• Submission Categories
    • Seed and Startup: 5+ years from M&A, Exit, or IPO
    • Series A & B: 2-4 years from M&A, Exit, or IPO
    • Exit: less than 2 years from M&A, Exit, or IPO
  • Recognition as one of the Best University Startups for 2017
  • Access to leading Fortune 500/Global 1000 Corporate Venture Capitalists and Open Innovation, VCs, and Angels
  • Presentation slot at the University Startups Demo Day in October
  • Two complimentary passes for company management
  • Company Profile published in event guide distributed to all attendees and investors
  • Know More: watch video of USDD webinar here

FOR IP/TECHNOLOGIES: Featured Benefits

  • Feedback and scoring of technology for market alignment and relevance to industry
  • Top scoring IP to be featured in IP2Startup IP Book
  • Know More: watch the IP2Startup webinar here


The USDD presents an unprecedented opportunity for corporate open innovation and venturing groups, VCs, and angels to discover, review, partner with, and fund university startups.

Every six months, the University Startups Demo Day engages with over 100 universities to accept 200 of their best university startups to be scored by a Corporate Selection Committee consisting of Fortune 500 companies. These double-curated startups by academia and industry represent the very top startups coming out of American universities that are industry aligned. (See below a partial list of our Corporate Selection Committee)

The University Startups Demo Day is in addition to our innovative "University IP Into University Startups" program, where we provide Fortune 500 companies an effective way to identify university technologies that correspond to business unit needs that can be commercialized by entrepreneurs. We then work with the universities to place the identified IP into university startups. Our Investor Roadshow program provides funding for select Demo Day companies that develop towards corporate milestones over 2-7 years from the IP2Start and Demo Day programs.

Dates and Deadlines

1. Submission of University Startups (Apply Early. We are only accepting a maximum of 200 applications in total for this round.*)
  • Early Submission Deadline – July 14, 2017 (CLOSED)
  • Final Submission Deadline – August 25, 2017 (CLOSED)
* Submissions beyond the 200 limit will be forwarded for submission for the next scheduled University Startups Demo Day

2. Committee Scoring and Selection
  • First batch - August 18, 2017 (first batch of companies selected)*
  • Second batch - September 15, 2017 (second batch of companies selected)
* Submissions not selected in the first round will be automatically re-submitted and included in the second selection round.

3. Invitations to Companies presenting in Demo Day
  • First batch: August 25, 2017
  • Second batch: September 18, 2017


IP2Startups and USDD Corporate Selection Committee Pool Includes:

Abbvie - Pharmaceuticals | Air Products - Specialized Chemicals | Amway - Health, Beauty and Home Care | Astra Zeneca - Pharmaceuticals | Barilla - Food Processing | BASF - Diversified Chemicals | BMW - Auto & Truck Manufacturers | Dassault Systemes - Software & Programming | DuPont - Chemicals | Eastman Chemical Company - Specialized Chemicals | Eli Lilly and Co. - Pharmaceuticals | Evonik - Specialty chemicals | Faurecia - Automotive parts manufacturing | GlaxoSmithKline - Pharmaceuticals | Huntsman - Chemical products | Hyundai - Auto & Truck Manufacturers | IBM - Computer Services | Johnson & Johnson - Medical Equipment & Supplies | Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of J&J - Pharmaceuticals | Kärcher - home and industrial cleaning equipment | M Ventures (Merck KGaA) - Healthcare, Life Sciences, Performance Materials | Medline - Medical and Surgical Supplies | Michelman - Coatings for Printing and Packaging | Pepsico - Beverages and Foods | Pfizer - Pharmaceuticals | Praxair - Industrial Gases | Printpack - Packaging Solutions | SABIC - Chemicals | Saint-Gobain - Construction Materials | Sanofi - Pharmaceuticals | Schlumberger - Oil Services & Equipment | Sony - Consumer Electronics | The J.M. Smucker Company - Food Processing | Ultratech - Semiconductors and Nanotechnology | Unilever - Household/Personal Care | Western Digital Capital - Computer Storage Devices

Do you want to be part of the Selection Committee? Click here.

Webinar Videos

2016 Demo Day Highlights

Eligibility and Submission Notes


The search is on for the Best University Startups of 2017. Startups from universities all over the country are invited to submit and be considered to present, meet, and network with Global 1000 and Fortune 500 corporations, angels, VCs, and SBIR program managers at the 3rd University Startups Demo Day on October 16 and 17, 2017 in Washington, DC.
- You must be a startup. If you are not a startup, but a research project with IP owned by the university, submit your information here:
- Only open to universities and startups/companies from U.S. Canada, and Mexico.
- Your company should be affiliated with a university. Companies may self-nominate but indicate a university Startup Officer for verification. A Startup Officer is a university employee that helps create and support startups.
- The information you submit will be shared internally by NCET2 among the staff and the Corporate Selection Committee. DO NOT enter any proprietary or confidential information. NCET2 and the members of the Corporate Selection Committee will not sign non-disclosure agreements or any similar documents.
- If selected, the company representative and the university Startup Officer must both be present for the University Startups Demo Day in Washington, D.C.


Submit 5-10 IP/Technologies to be reviewed and scored by our selection committee. Top scoring IP will be included in the IP Book under the IP2Startup Program.
- The information that you submit is for IP that is owned by the university.
- Submissions are limited to issued patents or provisional patents.
- DO NOT enter any proprietary or confidential information. NCET2 and the members of the Corporate Selection Committee will not sign non-disclosure agreements or any similar documents.
- The information you provide will be published in an IP Book that will be made available to NCET2's network.

Global 1000 and Fortune 500 Corporations

We are looking to expand our pool of Fortune 500/Global 1000 Selection Committee.
Join Selection Committee

How do corporates participate?

  • Email Ria Ancheta-Adrias at
  • This form must be filled out for those wanting to participate in the Corporate Selection Committee
  • There can be more than one representative per corporation
  • Download the scoring sheet

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