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Join us online at COVERGENCE OCT 22-23

The University Tech/Startup Gap Fund and Accelerator Summit

  • 20 in-depth gap fund/accelerator program reviews
  • Breakout and group discussions on common challenges
  • Corporate and Investor partnering panels
  • Networking web-site and associated materials

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University Gap Funding and Accelerator Community News

1510, 2020

UMSL begins business accelerator program geared toward underrepresented entrepreneurs

The University of Missouri-St. Louis’ entrepreneurship program, UMSL Accelerate, announced the launch Tuesday of a new business accelerator aimed at supporting founders of emerging companies who come from underrepresented backgrounds and marginalized communities. Called the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Accelerator, the application-based initiative is open to founders of early stage [...]

1510, 2020

MSU Accelerator Starts Fifth Summer Cohort With Five Tech Startups 

The Michigan State University Foundation’s Conquer Accelerator announced the launch of its fifth season and summer 2020 cohort. The 10-week accelerator welcomes five selected teams to its East Lansing program: ARUtility, Lucypop, MenuBubble, PhenoLogic, and StarForged Studios. “It’s hard to believe that we’re already moving into our fifth year for [...]

1510, 2020

UConn funds COVID-19 research through COVID-19 Research Seed Funding

The Office of the Vice President for Research has established an internal funding program for University of Connecticut projects from all campuses that focus on the COVID-19 pandemic, offering up to $50,000 to program participants. Currently, five projects from both UConn and UConn Health have been supported by this funding [...]

1510, 2020

How can universities be more intentional about their roles in local economies?

University of Pennsylvania and Philadelphia’s University City. John Hopkins University and much of Baltimore city. The dichotomy and interdependence between a city and neighborhood that a university resides can often be summed up by the expression “town and gown” — there are the residents, and then there’s the academic population, and the two [...]

710, 2020

UIC Innovation Fund to support commericialization of UIC-based technologies

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Innovation (OVCI) is proud to announce the creation of the UIC Innovation Fund to support the commercialization of technologies developed by faculty, staff and students at UIC. The new UIC Innovation Fund will combine oversight of the Chancellor’s Translational Research Initiative (CTRI) and [...]

710, 2020

Imperial and MIT launch seed fund for ideas that reduce the impact of pollution 

Imperial and MIT share a commitment to address key global challenges and for 2020, the MIT-Imperial College London Seed Fund will call for research into climate solutions and the transition to zero pollution. The funding, worth $100,000 in total, will bring together researchers from two of the world's best universities to build early-stage collaboration. [...]

710, 2020

Should the U.S. government start funding clean energy startups?

A new report from Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy, released on Wednesday, says federal funding for the development of clean energy technologies is now a national strategic imperative. In the report, “Energizing America,” CGEP’s researchers cite figures from the International Energy Agency (IEA), which hold that of 46 critical energy technologies for deep decarbonization—efforts to limit [...]

710, 2020

Children’s Hospital LA launches pediatric digital health accelerator

The hospital is introducing a 13-week pediatric digital health accelerator program, dubbed KidsX, which will link more than 30 hospitals across the US, the UK, and Australia with companies focused on cultivating pediatric digital health innovations. As part of the program, hospitals will present problems and challenges to the startup community and [...]

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  • Research Universities, Hospitals, and Institutions

  • Accelerators and Incubators

  • Government Economic Development and Innovation Agencies

  • Angel Investors and Venture Capital

  • Corporate Innovation and Venture Groups

What We Support

  • Proof of Concept (POC) Gap Fund Programs

  • Startup and Venture Gap Funds

  • Translational Research Gap Fund Programs

  • Government-supported Innovation Initiatives and Funds

  • Angel Investors and Angel Networks

  • Corporate and Venture Capital

  • Student Venture Funds and Crowdfunding