Track E

E7 Accelerating the Accelerators: Founding and Growing Startup Incubators and Accelerators

Track: Startups and Gap Funding

Target Audience: All Audiences

Moderator
Henry Daley, Venable LLP

Speakers
Wesley D. Blakeslee, Blakeslee Inc.
Mike Alvarez Cohen, University of California, Berkeley
Dushyant Pathak, Venture Catalyst
Caroline Winnett, SkyDeck

Universities are increasingly playing a leadership role in fostering startup incubators, accelerators and ecosystems in and around their campuses. This trend is gaining enthusiasm from state and local governments due to the economic and cultural vitality that these startups and ecosystems bring to their communities. These startup programs and initiatives are also gaining momentum because they bolster university research and education. This interactive panel and audience discussion will leverage experiences from University of California Berkeley, University of California Davis, Johns Hopkins and other universities. We’ll compare and contrast incubator, accelerator and ecosystem best practices that vary across a range of campus characteristics including public versus private universities, urban versus rural settings, and robust versus emerging regional startup cultures.

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