OIP-ISR First Fridays Event: September 05, 2014
Topic: Investor Secrets - What startup investors want...but don't tell you.
Guest Speaker: Terrence Yang, Mentor. Seed Investor.
Mr. Yang's talk will cover:
1. What investors want in preseed and seed stage startups, with war stories and specifics. We will dig into what traction, market, team and barriers means.
2. What investors want in preseed and seed startups using tech transfer from leading research universities like UCLA, Tehcnion and Stanford. We will discuss how to overcome challenges that tend to be more common among tech transfer startups, including:
- being more capital-intensive,
- having terms that do not seem investor friendly,
- a generally weak track record of success monetizing university research,
- being more IP-dependent,
- being more technical and harder to understand, and
- having non-founder CEOs who have not known the university researchers long.
Join us for coffee, bagels and networking the first friday of the month.
Space is limited. Please select the above "Register" button to RSVP.
ABOUT FirstFridays @ OIP-ISR
The UCLA Office of Intellectual Property (OIP) is pleased to host a monthly educational series and mixer called First Fridays @OIP.
The continental breakfast event will occur on the first Friday of every month from 9:00-10:30 in our conference room Suite 210, the Kinross Building.
The purpose of the event is to provide an opportunity for the campus and local communities to come and meet with our staff and interns, to hear a brief presentation on a variety of topics relevant to intellectual property and entrepreneurism at UCLA and to ask questions and network.
We hope that you can join us!
OIP-ISR FIRST FRIDAYS EVENT ARCHIVE
Topic: Fundamentals of Corporate Governance for Entrepreneurs
Speaker: Professor Al Osborne, UCLA Anderson
Dr. Osborne is professor of Global Economics & Management and founder and faculty director of the Harold Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at UCLA. The Price Center serves to organize all faculty research and student activities and curricula related to the study of entrepreneurship and new business development at UCLA Anderson.
July 04 - Canceled Due to the July 4th Holiday
- Announcing UCLA's 1st Annual -
Code For The Mission App Competition
The 1st Annual Code for the Mission App Competition will award cash, prizes and placement in UCLA's app store. Winners will be announced at MMWCON in each of the following categories:
- Exploring the Liberal Arts in the Digital Age
- Tackling the Big Health Problems (Obesity, High blood Pressure, Stress and Mental Health
- Closing the U.S. Education Gap
Theme: Crowdfunding for Entrepreneurs (JOBS Act)
Speaker: Tim Spangler, UCLA School of Law
Bio: Timothy Spangler advises on the structuring and operation of a wide variety of investment funds, including hedge funds, private equity funds, venture capital funds, mezzanine funds, film funds and funds of funds. He has experience forming and structuring funds in numerous jurisdictions, including the United States, the United Kingdom, the Cayman Islands, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, Bermuda, Mauritius, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany and Ireland. He also advises regularly on the ongoing compliance obligations of investment management firms under the U.S. Investment Advisers Act of 1940 and the U.K. Financial Services and Markets Act 2000.
Theme: Bruincubate - Entrepreneurial Resources at UCLA - An introduction to UCLA Entrepreneurship Council members, and the launch of the Bruincubate website.
The Entrepreneurship Council at UCLA is an informal council made up of members from existing groups that offer entrepreneurial services across campus, to all segments to the UCLA community, and at all levels of administration. We stand for the cross-disciplinary promotion of innovation and progress at UCLA to foster a community of entrepreneurship through shared knowledge and support. We connect UCLA to the local community and members of industry.
The Entrepreneurship Council supports the following missions:
- Coordinating the different entrepreneurship organizations across campus
- Co-organizing and sponsoring events - bringing together expertise and knowledge from different disciplines and schools
- Assisting members in finding their co-founders, teams and ideas
- Connecting members putting members in touch with resources across the different organizations and community
- Disseminating innovations at UCLA to community
- Fostering the education of entrepreneurship
As part of the council’s efforts, the website BRUINcubate has been developed to showcase all the groups and resources on campus that can support entrepreneurs.
Theme: University Participation in XPRIZE Competitions
Speaker: Jeff Nerdin, Senior Director, Business Affairs, XPRIZE.org
Founded in 1995, XPRIZE, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is the leading organization solving the world’s “grand challenges” by creating and managing large-scale, high-profile, incentivized prize competitions that stimulate investment in research and development worth far more than the prize itself. The organization motivates and inspires brilliant innovators from all disciplines to leverage their intellectual and financial capital for the benefit of humanity.
