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Monday, September 24, 2012

University Tech Transfer Funding Sources Forum

04:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Omni Hotel
235 West Main Street
Charlottesville, VA , 22902

This session will provide insights into various funding sources available to university researchers to facilitate tech transfer and company start-up efforts.

Ideal for University researchers, university personnel, entrepreneurial university researchers, and postdoctoral researchers looking for funding to further develop their technology.

Attend all or part of this important forum!  Seats are limited to the first 50 registrants.  University personnel may attend at not cost, but must register.


3:00-3:15 PM — Check-in/Registration

3:15-4:45 PM — SBIR/STTR Grants -- How University Researchers and Postdoctoral Researchers can Effectively Use SBIR/STTR To Spin out technology from the university


• An expert SBIR/STTR consulting firm will discuss how SBIR and STTR can be used to effectively partner with small tech firms or use the programs to spin out technology via a start-up business by an entrepreneurial university researcher. We’ll also discuss how postdoctoral researchers can use SBIR/STTR as a way to continue research as they leave the university. Presented by Lisa Kurek, BBC Etc.

4:45-5:00 PM — BREAK

5:00-6:30 PM — Tech Transfer Funding Sources Panel
  • Tom Weithman, Managing Director, CIT GAP Fund – CIT GAP Funds makes seed-stage equity investments in Virginia-based technology and life science companies with a high potential for achieving rapid growth and generating significant economic return. Learn the details of this fund and how to apply.
  • Leticia Green, Virginia Active Angels Network (VAN) - Leticia will be discussing angel funding and crowd-source funding.
  • Sara Toussaint, University Relations, Allied Minds, Inc. – Sara will discuss how firms like Allied Minds invest in university based technology start-ups and help build a local management team around the technology.  
  • Nancy Vorona, CRCF Program Director, The Center for Innovative Technology –The Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF) advances science- and technology-based research, development, and commercialization to drive economic growth in Virginia and to encourage collaboration among its institutions of higher education and partnerships between these colleges and universities and business and industry. Several components include funding for university based technology development. Nancy will provide further insight into the CRCF, how university researchers can participate, and when the next solicitation round will take place.  
  • Errol Arkilic, Program Director, NSF Innovation Corps Program -- Learn how the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (NSF I-Corps) is incorporating mentoring and grant funding to facilitate the transfer of technology out of the university to start up technology firms.  Learn how this program works, when the next round will be, and how to apply.
  • Greg Fralish, President, ITI Health -- Greg will discuss how his company has used SBIR grants, CIT GAP Funding, and the Commonwealths CRCF program to facilitate the development of his company out of the University of Virginia.  
  • Eric Loth, Researcher, Professor & Associate Chair of Aerospace Engineering, University of Virginia – Eric will discuss how his company is using the NSF I-Corps program to support the early stage development of promising technology. 


6:30-7:15 PM — Networking & One on Ones with presenters and university resources available to support tech transfer efforts.  Meet wtih reps from Darden iLabs, UVA Innovations, City of Charlottesville, Central Virginia Small Business Development Center, CBIC, UVA Office of Research, CIT GAP Funds, Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund, National Science Foundation Innovation Corp, Allied Minds, and others!




• Virginia based University researchers & personnel: FREE (registration required)

• All Others: $50



Omni Hotel, Charlottesville, VA, 235 West Main St., Charlottesville, VA 22902 – 1-800-447-4157



Robert Brooke, Director, Federal Funding Programs, CIT




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