The AUTM Venture Forum at the 2016 Annual Meeting will include a business plan competition, where academic-affiliated startup companies pitch their business opportunity to a panel of seasoned venture investors for a $10,000 cash prize. The event will provide valuable experience and feedback to our startup finalists.
Criteria for Eligibility The startup must be a legally existing company and have a license or option-to-license with a research institution (university, research hospital, research institute, government laboratory), and the obligated technology must comprise an integral part of the startup’s business focus. Note: There is no territorial limitation on the company’s location. The startup does not need to have received prior professional investment but must be actively seeking funding. Note: Startups that have already received (i) a Series A round, (ii) in excess of $2 million in private investments, or (iii) significant sales revenue in 2015 or before are too advanced and not eligible for this competition. A manager/executive must present the venture pitch, not an inventor/scientist Submit an application online . Executive summaries will be reviewed by the AUTM Venture Review Committee, who will select up to eight semi-finalists.