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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

Testimonials

As a Fund Manager designing and implementing an organically grown Technology Development Fund, these reports were invaluable in understanding metrics and what other institutions are accomplishing

Michael Rusnak
University of Rochester

The Mind the Gap initiative has helped the technology transfer community focus on emerging practices in university-affiliated gap funding. The Mind the Gap initiative is the primary, comprehensive source for POC and early stage funding information and resources that the community, including my operations, turns to for understanding and insight.

David Allen
Tech Launch Arizona (U of AZ)

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
illinoisVENTURES
Options for AccessFull Mind the Gap Report: $399
|Organizational license to full reportFull

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