The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Startup Know-How Talks Series

Spring 2021

Apr 22 2021 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

The assumption that starting a new venture and licensing to a large company to commercialize university research/inventions are distinctly different paths is often wrong. The more likely case is that a startup will need to de-risk the technology to the point at which it will attract potential partners and/or licensees. This panel will examine basic elements of this process from the founder and industry executive perspectives.

Spring 2021

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Securing Your Seed Round

Charles Johnson, Isenberg School of Management and Maroon Venture Partners, UMass Amherst

Jennifer Griffin-VP, Industry Strategy and Investments, Massachusetts Life Sciences Center
Liz Roberts-Catalyst Fund & Impact Investments, MassMutual
Matthew Whitehead-Partner, Feinberg Hanson LLC

Relevant Links (PDF)

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Apply for and Win SBIR/STTR Support for Your Startup

Karen Utgoff, IALS Venture Development and I-Corps @ UMass Amherst, UMass Amherst

Julie Bliss Mullen-CEO and founder, Aclarity Water
Daniel Lilly-Small Business Innovation Research Advisor, Massachusetts Small Business Development Center
Julian Lustig-Gonzalez-Cofounder and VP Finance, AuCoDe
Vinit Nijhawan-Managing Director, MassVentures

Fall 2020

Thursday, September 24, 2020

How to Create a UMass Startup

Ling Shen, Senior Licensing Officer, Technology Transfer Office

Jennifer Donais-Assistant Vice Chancellor Compliance and Support Services
Thomas Ferguson-Licensing Associate, Technology Transfer Office
Barbara Osborne-UMass scientist-entrepreneur (Veterinary & Animal Sciences)
Karen Utgoff-Director IALS Venture Development and I-Corps @ UMass Amherst

Thursday, October 29, 2020

What Founders Need to Know About Startup Law Before They Have a Startup Attorney

Karen Utgoff, Director IALS Venture Development and I-Corps @ UMass Amherst

Matt Whitehead, Attorney, Feinberg Hanson LLP
Julie Bliss Mullen, CEO and founder, Aclarity Water
Kenneth Carter, Professor, Polymer Science & Engineering and faculty entrepreneur
Rilwan Meeran, Portfolio Manager, Impact Investments, MassMutual

Thursday, November 19, 2020

What University Researchers Need to Know About IP Strategy Before They Create a Spin-Out Venture

Paulina Borrego, Patent & Trademark Research Center and Science & Engineering Librarian, UMass Amherst

Burnley Jaklevic, Interim Director and Senior Licensing Officer, Technology Transfer Office, UMass Amherst
Tani Chen, Counsel, Wolf Greenfield
Nele Van Dessel, CoFounder and CSO, Ernest Pharmaceuticals
Steve Willis, Investment Committee, Maroon Fund
Josh Stockwell, Associate Counsel - Research & Intellectual Property, UMass President’s Office

Additional Resources

Startup Navigator–Helping founders to navigate, especially for first-time pre-startup and startup teams, how to successfully go from concept through to commercialization.