October 2010 - Michigan Energy Forum - Jim O'Connell

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With over $1 billion in research invested annually at Michigan universities, technology transfer to entrepreneurs and established companies can play a major role in transforming Michigan's economy. Join representatives of the Association of University Technology Managers, the University of Michigan Venture Center, MSU Technologies, and Wayne State Technology Commercialization to learn how you can leverage tech transfer and sponsored research in your energy venture.

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October 2010 - Michigan Energy Forum - Jim O'Connell

  1. 1. Michigan Venture Center The One-Stop Hub for U-M Start-Up Venture opportunities Jim O’Connell
  2. 2. Michigan Venture Center • Expand on existing Business Formation Group • Expand our mentoring and development talent • In-depth knowledge of our venture partners – be the “go-to” team for great venture opportunities • Leverage our University and external partnerships
  3. 3. Michigan Venture Center • Leverage Current Strengths – Umich OTT top five nationally in all metrics – Core business formation staff – Team approach with licensing, legal, marketing – A focus on talent (utilizing alumni / local connections) – U-M internal partnering for innovation, translation research funds and student talent – External partnering for pre-seed funds, talent and business acceleration resources
  4. 4. Expanded Services to Consider • Incubation facilities and equipment • Business services (legal, accounting, business development) • Post-Launch business development/expansion
  5. 5. Jim’s Opinion: Biggest Challenges to Creating More Ventures • Fundable management • 12- 18 Month “Gap” outside the university

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