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University Crowdfunding Review I                                       

Full access to event recording, materials ($75) or Complete University Crowdfunding Package: Report + Crowdfunding Review I&II ($149)

In its most recent Mind the Gap landscape report, innovosource identified crowdfunding as an emerging investment vehicle that may be better positioned to support the capital requirements of translational research, proof of concept projects, and early-stage start-ups than more traditional capital sources, like venture capital and angel investment. This funding approach taps into the masses for smaller, more manageable investments versus larger investments from a few. Crowdfunding, if properly executed, could provide new avenues for gap funding of promising university technologies and start-ups; however, many questions (and curiously) still remain surrounding its adoption and useful implementation.

Event Details Ideal For:
To move the university crowdfunding conversation forward, innovosource brings you this comprehensive overview of university crowdfunding.This event will be a web-enabled discussion with David and cover:

  • Overview of the entire JOBS Act
  • Focused detail on the specific crowfunding implications
  • Discussion on the implications for university-affiliated technology and start-up gap funding
  • Case studies from Innovacracy (external platform) and Michigan Tech Superior Ideas (internally-managed platform) that share university crowdfunding experiences, challenges, and successes
  • Current or aspiring university or lab gap fund managers who interested in understanding the implications of gap funding
  • Early stage investors, public, or private organizations looking at crowdfunding as a capital vehicle
  • Policy-makers, professional organizations, and others interested learning about this innovation practice
Registration for event covers:
  • Access to event for whole office, stakeholders
  • Event presentation
  • CLP CE certified for continuing education credits
  • Optional post event/unable to attend live event access options


 Speakers  Background

David Drake
The Soho Loft
Partner, LDJ Capital
David Drake is the founder of The Soho Loft Capital Creation Event Series (“TSL”) which promotes and facilitates capital formation for the Private Company Marketplace (PCM). Mr. Drake is also the Chairman of LDJ Capital in New York City and a thought leader on the JOBS Act (Jumpstart Our Business Start-Ups Act) including, but not limited to, Reg A+, Reg D 506, Crowd Funding Capital and Onramp IPO. He is a founder and former executive board member of both the Crowdfund Intermediary Regulatory Advocates (CFIRA) and the leading crowdfunding global trade network, the Crowdfunding Professional Association (CfPA). He was also a member of the U.S. Commerce Department’s delegation to Brussels and Rome where he met with European Ministers and national legislators at the Transatlantic Economic Council forum last July 2012.


Richard Glaser
Richard Glaser is the Innovocracy.org, a university-focused crowdfunding platform. Innovocracy is currently piloting their approach with four universities (Clarkson U, Cornell U, RIT, U Rochester). They have successfully raised funds for new university-derived technologies using this crowdfunding platform. Richard has spent most of his career as a private equity investor, investing directly in growing companies and serving as director of numerous service, manufacturing and high tech companies. He has worked closely with entrepreneurs and business owners as an investor and advisor.


Natasha Chopp

Research and Marketing Manager,
Michigan Tech University
Natasha has managed and currently oversees Superior Ideas, Michigan Tech University’s internally-managed crowdfunding platform


Jacob Johnson
Founder, innovosource
Author, Mind the Gap
Jacob Johnson is the author of Mind the Gap, a comprehensive resource for those interested in university-affiliated translational research, proof of concept, and seed gap funds. MTG regularly tracks and reports on over 100 international gap funds.


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