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The Problem with Startup Metrics: Kicking Off the "Metrics Monday" Blog Series
Several months ago, a read an article called “Are Universities Creating Too Many Biotech Startups?” At the time I thought: The question is not how many startups should a university do, but why are they doing them? Since then, I’ve seen more and more stories in the industry news about universities focusing heavily on startups, particularly within the context of job creation and helping the local economy. Not surprisingly, some of these efforts are emerging from state government and/or economic development agencies. I myself have been invited to participate on several panels and task forces related to this topic. Their recurring mantra has been: “We want to increase startups and licensing revenue.” My response always is:…
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What to Do When a Patent Is a Couch Potato
I’m back, with another post about the AUTM® Eastern Region Meeting, which I first blogged about last week. Today’s topic: The workshop session “Strategies to Offload Patents that Are Doing Nothing for Too Long.” This session, which I came to think of as the “couch-potato patent session,” was moderated by…
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5 Ways to Make Undergrads More Entrepreneurial
A few weeks back, I read Victoria Schramm’s post on Forbes.com called “5 Reasons Why Undergrad Entrepreneurship Courses Aren’t Producing Entrepreneurs.” Given Schramm’s valid points, I’d like to suggest 5 ways to make undergraduate students more entrepreneurial.
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Insights, Best Practices on Tech Transfer, Startups at Portugal Meeting
Just before Christmas, I had the privilege of attending the annual conference of the University Technology Enterprise Network (UTEN), an organization dedicated to (in their words) “professionalizing and advancing science and technology commercialization in Portugal.” As the AUTM® vice president for Strategic Alliances, I was invited to participate on a panel discussing technology transfer networks. I have to say, it was an enlightening meeting, and the lessons learned and best practices shared have value beyond Portugal. So brace yourself: this is a long post, but there was lots of good information to share!
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Springboard Enterprises Provides Opportunities for Women Entrepreneurs
I’ve recently connected with Springboard Enterprises, an innovative organization that showcases high-quality, women-led companies that are seeking investors. Springboard has a good track record for facilitating spin-out companies (success stories include Constant Contact, ZipCar, Tikatok, and many more) and is providing great opportunities for women entrepreneurs.
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Raleigh Innovation Summit Sparks Lots of Ideas
Earlier this week I participated in the Raleigh Innovation Summit, which was held to create a unified vision for the city’s future in the areas of innovation and entrepreneurship. Groups discussed creating an innovation center in Raleigh, branding Raleigh as a city of innovation, creating partnerships, and bringing more money to the region. A lot of great ideas were generated, and participants have been encouraged to keep sharing them. So in addition to what you’ll see in tweets (#innovateRAL), here are some of my ideas:
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Conversations with DoD & the White House on Federal Tech Transfer Initiatives
Last week I gave a presentation at a tech transfer workshop for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). This workshop was well timed, given President Obama’s recent memorandum announcing a new directive requiring all federal research labs to bolster and streamline technology transfer efforts to increase the likelihood and efficiency of getting research results to market. Attendees at the DoD meeting discussed the memo as well as possible solutions, as each agency has been tasked with presenting a plan back to the President on how they will achieve his goals. Possible solutions have been at the top of my mind recently as well….
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A White House Meeting Revives Tech Transfer Recommendations
Yesterday I went to Washington with about two dozen other North Carolina small businesses to meet with several of our country’s legislative and executive leaders. It was a great opportunity—one that I hope will eventually lead to genuine action that supports the transition of innovations developed with federal funding into commercial applications. And I have a few ideas about how to do that.
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License Programs Targeted at Startups: We Can (and Must) Do Better
You may have noticed that several universities and government labs are forming ready-to-sign patent licensing programs or other initiatives with new licensing terms. Many of these programs target startup companies, like the University of North Carolina’s Express License program or the DOE’s America’s Next Top Energy Innovator Challenge program, which offers startups options to license patents for $1K.
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DOE’s New Option to License Program – Not an Express License, but Still Valuable
Interesting news in the world of technology licensing: the Department of Energy recently announced ‘America’s Next Top Energy Innovator Challenge’—a licensing program offering special terms to startup companies on a set of patent licenses from national …
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