Track E

E1 Best Practices for Running a University-Based, Proof-of-Concept Funding Mechanism

Track: Startups and Gap Funding

Target Audience: Advanced

Andrew Maas, J.D., EE, Louisiana State University

Arthur Cooper, J.D., EE, Louisiana State University
Paul J. Corson, Sustainable Startups
Rosibel Ochoa, Ph.D., UCSD Von Liebig Center

Ever since the Kauffman Foundation issued its report “Proof-of-Concept Centers: Accelerating the Commercialization of University Innovations,” many universities have launched or developed proof-of-concept funding mechanisms. However, there is a need to understand best practices in how a meaningful proof-of-concept fund or center should run — for both the large scale and the small scale. Join us to explore developments at multiple universities and the pathway that has resulted in the best success.

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