AUTM 2015 Annual Meeting

February 22 – 25, 2015

Hyatt Regency New Orleans • New Orleans, LA USA

AUTM 2014 Venture Forum

Friday, February 21
9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Moderator: Louis P. Berneman, Ed.D., CLP, RTTP, Fund Advisor and Founding Partner, HealthCare Royalty Partners & Osage University Partners
Judges: Michael Borrus, J.D., General Partner, XSeed Capital
  Daniel Estes, Ph.D., Vice President, Frazier Healthcare
  George Jones, M.B.A., Founding Member, Sand Hill Angels
  Allan W. May, Managing Director, Emergent Medical Partners
  Kyparissia Sirinakis, CPA, Managing Partner, Rock Spring Ventures
Reviewers: Click here for a list of our business plan review team.

The AUTM 2014 Venture Forum will provide attendees an opportunity to hear from and interact with some of the top institutional and corporate venture investors in the country. The AUTM Venture Forum will consist of two events: a venture capital (VC) panel discussion and a business plan competition. The VC panel will include 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. Immediately following, the same panel of seasoned venture investors will judge the business plan competition, where university-related startup companies will compete for a $10,000 cash prize.

AUTM Announces 2014 Venture Forum Business Plan Finalists 

  • ArborVita Associates (University of Chicago)
  • Empire Robotics Inc. (Cornell University)
  • Phytelligence (Harvard University)
  • Qrono Inc.(University of Pittsburgh)

These finalists will present their plans at the AUTM 2014 Annual Meeting.  

Finalists will receive: 

  • Reimbursement from AUTM of up to $1,000 for travel expenses, including hotel costs, for the AUTM 2014 Annual Meeting.
  • One complimentary registration for the AUTM 2014 Annual Meeting and complimentary use of AUTM’s partnering software, AUTM ConnectTM, at the Annual Meeting.
  • The opportunity to present to an esteemed panel of venture investors and obtain critical and constructive feedback from the panel.
  • The opportunity to discuss their business and get feedback from partners in the venture community.

The first place startup company will receive a $10,000 cash prize.
The winner will be announced during the AUTM Annual Meeting
and via press release.

Criteria for Eligibility

  1. The startup must be a legally existing company and have a license or option-to-license with a research institution (university, research hospital, research institute, government laboratory), and the obligated technology must comprise an integral part of the startup’s business focus. Note: There is no territorial limitation on the company’s location.
  2. The startup does not need to have received prior professional investment but must be actively seeking funding. Note: Startups that have already received (i) a Series A round, (ii) in excess of $2 million in private investments, or (iii) significant sales revenue in 2013 or before are too advanced and not eligible for this competition.
  3. A manager/executive must present the venture pitch, not an inventor/scientist.
  4. AUTM cannot be responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your submission. AUTM will not ask anyone to agree to or sign non-disclosure/confidentiality statements on behalf of any applicant.


If you have any questions regarding the AUTM Venture Forum, contact AUTM headquarters via e-mail at by phone at +1-847-559-0846, or by fax at +1-847-480-9282.


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