XPRIZE conducts competitions in five Prize Groups: Energy & Environment; Exploration; Global Development; Learning; and Life Sciences. Active prizes include the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE, the $10 million Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE, the $2.25 million Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE, and the $2 million Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE. [ XPRIZE.ORG ]
February 07, 2014
Theme: UCLA-Branded Moblie App Development
Speaker: Kat Fibiger, OIP-ISR
Bio: Katherine Fibiger joined UCLA's OIP-ISR in July 2007 as a Licensing Officer. Ms. Fibiger is responsible for managing copyrightable works of authorship created at UCLA and assessing commercialization opportunities. Her responsibilities include handling UCLA copyright permissions requests, reviewing IP language, and negotiating licenses and managing their progress to ensure the licensed works of authorship can be commercialized or made available for the public good. In addition, Ms. Fibiger lectures on Intellectual Property topics including protection and commercialization of university intellectual property. Prior to joining UCLA, Ms. Fibiger was a software developer and information technology consultant for 10 years. Ms. Fibiger obtained a bachelor’s degree in management from Babson College, a Master of Information Science from Boston University, and J.D. and Master of Intellectual Property from the UNH School of Law (Franklin Pierce Law Center).
January 07, 2014
Theme: Canceled due to the Holidays.
Theme: Partnering with Industry and Academia
Speaker: Miles Gerson, OIP-ISR
Bio: Miles Gerson joined UCLA's OIP-ISR in 2012 as the Managing Officer for Business Development. In this role, he serves as public representative for the Office, helping to promote UCLA intellectual property, identify potential industry sponsors, and expand licensing, spin-out & entrepreneurial activity at UCLA. Prior to UCLA, Miles helped to launch Surefire Medical Inc., a medical device company in Colorado, and served as an analyst for multiple investment firms including, High Country Venture, the CSU Management Fund, a venture fund for emerging research at Colorado State University, and Dag Dvergsten AS, a private equity/venture firm based in Oslo, Norway. Miles holds a JD/MBA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he specialized in strategic management in life and engineering sciences, and worked with WARF to help guide the commercialization of academic research. Miles also holds a Bachelors and Masters degree in Neuroscience from Wesleyan University.
Theme: Regulatory Issues for Startup
Speaker: UCLA EIR, Debra Gessner
Debra Gessner has over 25 years of hands-on submissions and management experience in Regulatory Affairs and compliance, including building and heading regulatory, QA Quality and publishing teams, project team leadership, corporate partner management, and due diligence activities. Debra’s regulatory experience encompasses Pre-IND through approval and launch of 5 marketed products. Most recently, Debra spent nearly over four years at Tocagen Inc. as Vice President of Regulatory and Quality Assurance. Her 26 years of drug and biologics development experience comprise VP, Director and Manager-level roles at seven other biotechnology companies in Southern California, including Sirion Therapeutics, Bruin Pharma, Santarus, Collateral Therapeutics, La Jolla Pharmaceutical Co., Viagene, and Gensia. Debra is also actively involved in regulatory teaching and mentoring, having served on the faculty of DIA for over 10 years, as well as speaking and participating in numerous conferences sponsored by UCSD, USD, ASCRP and other professional associations. Debra received an M.Sc. in Regulatory Affairs from San Diego State University, and a B.S. in Medical Technology from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.
Theme: Mobile Apps in Health Sciences
Theme: Product Prototyping at UCLA - Overview of fabrication, machining, and prototyping at UCLA for cutting-edge product design
Guest Speaker: Philip Soderlind, UCLA Architecture and Urban Design
Theme: Crowdfunding Trends in Academia
Speaker: Michael Greenberg, CEO, Scalefunder, Inc.
ScaleFunder, Inc. serves the higher education community with a dynamic and interactive engagement platform that facilitates micro-donations to university projects. This platform combines the worlds of crowdfunding and university development in a revolutionary engagement platform for alumni, friends and supporters. [ http://scalefunder.com ]
July 05 | Theme: Networking only due to July 4th Holiday
June 07 | Theme: Leveraging SBIR/STTR Federal Grant Programs
Speaker: James P. O'Halloran, President, NeuroComp Systems, Inc.
NeuroComp Systems, Inc. has been highly successful in winning research and development support through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) grant program.
May 03 | Theme: Startup UCLA Accelerator - Overview & Latest Developments
Speaker: Robert Jadon, Director, Startup UCLA Accelerator
Bio: Robert Jadon is a technology entrepreneur and investor based in Los Angeles. Robert is currently president of Scale Software, a startup focused on the needs of non-profits, and runs the Startup UCLA Accelerator for web and digital companies.
Robert’s previous company, Micro Memory, was a leader in the storage networking and DSP markets. It was acquired by VMETRO, and subsequently Curtiss Wright (NYSE: CW). After leading various product roles, Robert left to pursue angel investing. Robert is an early investor in AnyMeeting, GotCast, Shift (GraphEffect), TicketMob/LaughStub, Wedgebuster and various other web companies.
