Incubating Hard Science Startups for Critical Human Needs


Peter Thiel’s Breakout Labs Shows A New Way Forward The traditional seed funding model rule-of-thumb, at least according to legendary tech investor Fred Wilson, is about discovering *product market fit*. “The first step is building a product, getting it into the market, and finding product market fit. I think that’s what seed financing should be… Read more »

Supporting Startup Ecosystems: Capacity, Collaboration and Capital

By Entrepreneurs, Incubator/Accelerator. 0

In previous posts we discussed the challenges facing startups seeking to commercialize science originating from universities and research institutes, and pointed to how local startup ecosystems can aid in this process. This recent Techcrunch article about startup activity in Seattle shows how the University of Washington and the City of Seattle are working together to… Read more »

On the Road with CIP: #BIO2014 San Diego Recap

By Collective IP. 0

“I just won’t sleep,” I decided. There were so many other interesting things to do.” — Jack Kerouac, On the Road And so began an important pilgrimage for Collective IP, from a mile high in Denver, Colorado down to the tip of southern California where the locals flirt with the Mexican border. So important a… Read more »

U.S. Innovation and Entrepreneurship is on the Decline: Tech Transfer, Supported by Research Institutions and Local Ecosystems is the Solution


A slew of recent articles are pointing to data and suggesting that America is losing its entrepreneurial edge, and that American entrepreneurship is slowly dying. Harvard Business Review: Why America is Losing its Entrepreneurial Edge 538 Economics: The Slow Death of American Entrepreneurship Christian Science Monitor: Wither US Entrepreneurs? A Key Engine of Economic Growth… Read more »

Business Development Professionals and the Tech Transfer Process (Part I)


December 2015 will be the 35th anniversary of the Bayh-Dole Act. While there is active debate as to the exact numbers, the technology transfer process is acknowledged across the board (even among critics of the legislation) to have created millions of jobs, added hundreds of billions of dollars to gross domestic product, and turned university… Read more »

Incentivizing Faculty to Participate in the Technology Transfer Process


In a recent opinion piece published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences titled “Changing the academic culture: Valuing patents and commercialization toward tenure and career advancement” the authors suggest that the reason universities have been slow to take on their proper role in the innovation economy is because of “a lack of… Read more »