Sponsorship


For more than 40 years, AUTM has provided essential education for technology transfer professionals - helping them meet the ever-increasing demands of the field and advancing the understanding of how their work improves the quality of life around the globe. The four-day Annual Meeting provides educational and partnering opportunities for more than 1,700 technology transfer professionals, researchers, and intellectual property experts from around the world.

As a sponsor of the meeting, your organization gains access to key decision makers at one of the year’s largest gatherings of technology transfer professionals. The comprehensive AUTM sponsorship program offers flexibility to meet your marketing objectives and budget. Select one of the sponsorship packages listed in the brochure or contact Madhuri Carson (mcarson@autm.net or +1-847-686-2362) to create a customized package.

Download the sponsorship brochure and contract now!

All Annual Meeting sponsorships include:

  • Logo on all general meeting signage
  • Acknowledgement in the registration program/materials
  • Company listing in the registration/program materials
  • Verbal acknowledgement during opening plenary session (for $10,000 sponsors and higher)
  • An invitation to the Sponsors’ Luncheon at the annual meeting
  • An invitation to the Presidents’ Reception at the annual meeting
  • Acknowledgement on AUTM website — reserve early for the greatest impact!
  • Pre- and post- registration mailing list in Excel format for one-time use (excludes email addresses, per AUTM policy)*
* AUTM reserves the right to review and approve sponsor mailing materials before providing a mailing list.


Event Scheduling

If you plan on holding any hospitality functions or social events at the AUTM 2018 Annual Meeting, they must be pre-approved by AUTM headquarters in writing. Social functions are allowed only during program-free hours and must not conflict with any of AUTM's educational sessions, special programs, social and themed events, including receptions and meals provided by AUTM. Failure to comply may result in denial of participation in all future AUTM events.  

AUTM recommends scheduling your event for the evening of Tuesday, February 20. Refer to the preliminary schedule of events for additional options if you choose to host a function on an alternate date.

Multi-Year and/or Multi-Event Sponsorship Package Discount

Maximize the value of your sponsorship package: Reserve your sponsorship package for two years and/or multiple AUTM events or publications to receive a discount. Click here for a full list of available sponsorship opportunities. For more information, contact Madhuri Carson at +1-847-686-2362 or mcarson@autm.net.

Click below to find out more about the sponsorship option of your choice:

Opening Reception Sponsor
Monday, February 19, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Make a strong impression at this popular event. The Opening Reception offers an energetic environment for renewing relationships, making new contacts and catching up on developments in the profession.
Benefits Include:
  • One complimentary 10’ x 10’ exhibit booth
  • Five complimentary meeting registrations
  • Signage with logo at Opening Reception
  • Hospitality table at Opening Reception (available upon request)
Sponsor: $25,000

Presidents’ Reception Sponsor
Sunday, February 18, 7 – 8 p.m.
This invitation-only reception gathers AUTM board members, past presidents, technology transfer VIPs and other leaders in the field. The Presidents’ Reception is a high-visibility opportunity for organizations who want to work closely with active technology transfer offices.
Benefits Include:

  • Four complimentary meeting registrations
  • Admission to the reception for up to five delegates from sponsoring organization
  • Signage with logo at Presidents’ Reception
  • Hospitality table at Presidents’ Reception (available upon request)

Sponsor: $20,000

Opening Plenary Featuring Keynote Speaker Sponsor

Monday, February 19, 8 – 10 a.m.
This sponsorship associates your organization’s name with a high-profile guest and helps pay for speaker fees, travel stipends and honoraria. Though AUTM’s Program Committee retains full
responsibility for selecting plenary speakers, sponsors will be apprised of the group’s interests.
Benefits Include:

  • Opportunity to introduce moderator at podium (script provided by AUTM)
  • Acknowledgement at sponsored plenary session
  • Two complimentary meeting registrations
  • Signage with logo at plenary session
  • Hospitality table at plenary session (available upon request)

