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Mind the Gap Report: University-affiliated Technology and Start-up Gap Funding

What it is

The Mind the Gap Report is a program development guide for current and aspiring technology and start-up gap fund managers that:

  • investigates 63 active translational research, proof of concept, and seed investment funds from 40 universities and affiliated organizations
  • establishes the need for gap funding and its positioning in the new early-stage capital continuum
  • demonstrates the impact of this funding approach for ROI, capital attraction, economic development, job creation, and innovation community development

Who it’s for

Fund managers, stakeholders, and partners at:

  • Research universities and labs
  • Tech-based economic development initiatives
  • Incubators, accelerators, and research parks
  • Corporate venture and acquisition groups
  • Angel and venture investors
  • Policy-makers and international governments

that seek a detailed program roadmap to guide, develop, and benchmark gap funding programs


Mind the Gap is the premier source for aggregated information regarding university-affiliated gap funding practices. It has been invaluable to us in our ongoing efforts to evaluate creative approaches for structuring seed and early-stage investment collaborations with universities and federal labs. Mind the Gap represents a valuable connection point to universities with leading edge commercialization programs, and as a result, a source of market-leading technology opportunities.

John Banta, CEOillinoisVENTURES
Options for Access

Full Mind the Gap Report: $399
|Organizational license to full report

Full Report, iWorkshop Series, Additional Resources: $499
| Organizational license to full report

|Access to online database of power-point ready charts and figures

|Access to Gap Fund Managers iWorkshop Series


What’s Inside View Report Summary and Full Contents/Figures
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