Leadership Forum

The Conversation: An AUTM Leadership Forum

(*Tentative agenda, program subject to change)

 Tuesday, August 27

7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Breakfast on Your Own (Coffee and Tea Service Available)
8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Collaborating Across Your Institution
Effective collaboration across university units helps facilitate a robust innovation ecosystem. We'll discuss ways to incentivize cooperation, data sharing and alignment across verticals including technology transfer, sponsored projects, industry engagement, economic development, alumni relations, development, the business school, and entrepreneurial support organizations (e.g. SBDC).
9:30 - 10 a.m. Networking Break
10 - 11 a.m. A Focus on Unique Programs Making an Impact
We work with innovators, but we are also innovators ourselves. We must remain programmatically innovative in our approach to technology transfer and venture creation to stay ahead and keep improving our craft. This session will highlight some unique and innovative approaches that are finding success, including how they were ideated, developed, and approved and/or funded. The goal will be to help others benchmark and determine if these unique approaches could also be explored at their own institutions. In addition to pre-identified unique programs, this session will create an open mic for others to share their unique programs and innovative solutions they believe others should/could explore.
11 - 11:15 a.m. Break
11:15 a.m. -
12:15 p.m.
Expand Your Impact with Venture Studios
The venture studio model presents exciting opportunities for university venture creation and development. By licensing technologies to private venture studios, university technology can access mentorship networks, funding resources, and management expertise to launch and scale new companies with tailored support. Alternatively, universities can create an in-house startup studio empowering students and faculty from ideation through spinout. Let's discuss the potential of the venture studio model and how to best collaborate with an existing studio or craft a customized program for your institution.
12:15 – 1:15 p.m.  Lunch
1:15 - 2 p.m. Ambassador Programs - Extending Your Reach
Extending your reach with faculty, volunteers and increasing IDFs with tech transfer offices expanding their roles and responsibilities across campus, it can be challenging to maintain a high level of faculty engagement in all departments. To address this challenge, new programs for training faculty to be the front-line eyes and ears of the TLO are forming at multiple universities. Learn how several universities have partnered to develop an “Ambassador” program at their institutions for training select faculty to provide their colleagues with peer-delivered information and guidance related to innovation, entrepreneurship, and policy across campus.
2 – 3 p.m. Engines/Tech Hubs Grants: Tech Innovation Partnerships
3 – 3:30 p.m. Networking Break
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Partnering with National Accelerator Programs
Completing a top-tier accelerator can be a difference maker for a startup. Founders can find mentorship, a first check, investor introductions, and the guidance and accountability toward early commercialization milestones. These accelerators are selective and can be competitive to access, yet many are beginning to partner closely with universities. Let's hear from some of our peers who have partnered beyond mere referral of startups, and understand the partnership models, costs, and outcomes. We'll also commit plenty of time to go beyond the panelists and have particpation and insights from the full group.
4:30 - 4:45 p.m. Break
4:45 - 5:45 p.m. Closing Out Day 1: Open Session
To close out Day 1, your moderators will host an open session so you have an opportunity to solicit feedback from your peers about your biggest challenges.
5:45 – 7 p.m. Networking Reception
Casually mix, mingle, and network. Continue to analyze a topic from the afternoon, advance an existing discussion or deal, or initiate a brand-new collaboration. The possibilities are endless.

Wednesday, August 28

7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Breakfast on Your Own (Coffee and Tea Service Available)
8:30 - 9:30 a.m. New Metrics - How to Change the Story
Explore the evolving narrative of university tech transfer metrics. Traditional metrics like licensing income and patents issued no longer fully define success. Our panel of innovators will discuss new metrics capturing broader impacts, such as startup success, societal impact, research awards, etc. The focus is on including both financial outcomes and holistic value creation. Insights on implementing and communicating these metrics to stakeholders will be shared as well as front line tactics to ensure teams are moving the right direction.
9:30 - 10 a.m.  Networking Break
10 - 11 a.m. Much Ado About Staffing
11 - 11:15 a.m. Break
11:15 a.m -
12:15 p.m.
Surviving Ecosystem Reorganizations
Universities create complex operating environments with many stakeholders. In this session we will discuss experiences that TTOs have when changes occur in the universty innovation ecosystem, outsde of just the TTO. Perhaps a new Chief Innovation officer position was created with the mission to re-imagine, rework or rerorganize various aspects of the innovation environment that includes the TTO. Join us for real world examples and advice on surviving and thriving these ecosystem reorganizations.
12:15 - 2 p.m. Networking Lunch
2 - 3 p.m. Beyond Venture Development
3 - 3:30 p.m. Networking Break  
3:30 - 4:30 p.m. What If Things Go South Scenarios  
4:30 - 5 p.m. Closing Out the New Conversation: Report Out and Feedback
To close out The Conversation, your moderators will recap themes and highlights from our expert panels, attendees, and challenge sessions --and you'll have the opportunity to share your experiences.

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