Sponsor: $12,500

AUTM Connect™ Sponsor
The AUTM Annual Meeting will once again feature our powerful online partnering and networking tool, AUTM Connect™. AUTM Connect™ will enable attendees to create detailed organizational and personal profiles, search effortlessly for other attendees, send and receive messages, discover licensing and collaboration opportunities and nimbly schedule one-on-one meetings. Last year, the partnering system hosted more than 1,700 attendee profiles representing more than 1,000 organizations and more than 18,000 technologies available for licensing. Attendees used AUTM’s partnering tool to schedule more than 4,000 meetings and post more than 200 documents and videos. Given the increased interest in partnering and “getting down to business,” AUTM anticipates networking and business opportunities to increase in 2018.
Benefits Include:

  • Two complimentary meeting registrations
  • Prominent signage with logo outside the partnering meeting room(s)
  • Prominent logo placement on email marketing that pertains specifically to partnering
  • Prominent logo placement within partnering software digital screen display
  • Hospitality table in a high-traffic area (available upon request)

Co-Sponsor: $10,000

Fireside Chat Sponsor

Sunday, February 18, 6 – 7 p.m.
The Fireside Chat is a high-profile opportunity for a thought leader in the field of technology transfer to answer questions posed by a facilitator. This year’s Fireside Chat speaker will be confirmed in the fall.
Benefits Include:

  • Opportunity to greet sponsored speaker and introduce speaker at podium (script provided by AUTM)
  • Acknowledgement at sponsored speaker’s general session
  • Two complimentary meeting registrations
  • Signage with logo at Fireside Chat
  • Hospitality table at Fireside Chat (available upon request)

Sponsor: $10,000

Venture Challenge Sponsor
Wednesday, February 21, 1 – 4:30 p.m.
The Venture Challenge sponsor will provide attendees the opportunity to interact with some of the top institutional and corporate venture investors in the country. The forum will consist of two events: a venture capital (VC) panel discussion and a Pitch and Play business plan competition. The VC panel will offer a moderated question-and-answer session that will help academic institutions and their affiliated new ventures understand the venture capital perspective and more effectively work together to build value in our university affiliated technology companies. The business plan competition will offer a rare opportunity to hear feedback on pitches. Learn what worked, what didn’t and why. Our panel of seasoned venture investors will judge the business plan competition, where university related startup companies compete for a $10,000 cash prize.
Benefits Include:

  • Two complimentary meeting registrations
  • Signage with logo at Venture Forum
  • Hospitality table outside meeting room (available upon request)

Co-Sponsor: $10,000

Exhibit Hall Meet and Greet Reception Sponsor
Sunday, February 18, 7 – 8 p.m.
Help us kick off the meeting with an all-attendee Meet and Greet Reception in the exhibit hall. It’s your first chance to learn about the exhibitors’ products and services while networking with other attendees.
Benefits Include:

  • Complimentary meeting registrations (based on level of sponsorship)
  • Signage with logo outside the exhibit hall
  • Hospitality table outside the exhibit hall (available upon request)

Co-Sponsor: $5,000
(One complimentary registration)

First-Time Attendees Networking Event Sponsor
Sunday, February 18, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
A great networking option for both sponsors and first time attendees, this networking event will include a review of the conference program and will underscore specific educational and networking opportunities as well as other meeting highlights. The partnering software will be reviewed to maximize attendees’ networking capabilities, and membership benefits will be discussed.
Benefits Include:

  • Complimentary meeting registrations (based on level of sponsorship)
  • Signage with logo at First-Time Attendees event
  • Hospitality table outside meeting room (available upon request)

Co-Sponsor: $5,000
(One complimentary registration)

Networking Breakfast/Lunch Sponsor
Sponsor one of the many food functions that take place at the meeting. Your organization’s name will be on signage at these functions that most attendees don’t miss. Availability of these cost-effective and high-impact opportunities are limited, so plan now to reserve this sponsorship for your organization.
Benefits Include:

