University Startups Conference 2008:
"Powering the Innovation Economy By
Creating and Funding University Startups"

A National Conference

October 1-3, 2008
Washington Convention Center
Washington, D.C.

Opening Reception at the Embassy of Greece
October 1, 2008



The National University Startups Conference will take place October 2-3, 2008 at the Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC. with a pre-conference reception at the Embassy of Greece on October 1, 2008.

The University Startups Conference is a unique conference series dedicated exclusively to creating and funding globally-competitive, venture-backable university startups. We bring together universities creating startups with VCs, angel investors and Fortune 500 technology scouts funding them. The conference also includes NSF and NIH and other government agencies working on improving the Innovation Economy by increasing the quality and quantity of startups coming out of universities.

We're Going International

The National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer is partnering with the Science and Technology officials at the varioius Washington Embassies to include more international universities, investors and corporations in Council programs and activities. To commemorate our new partnership with our international colleagues, we are very pleased to announce that we have added an opening reception to the conference for the evening of October 1 hosted by the Embassy of Greece.

The Conference is organized annually by the National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer ( This year's University Co-Hosts are the Columbia University (Science & Technology Ventures) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The Government Co-Hosts are the National Science Foundation (Office of Industrial Innovation and Partnership) and National Institutes of Health (Office of Tech Transfer). The Embassy Host is the Embassy of Greece.

Tony Stanco, executive director of National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer, said "we are very proud to have Columbia University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison as University Co-Hosts of the National Startups Conference this year. It continues our tradition of partnering with very strong universities that have excellent university startup creation and funding activities to produce a very unique conference series."

David Lerner, Director - New Ventures at Columbia's Science & Technology Ventures said "Start-ups and enabling academic entrepreneurship are an integral aspect of Columbia’s mission of commercializing its intellectual property. The October conference is a terrific forum that enables universities, entrepreneurs and investors from around the country to showcase some of their most promising start-up opportunities and exchange information on best practices along the way.

Allen Dines, Assistant Director, Office of Corporate Relations, University of Wisconsin-Madison, said "In a constantly changing world, cutting-edge practices can quickly become legacies of the past. Thus we embrace the opportunity afforded by the National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer's annual National University Startups Conference to bring together the best practitioners in this field to fine-tune, re-think and learn from others."

The venture capital sponsors are the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) and the Strategic Venture Association (SVA). The Angel Group sponsor is the uAngels, a national angel group focusing on funding university startups.Other Key Sponsors include: Andrews Kurth, Kenyon & Kenyon LLP, Miles & Stockbridge PC, Quarles & Brady, and Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C.

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