APLU: CU Boulder’s bottom-up approach to innovation drives economic development

APLU: CU Boulder’s bottom-up approach to innovation drives economic development

Sept. 13, 2021

In the past year alone, CU Boulder spun out 20 new “deep tech” businesses from its research labs. At the same time, as we reflect on our progress as an Innovation & Economic Prosperity (IEP) University, we are careful not to lose sight of the very personal stories that are contained within the metrics of economic impact.

Tech transfer key to products spun off from CU Boulder, federal labs research

Tech transfer key to products spun off from CU Boulder, federal labs research

Sept. 12, 2021

“Rather than just focusing on intellectual property and IP transactions, we are putting our effort and our resources toward developing entrepreneurs and helping them build businesses," says Brynmor Rees, assistant vice chancellor for innovation at CU Boulder and managing director for Venture Partners.

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Venture Partners' new deep tech accelerator Ascent set to launch January 2022

Sept. 1, 2021

Startup company founders who commercialize CU Boulder’s research innovations will be getting a boost in 2022. Ascent, a startup accelerator specifically created for CU Boulder innovators, will help founders launch their companies, raise investment capital, and gain market and partnership traction.

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CU Boulder to Co-Lead New Western I-Corps Hub Program With $15 Million Award From NSF To Boost Tech Innovation, Launch Startups

Aug. 25, 2021

With a new, $15 million dollar award announced by the National Science Foundation (NSF) on August 25, engineers and scientists from top research universities across the Western United States—including CU Boulder—will form a new consortium, the I-Corps Hub West Region, to help advance new technologies and incubate emergent companies that can move breakthrough discoveries from the lab to the marketplace.

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Pandemic spurs new venture opportunities in CU Boulder “hyper-accelerator” program

Aug. 11, 2021

A detailed article on Venture Partners' “hyper-accelerator” program—Pandemic Hyper-Accelerator for Science and Technology (PHAST)—appears in the July issue of Technology Transfer Tactics. PHAST leverages Economic Development Administration (EDA) funding while also rapidly bringing innovative solutions to market. That program is now beginning to bear fruit, with a first cohort of startups preparing for an inaugural Demo Day scheduled for January 2022.

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Venture Partners featured in Daily Camera: When a big idea needs time, grant programs step in

Aug. 9, 2021

SBIR and STTR grants are highly competitive programs that encourage research by small U.S. businesses with the aim of putting innovative, profitable products on the market. The STTR program also requires small businesses to collaborate with nonprofit research institutions such as CU Boulder.

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University of Colorado Boulder Named Finalist for 2021 APLU Innovation & Economic Prosperity Universities Awards

June 29, 2021

The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) today named the University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder) as one of six university finalists for its ninth annual Innovation & Economic Prosperity (IEP) University Awards.

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CU Boulder launches accelerator for university-developed COVID-19 innovations

April 26, 2021

Venture Partners at CU Boulder—the university's commercialization arm—has launched the Pandemic Hyper Accelerator for Science and Technology (PHAST) to support the translation of CU-developed, COVID-19 innovations into new businesses. Crucial to PHAST's programming is the partnership formed with local angel investing group Rockies Venture Club (RVC), as the program requires participants to complete RVC's 1-week HyperAccelerator. PHAST is taking applications through May 21.

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Third annual Destination Startup® event expands across the Mountain-West, connecting top research-based startups with investors

Feb. 2, 2021

Register now to attend the biggest Destination Startup® yet, from February 16-18, 2021. Twenty-five startups from 10 different universities across six states in the Rocky Mountain region will showcase their technologies, drawing investors from around the world.

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Senior Licensing Manager Dipika Singh featured in Physics Today

Feb. 1, 2021

Dipika Singh got her first taste of commercialization in 2012–13 when she and her supervisor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center developed a proprietary medium for freezing neurons. At the time of her invention, Singh was 25 and deciding whether to pursue a PhD or explore the business side of biotech. She earned an MBA at the University of Colorado Boulder. While there, she did an internship at the university’s tech transfer office. Seven years later she is a senior licensing officer at the university.

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