  • Signage with logo at selected food function
  • Complimentary meeting registrations (based on level of sponsorship)
  • Hospitality table at selected event (available upon request)

Lunch (Monday or Wednesday): $10,000
(Two complimentary registrations)
Breakfast (Tuesday or Wednesday): $5,000
(One complimentary registration)
Tuesday Coffee Break (1 break): $2,500
(One discounted registration at member early rate)

Twitter Board Sponsor
Looking for a savvy way to spend your marketing dollars and get noticed by AUTM Annual Meeting attendees? Sponsor the AUTM Twitter Board at the AUTM 2018 Annual Meeting. One large screen monitor located in a high-traffic/high-visibility area within the meeting space will display your company logo prominently on top of the screen. The Twitter Board will be an eye-catching display of all tweets that mention the AUTM Annual Meeting. Act now as we expect this offering to go fast!
Benefits Include:

  • One complimentary meeting registration
  • Four-color sponsor logo prominently displayed on the Twitter Board screen
  • Four-color sponsor artwork displayed alongside the screen (artwork must be approved by AUTM staff)
  • Information explaining the Twitter Board will be included in the printed program including the sponsor’s logo

Sponsor: $7,500

Web Banner Sponsor

Place your banner prominently on the AUTM Annual Meeting home page of the AUTM website and get your message out. Web banners will be posted for four months prior to the annual meeting. Banner placement at the discretion of AUTM.
Benefits Include:

  • Prominent position of web banner on annual meeting home page
  • One complimentary meeting registration

Sponsor: $5,000

Shuttle Bus Sponsor

Market your company directly to attendees being transported to and from JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa. Plus, make a big impression as the shuttle bus runs from two overflow hotels. This is the only sponsorship option that provides consistent exposure both inside and outside the meeting venue. Your logo will appear on the shuttle bus windows for all to see. Limited shuttle service will be available from Sunday, February 18 through Wednesday,
February 21.
Benefits Include:

  • Prominent branding opportunities on shuttle bus
  • Signage with logo directing attendees to the shuttle bus
  • One complimentary meeting registration

Co-sponsor: $5,000

Canadian Networking Reception Sponsor
Tuesday, February 20, 4 – 5 p.m.
An afternoon of Canadian-specific programming will be followed by a networking reception.
Benefits Include:

  • Complimentary meeting registrations (based on level of sponsorship)
  • Signage with logo at entrance of the reception room
  • Hospitality table during the reception (available upon request)

Sponsor: $5,000
(One complimentary registration)
Co-Sponsor: $1,500
(Limited to three co-sponsors; complimentary registration does not apply at this level)

Closing Reception Sponsor
Wednesday, February 21, 4:30 – 6 p.m.
The Closing Reception will be the final event of the AUTM Annual Meeting. This is the last opportunity to make an impression on attendees as they unwind and exchange contact information with new friends and colleagues.
Benefits Include:

  • One complimentary meeting registration
  • Signage with logo at Closing Reception
  • Hospitality table at Closing Reception (available upon request)

Co-Sponsor: $5,000

Session Track Sponsor
Support the educational mission of AUTM with this single or multiple track sponsorship. Exclusive signage acknowledging the Session Track Sponsor is displayed outside the session rooms.
Benefits Include:

  • Signage with logo at entrance of session rooms on day(s) of sponsored session track
  • One discounted meeting registration (at the member early rate)

Sponsor: $4,000 per session track
Monday, February 19
Track A (9 workshops; 1 mini-course; 1 SIG; 1 Presidential discussion)
Track B (9 workshops; 1 mini-course; 2 SIGs; 1 Presidential discussion)
Track C (9 workshops; 2 SIGs; 1 Presidential discussion)
Tuesday, February 20
Track D (9 workshops; 2 SIGs; 1 Presidential discussion)
Track E (9 workshops; 2 SIGs; 1 Presidential discussion)
Wednesday, February 21
Track F (8 workshops; 1 mini-course; 2 SIGs)
Track G (8 workshops; 1 mini-course; 2 SIGs)
Note: track delineation is subject to change.

