Track G

G4 University Proof-of-concept Programs: Customizing a Program for Your Institution

Track: Startups and Gap Funding

Target Audience: All Audiences

Jacob Johnson, innovosource

David N. Allen, University of Arizona

There are about as many different approaches to university-based proof-of-concept (POC) programs as there are universities with such programs. Each has different objectives, features and characteristics and each fits into different pre- and post-program support mechanisms. This workshop will provide attendees a comprehensive assessment of the five major process stages of POC programs and commercialization support initiatives. It will begin with a landscape from a recent report on 51 university proof-of-concept programs, followed by a tactical review of each stage from two leading POC program managers. The outcome for participants will be an understanding of considerations and opportunities they can apply to their current or future POC program(s).


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