Robert is also a manager of the Dauntless Fund, which focuses on consumer-facing web companies, a member of the Tech Coast Angels, and an investor/advisor to the Amplify.la Accelerator based in Venice, CA.
April 05 | Theme: PortTechLA - Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Business Incubator
Bio: As serial entrepreneur, Stan Tomsic's experience in the technology and green/clean tech industries spans over 25 years. He was founder and co-founder of several companies where he held management, executive and CEO positions. Stan was the administrator of the Business Technology Center of Los Angeles County, an accelerator incubator for high technology entrepreneurial companies. He is a partner of ACODA Technology & Investments, LLC, a firm specializing in strategic assistance, business consulting, investments and mergers and acquisitions for technology and services companies. Stan is also a Pasadena Angel, serves as a member of the board of directors and advisors for several technology companies, and is a member of numerous professional organizations. He is chairman emeritus of the Executive Committee of the Caltech/MIT Enterprise Forum, co-founder and chairman of the Business Incubation Network of Southern California (BINS) and co-chair of LA Metro for Cleantech Open. Stan frequently presents and speaks on entrepreneurship, incubation and high tech start-ups.
March 01 – canceled due to AUTM Conference
Feb. 01 | Theme: "Research Funding Resource"
- Funding opportunity databases
- Elements of a strong proposal
- Tips for successful grant-writing
- Research resources at UCLA
Guest Speaker: Jill Sweitzer, Strategic Research Initiatives, UCLA
Jan 04 – canceled due to Holidays
Dec. 7 | Theme: "How UCLA can become an Entrepreneurial School"
Guest Speakers: Howard Marks, StartEngine and Paul Kessler, Bristol Companies
Howard Marks is the founder and co-chair of StartEngine, Los Angeles' largest startup accelerator, determined to make LA a top tech entrepreneurial city. Marks was the founder and CEO of Acclaim Games (now owned by Disney), and the co-Founder of Activision and Chairman of Activision Studios (1991-1997). In 1991, Marks and a partner transformed ailing video game giant Activision into a $14B market cap video game industry leader. Marks has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan, is bilingual and is a triple national of the U.S., United Kingdom, and France, and has over 30 years of experience as a veteran of the technology industry.
Paul Kessler is Co-Chair of Start Engine and is Principal and Founder of Bristol Capital Advisors, LLC. Mr. Kessler has extensive experience in all aspects of financing emerging growth public/private technology and bio technology companies. Mr. Kessler is recognized as a prolific investor, financier, venture capitalist and operator having completed over 500+ investments. Companies that he has directed investments in, founded, or provided early seed capital to include Allis Chalmers, Contango, Cheniere Energy, Derycz Scientific, The Los Angeles Film School, Genesis Biopharma, Miller Energy, Gamzee, and Filter Foundry.
November 02 | Theme: LA’s Startup Ecosystem – at a Tipping Point
Speaker: Adam Winnick, Investor and Entrepreneur
BIO: Adam Winnick is a venture partner with GlenmontWest, a "Micro VC" fund focused on Los Angeles. GlenmontWest is also the principal investor in LA's premier startup accelerator, MuckerLab. Adam is also the CEO and Founder of Subblime, which provides YouTube channels a platform to more easily monetize and engage their audience. Adam was previously the President and Co-founder of iCrete, a LA-based provider of collaboration software for concrete producers and their partners. Adam was also the co-founder of ITU Ventures, a seed stage investment firm based in LA, dedicated to helping commercialize technology from the nation's leading research institutions. Adam has an MBA from Stanford and a BA in Econ from Tufts University. He also grew up in Los Angeles.
October 05 | Theme: Startup UCLA - Phase II
Speaker: Michael Greenberg
Startup UCLA seeks to develop a culture of startup thinking on campus. We strive to connect students with alumni who are successful in the entrepreneurial world; to give students opportunities to learn the basics of startup thinking; and to provide a community in which students can develop and launch their early-stage ideas. With the graduation of our first accelerator class, Startup UCLA is now focusing on a growth strategy for Phase II of the program. Topics to be discussed include:
- Creating a Bruin-centric angel network
- Establishing a student seed fund
- Integration into the UCLA entrepreneurial ecosystem
- Crafting a campus-wide entrepreneurship curriculum
- Building partnerships with the external startup community (i.e. internship pipelines, roadshows, etc.)
September 07 Inaugural Event | Theme: UC Proof of Concept Fund
Speaker: Emily Loughran
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UCLA OIP-ISR Events
The UCLA Office of Intellectual Property and Industry Sponsored Research (OIP-ISR) hosts and co-sponsors seminars, conferences, and networking events designed to help guide UCLA inventors form startups, protecting intellectual property, and develop collaborations with industry.
OIP-ISR events also provide unique opportunities for entrepreneurs and industry executives to meet UCLA faculty researchers developing the next wave of innovation at UCLA.