Push Notification Sponsor
Send a message through AUTM Connect to all attendees that have downloaded the app. You can provide a message about your organization, an event you are hosting, or simply a reminder to stop by your booth. In order to take advantage of this opportunity you must be a sponsor or exhibitor at the AUTM 2017 Annual Meeting.
Sponsor: $1,000 per push notification (limit 3 per day)

Outreach Fund Sponsor
As AUTM expands globally, meeting organizers are working to build international representation and attendance at the AUTM Annual Meeting. This tiered sponsorship provides companies and individuals with a unique opportunity to assist AUTM’s efforts to enhance educational content and reach out to diverse international audiences.
Benefits Include:

  • Acknowledgement in the registration/program materials
  • Acknowledgement on general annual meeting signage
  • Acknowledgement on AUTM website

Benefactor: $3,500+
Patron: $2,500–$3,499
Friend of AUTM: $1,000–$2,49
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Professional Development Course Sponsorships 

AUTM Marketing CourseSM
Sunday, February 18, 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Although marketing takes many forms from one licensing office to the next, it is always an essential element of every successful technology licensing operation. Some offices are fortunate enough to have trained marketing professionals dedicated to this function. Most do not. Regardless of resources, the goal for this course is to present an overview of marketing concepts and ideas to help gain a better understanding of how these concepts can be successfully implemented to enhance overall effectiveness.
The AUTM Marketing Course, a full-day educational event that includes a networking breakfast and lunch, will focus on key marketing concepts with heavy emphasis on value proposition, market research and branding.
Benefits Include:

  • One complimentary course registration
  • Acknowledgement (logo with link) on the course section of the AUTM website through April 30
  • Signage with logo at entrance of the course room
  • Hospitality table outside course room (available upon request)
  • Acknowledgement on printed annual meeting program and electronic course materials
  • Final course registration list in electronic format (excludes email addresses, per AUTM policy)

Sponsor: $2,500

AUTM Technology Valuation CourseSM
Sunday, February 18, 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The AUTM Technology Valuation Course offers the fundamentals of technology valuation as specifically applied to academic licensing. The first half of the course examines basic concepts such as valuation versus pricing and risk and then covers a series of basic valuation methodologies, including cost, industry standards (comparables), rules of thumb, discounted cash flow and equity. The first segment concludes with a review of payment structures within a license. The second half of the course consists of two case studies derived from real world examples. The class will be divided into groups that will develop license term proposals for the two technologies which will then be discussed by the class.
Benefits Include:

  • One complimentary course registration
  • Acknowledgement (logo with link) on the course section of the AUTM website through April 30
  • Signage with logo at entrance of the course room
  • Hospitality table outside course room (available upon request)
  • Acknowledgement on printed annual meeting program and electronic course materials
  • Final course registration list in electronic format (excludes email addresses, per AUTM policy)

Sponsor: $2,500

AUTM Negotiation CourseSM
Tuesday, February 20, 12:30 – 5 p.m.
The AUTM Negotiation Course is a must-attend for anyone involved in negotiations. The course will explore the art of negotiation with an emphasis on the practical tools and strategies essential for conducting successful negotiations.
Benefits Include:

  • One complimentary course registration
  • Acknowledgement (logo with link) on the course section of the AUTM website through April 30
  • Signage with logo at entrance of the course room
  • Hospitality table outside course room (available upon request)
  • Acknowledgement on printed annual meeting program and electronic course materials
  • Final course registration list in electronic format (excludes email addresses, per AUTM policy)

Sponsor: $1,500

Note: Sponsors of the professional development courses will not receive the same benefits as annual meeting sponsors. All professional development course sponsorship benefits are specifically designed to provide maximum exposure to the professional development audience and are limited to what is listed for each course.

 

AUTM 2018 Annual Meeting Sponsors