investor described their fund thesis, what they look for in opportunities arising from academic institutions,…

Webinar: Startup Licensing 101 – The License, Part 1

For many entrepreneurs, licensing from a university may be a new experience. This series of webinars provides information that will be helpful for academic entrepreneurs contemplating their first (or perhaps subsequent) license from an academic institution. Presented by an attorney who represents many academic startups, including their investors, along with two academic technology transfer veterans, these webinars bring views from both sides of the table and best practices for a fruitful and efficient negotiation.

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…

Webinar: Startup Licensing 101 – The 30,000 Foot View

This is part 1 of a 5-part webinar series called Startup Licensing 101: A Resource for Entrepreneurs Working with Companies Originated at Academic Institutions.

For many entrepreneurs, licensing from a university may be a new experience. This series of webinars provides information that will be helpful for academic entrepreneurs contemplating their first (or perhaps subsequent) license from an academic institution. Presented by an attorney who represents many academic startups, including their investors, along with two academic technology transfer veterans, these webinars bring views from both sides of the table and best practices for a fruitful and efficient negotiation.

Webinar: Venture Capital & University Startup Financial Trends of 2018

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?

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?

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.

Webinar: University Innovation Pitching

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.

Webinar: Medical Device Startups

A lively discussion about the changing investment and development opportunities for early stage startups in the medical device sector. Osage University Partners briefly reviews investment activity from the past 15 years, followed by a conversation and Q&A with Mike Carusi of Lightstone Ventures and Hanson Gifford from The Foundry. Mike and Hanson have been active in the medtech space for many years and between them amount some of the largest exits the sector has seen. Our panelists cover current areas of investment interest, provide an informed analysis of global medical device market dynamics and trends, and offer their suggestions on how to advance university-originated medical device concepts, inventions, and companies.