Angel Knowledge Series
    Best Practices:
    How Angels and Seed Funders Can Best Work with Universities & University Accelerators.
    (Ideas to be a better mentor, advocate, and builder of great startups).

    • Association of University Technology Managers, Vicki Loise.
    • Capital Community Angels, Loic Couraud.
    • Hampton Roads Angel Network, Tim Early.
    • Harrisburg University, Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Ed Harrell.
    • Northeast TN Regional Accelerator, Dave Lawrence.
    • Northern Kentucky Angel Investment Network, Casey Barach.
    • P3 Alliance Purdue Angel Network, Dr. Tim Peoples
    • University of Akron, Akron ArchAngels, Gordon Schorr.
    • University of So.Cal., Stevens Center of Innovation, John Sweet.
    • University Technology Park, IIT, Daniel Marselle
    • Worcester Poly Institute, Jerry Schaufeld.
    Moderator: Michael Price, CEO Ventures


    1. Angel Engagement with University Accelerators (best practices).
      a) Trends, impact, and how to keep abreast of all the new ones opening?
      b) Are they productive to engage with -- quality perspective?
      c) Contacting and volunteering -- common roles and time demands?
      d) Best ways to further engage the good ones with mentoring and funding?
      e) What to avoid when helping an accelerator?
      f) How to help form a new accelerator (focus, partners and leader sources)?
      g) Volunteer levels: general, judging, mentoring, ambassadors, internships, leaders, other?
      h) Role of a mentor -- tips and what works best?
      i) Role helping the startups with the follow-ons needed?
      j) Should you introduce so early to acquirers and other opportunities?
      k) Best run accelerators -- what do they deliver better?
      l) Accelerator's Perspective: What angel involvement is useful, not, what else needed?

    2. Angel Engagement with University R&D / Tech Transfer Licensing (best practices).
      a) Viability of profitable commercialization in general?
      b) How to Find Tech Transfer Office spinouts and incubators hungry for funding?
      c) How to Find Licensable University Technologies?
    (centralized search tools, usefulness, how current, how expansive).
      d) How to monitor for areas of interest on an ongoing basis?
      e) What are Tech Transfer Offices like to deal with and trends (reasonable terms, pricing, speed, etc)?
      f) What typically goes with the inventors' IP?
      g) Engaging with the inventors for commercialization?
      h) Derivative works issues?
      i) Other: Valuation of the IP.
      j) Other: Reality of Tracking IP usage and infringement.
      k) Work-for-Hire: Preparing to address IP issues from the start of discussions and commercial R&D alternative quotes.

    3. Angel Resources.
      a) Viewing some top startups from universities.
      b) Searching university technologies and capabilities.
    Search technologies at top of
      c) Searching university startups and accelerators.

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