Demo Day Agenda

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Selection Committee

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Technology Areas

This year's technology areas

About the University Startups Demo Day

* Please note we are NO LONGER using the National Press Club and the entire event is being held at the U.S. Capitol.

The National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer (NCET2) will hold its inaugural University Startups Demo Day (USDD) at the National Press Club and Congress in Washington, DC on September 20, 2016.

The USDD provides an unprecedented opportunity for corporate open innovation and venturing groups, VCs, and angels to discover, review, partner with, and fund university startups. At the same time, it raises awareness in Congress of the pivotal role that universities play in the formation of high potential startups, the creation of high value jobs across the country, and overall national competitiveness.

The USDD will showcase thirty-five (35) of the best university startups in specific technology areas. Selected by their universities, and scored by corporates, angels, and VCs, the top scoring university startups will be invited to present at the National Press Club in the first part of the day. During the second part of the day, the companies will meet and have photo ops with their senators and representatives at Congress.

The startups will be evaluated and scored by the Selection Committee, comprised of corporates, angels, and VCs, based on (1) corporate interest, and (2) venture metrics.


Listen to 5 current and former corporate scouts and VCs talk about the USDD and why universities and fellow corporates should participate

Dates and Deadlines

1. Submission of University Startups
  • Early Submission – June 20 CLOSED
  • Final Submission – July 18 (Accepting a maximum of 200 startups in total) CLOSED
2. Selection Committee Scoring

Scoring and selection is currently ongoing
  • Early Selection (first 18 companies selected) – August 5*
  • Final Selection (remaining 17 companies selected) – August 26
* Early submissions not selected in the first round will be automatically re-submitted and included in the final selection round.

3. Invitations to Highest Scoring Companies
  • Early Invitations – August 8 (Click here to see the first 18 companies)
  • Final Invitations – August 29

Universities and Startups

Submit your university startup and be one of the 35 to present, live at the National Press Club. DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: JULY 18
Submit a startup
To be eligible:
  • The company must be affiliated with a university. Companies may self-nominate but indicate a university affiliation for verification.
  • Only companies that submit online will be considered officially entered to the USDD process.
  • The company must be legally incorporated.
  • If selected, the company and the affiliated university must be willing and able to travel to Washington, DC on September 20, 2016
  • If you have questions about the eligibility requirements, please email us at
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Global 1000 and Fortune 500 Corporations

For Global 1000 and Fortune 500 Corporations that want to be part of the Selection Committee. See all the startups submitted in your technology area.
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How do corporates participate?

  • Be part of the Selection Committee Fill-out the corporate information form to indicate what you are looking for and the technology areas that interest you
  • This form must be filled out for those wanting to participate in the Selection Committee or coming to the Demo Day on September 20
  • There can be more than one representative per corporation
  • Download the scoring sheet