Track D

D7 Building Your Startup Ecosystem

Track: Startups and Gap Funding

Target Audience: Intermediate

Brendan Rauw, Oregon Health and Science University

Doug Hockstad, Tech Launch Arizona
Kirsten Leute, Osage University Partners
Dipanjan (DJ) Nag, The Ohio State University
Ken Porter, Innovate Calgary

Technology transfer offices (TTOs) outside established startup hubs are increasingly faced with the challenges of both helping their companies succeed and contributing to local economic development. We’ll focus on what TTOs can do to change their local external environment to encourage entrepreneurship. We’ll discuss providing entrepreneurship education, attracting early stage capital, building incubation and commercial lab space, finding experienced management talent, and leveraging policy initiatives to encourage new companies. If you’re a senior leader in technology transfer and business development trying to create a more favorable startup ecosystem, this is the session for you.

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