Global Research


"If we don't empirically understand what creates more success in commercial innovation,
we will struggle to get better at creating it."

Our venture development activities led us to create the IDEA Institute, as we realized that most research into innovation was academic, and practitioners, investors and policy makers were biased to practical trial and error. The research activities of the IDEA Institute are focused on bridging the gap between the academic and the practical in innovation.

Current Research

Released Reports:

Energy Transformation Trends and Drivers 1990-2040

The global economy depends on energy. Access to low-cost and abundant energy, most of it based on fossil fuels, has enabled rapid economic progress among developed nations over the past century. As development progresses and global incomes increase, and as that progress expands to include more of the global population the demand for energy will also grow, by a projected 42% in the next 25 years.

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University Technology Commercialization Survey: Final Report

13590068763_4e52dd6bd9_hUniversities want to have an impact. Moreover, they place a high priority on the role of their technology commercialization efforts in achieving that impact, measured through the creation of economic and other societal benefits. Political leaders, voters, donors and other stakeholders want to know what return they can we expect on university research and development investments.

In late 2014 Opus Faveo surveyed leaders within the Office of Technology Transfer, Office of Research, and Office of the Provost and received responses from over 90 universities in the U.S. and Canada. Their perspectives highlighted important trends in university technology commercialization. This report is available for purchase and download.Continue reading

University Technology Commercialization Survey: Excerpts

8034435539_4533f2215e_zFollowing up on the development of the Opus Faveo Innovation Impact™ Score, Opus Faveo conducted a detailed survey of technology commercialization practices and views among the top 200 research institutions in the U.S. and Canada. Our findings provide important new information for leaders and key stakeholders of universities, medical schools, hospitals and other research institutions. This report is available for purchase and download.

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Upcoming Analyses:

University Technology Commercialization

Opus Faveo is conducting ongoing analysis of technology commercialization policy in leading research universities, medical schools, hospitals, and other research institutions globally through a series of research studies. This analysis is examining both the goals and the effectiveness of technology commercialization efforts. The research path includes:

  • Analysis of publicly-stated goals for technology commercialization (Complete)
  • Creation of the Opus Faveo Innovation Impact™ Score and the related determination of key drivers for creating impact from research in such institutions, beginning with the U.S. and Canada. (Complete)
  • Detailed profiles of leading institutions (Ongoing)
  • Creation of database of leaders with commercialization responsibility in U.S. and Canada (Complete)
  • Analysis of start-up ecosystems in leading institutions (Phase 1 Complete)
  • Interviews with administration, faculty and technology commercialization professionals at institutions in the US and Canada (Ongoing)
  • In-depth surveys of insitutions (Phase 1 complete)
  • Addition of institutions in Mexico to knowledge base (In Process)
  • Addition of institutions in Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America and Africa to knowledge base

Opus Faveo will be releasing reports on this research periodically.  Some findings will not be released publicly, but are available for Opus Faveo CI² clients.

What Is Venture Development?

Boston ConstructionOpus Faveo is studying the rise of venture development as a practice globally. The lengthy analysis asks the question: Is Venture Development something new? The research looks at current examples of venture development forms internationally, as well as comparing it to traditional venture capital, start-up accelerators and incubators.

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