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The University-affiliated Gap Funding Report


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The Mind the Gap 2012 report is an actionable roadmap for those interested in the topic of university-managed or partnered gap funding. The report assesses the “gap” in terms of an overall funding process and investigates translational research, proof of concept, and seed investment funds independently and comprehensively. It not only assesses the programmatic features of the funds, but also suggests and demonstrates the real financial, community-building, and economic development impact from the gap funding process
Support current and aspiring gap funding managers like:

  • Research universities and labs,
  • State and government authorities,
  • Incubators and accelerators,
  • Corporations,
  • Private investors,

who are seeking a comprehensive set of information to build, expand, or partner with gap fund programs.

This report is a cost- and time-saving resource that delivers a comprehensive view of gap funding. Whether it’s benchmarking, program development, or informing stakeholders, this report will support your effort.

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The report contains deep analysis and insights from 63 unique funds from 40 organizations, including US and international examples. It is constructed as a program development/assessment document for current fund managers, and a roadmap and operational plan for aspiring fund managers.
Focus Areas
Emerging model for early stage capital
  • Detailed assessment traditional and emerging forms of early stage capital (VC, angel, public/private funds, accelerators, and crowdfunding)
  • Introduction of an updated capital model that positions gap funding within this landscape and it’s vital role in commercializing technology
Modeling the Gap Funding Process
  • Segmentation and evaluation of the gap funds into four distinct fund types: translational research, proof of concept, business formation, and business growth
Fund Source and Sustainability Strategies
  • Actionable strategies for raising/initiating funds and future plans for sustainability
Fund Management
  • Detailed fund management structures based on type of organization and fund
  • Sample budgets and resource allocation based on funding objectives
Fund Process
  • Evaluation, selection, and decision-making criteria
  • Advisory board composition
  • Promotion and marketing strategies
Support Programs
  • Highlight support programs that are associated with gap funds that build an innovative community of students, faculty, and mentors
Fund Impact
  • Demonstrate specific impact and results of gap funding, including financial returns (ROI, leveraged capital), process indicators, economic development measures, and community engagement metrics
Success Stories
  • Stories from five different organizations that showcase specific fund processes and impacts