July 2011

Sources of funding


Finding the money is typically the most challenging aspect of launching any new venture. Get started on understanding the complicated world of new venture finance now by listening to these three investors and entrepreneurs.
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"So let's talk about the types of money that are available to a startup technology venture." ... more
Joseph Steig
Venture Development Manager for NCIIA
"What I would encourage all entrepreneurs to do is explore ways to pursue non-dilutive funding." ... more
Dave Greenwald
Co-founder and CEO of Relay Technology Management
 
"The first thing you have to really get a handle on is how big you're going to get, how fast you want to grow, and where you want to end up." ... more
William Contente
Partner, Gessmer Updegrove and Chairman of the Board of Launchpad Venture Group

 

Understanding the tech transfer office


Engaging with your tech transfer office will likely be the very first step you take toward commercializing your invention and bringing it to a larger world. Listen as these experts describe the details of working with the tech transfer office.
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"The first thing for any faculity member or student or science-oriented founder, if they're in the university setting, they've got to be speaking with their technology licensing office." ... more
David Verrill
Founder & Managing Director at Hub Investment Group, LLC
"Typically the university's going to look to be compensated for the initial value of the technology through an ownership stake in the company" ... more
Ashley Stevens
Special Assistant to the Vice President for Research at Boston University
"The graduate student has to realize that the technology licensing office is part of the university." ... more
Ashley Stevens, cont.
Special Assistant to the Vice President for Research at Boston University
"If you want to start a venture, then I think you need to go and start that relationship as soon as you can with the tech transfer office." ... more
Dr. Linda Plano
Principal, Plano and Simple and former Assoc. Director of the Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center
 
"If your university is going to be looking for a piece of equity, [you need to figure out] how you're going to work that into the corporate side of making the company run." ... more
William Contente
Partner, Gessmer Updegrove and Chairman of the Board of Launchpad Venture Group
"Another very critical piece for anybody coming out of an academic environment is who owns what they've got, and what the deal will be if the university owns the intellectual property." ... more
William Contente, cont.
Partner, Gessmer Updegrove and Chairman of the Board of Launchpad Venture Group
"Your first duty within the institution is to disclose the technology to the tech transfer office." ... more
Dr. Abigail Barrow
Founding Director of the Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center

 

Grantee news: Student ventures building momentum

More good news from some of our former E-Teams.

 

Sproxil, which is tackling the problem of counterfeit pharmaceutical drugs in Africa using SMS, has expanded into India.

Therapeutic Systems is about to start clinical trials for its autism treatment vest.

Solar Ivy is growing, adding new installations and clients.