Webinars

Opus Faveo hosts occasional webinars on venture development and innovation. These give us an opportunity to dive into topics of interest and share findings with a broad audience.  Have a look and let us know what you think.

“Entropy: How to Avoid the Invisible Start-up Killer”

August 2016

There are lots of reasons why start-ups and spin-outs die but one you don’t often hear discussed is “running out of steam”, or “just fizzling out”. But it happens all the time. It’s as if the operational dynamics of a new venture take on the well-known scientific properties of entropy. Want to learn how to guard against it?  In this webinar we provide seven important practices for insuring your new venture, or organization doesn’t just end with a whimper…

The Black Arts: Valuation for Early-Stage Spin-Outs

April 2016

How are university spin-outs and other start-ups valued by investors and venture capital firms? On what basis is a price set for the equity an investor receives? Is there some secret formula? Is it a science, an art, or a little bit of both? And why is it so important for university technology officers to have an understanding of valuation techniques and what underlies them?

Opus Faveo Partners John Dupree, Christian Blackwell and David Overton will discuss valuation techniques, how you can use them to better understand the new venture environment of your university entrepreneurs, and what you can do to make your licensees more successful.

From the Horse’s Mouth… Real Life Tales of a University Tech Spin-out

December 2015

What is it that really drives university researchers to want to start a tech based company? What challenges do they face and how do they overcome them? How hard is it to raise funds? What resources are available? What has surprised them about the process? How could their university be more supportive?

In this month’s webinar Opus Faveo has invited David Arreaga, CEO, and Adrian Avendano, CTO, of one of our portfolio companies, Ares Materials, to discuss their own experience taking an interesting new flexible electronics technology from the laboratory to the marketplace. Join Opus Faveo to hear David and Adrian answer your questions about their own experiences and how they brought Ares Materials to life.

Build It and They Will Come: Interim Executive Entrepreneurs for University Spin-outs

October 2015

One of the biggest concerns for founders and investors in university spin-outs is finding and attracting experienced managers. This is particularly difficult at the very early stages of a new venture. Where do you look for talent? What sort of skills are most important to the success of a new company? How does a new venture obtain top expertise when it doesn’t have the funds to pay a market salary?

That’s Where the Money Is: Funding a University Spin-out

September 2015

With all the news and commentary around the huge amounts of venture capital being invested in new companies and the massive valuations for some technology start-ups, one might think that seed financing for university spin-outs should be quick and easy. It isn’t.

Funding a university technology spin-out takes considerable planning, work, and time. But knowing what to expect can be a powerful advantage. So whether you are a faculty researcher, a commercialization officer or an innovation agent in your university, you are invited to join Opus Faveo at our September Webinar: “That’s Where the Money Is: Funding a University Spin-out”. You’ll learn about the world of seed financing and hear from the experience of some of our own Opus Faveo portfolio companies.

From Concept to Consideration: Creating a University Spin-out

July 2015

Most universities have star researchers whose unique technology platforms deserve serious consideration as a university spin-out. But creating new companies is so difficult, uncertain and complex that often universities either attempt to license derivative patents to an established company or simply allow opportunities to languish instead of exploiting the entrepreneurial opportunities that the technology platform offers.

But what if creating new university spin-outs could be demystified both for the university and for the researcher? On July 22nd Opus Faveo will be hosting a 30 minute webinar entitled “From Concept to Consideration: Creating a University Spin-Out”. Specifically designed for university administrators, research directors, technology transfer officers and individual research faculty members, this webinar will give you new perspectives on what has to happen to get a concept to the point where it can be seriously considered by potential customers, venture capital sources and supply chain partners.

Based on Opus Faveo’s experience creating spin-outs, we will discuss viability assessment, sequencing activities, attracting investment, building management teams, deploying university resources and a host of other topics all from the perspective of company builders. The webinar will be geared toward non-business professionals and will use examples from our own Opus Faveo spin-out portfolio.

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