Leaders Series: University-managed Gap Fund Models I
Featured Models: Cal Tech, U of Colorado, U of Maryland Mtech

Overview Sample Video
This 90-minute discussion with the Insights Panel will introduce you to three, experienced and tested gap funding and support programs. The leaders discuss their unique gap programs and experiences, and then open it up to questions from universities of all sizes and international locations. The event is prefaced with information from Mind the Gap, an ongoing study of best practices in global gap funding programs. You will walk away from this experience with a set of best practices to move forward in your own program development.
 Insights Panel  Topics
David Allen
AVP Tech Transfer, Tech Transfer Office
University of Colorado System
  • Fundraising : How the funds were conceived, formed, and funded. Also, future plans or experiences with sustaining and growing programs
  • Process: Promoting the programs, soliciting proposals, and making the funding decision. In some cases, this includes the use of external advisory boards
  • Expectations and Impact: Goals of the gap fund and program itself. From financial returns and capital attraction to creating an internal culture of innovation
  • Gap support programs:  Student groups, public events, mentors, management support, incubators and accelerators. The key to a successful program is about more than the money
  • Lessons Learned: The stuff that doesn’t make it onto the one pager, but was fundamental in shaping and developing the program
  • Best-practices: All participants will receive a slide deck of findings from the 2005 Mind the Gap national gap fund, which includes a composite view of 80 funds from 50 US research universities. Also, info will be shared about the in-process 2011 report
Dean Chang
Director, Mtech Ventures/TAP ProgramUniversity of Maryland
Larry Gilbert
Senior Director, Office of Technology Transfer
California Institute of Technology
Jacob Johnson (HOST)
Founder, innovosource
Author, Mind the Gap