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Call for Nominations for the University Startups Showcase

Nominations now open for the University Startups Showcase (USS)

Nominate your best startups to present to the nation’s premier investors

Access and fill-out the USS Nomination Form by clicking here:


Deadline for nominations is September 21, 2012

The National Council on Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer (NCET2) seeks nominations from universities to promote their best startups and have them present to the nation’s premier investors (see preliminary list below) as part of the University Startups Showcase (USS).


The USS will showcase the best university startup companies, as nominated by the country’s major research universities, to leading venture capitalists, angel investors, strategic corporate investors and SBIR program managers.

The USS Virtual Showcase will be held online from October 2012 to February 2013, and the USS In-Person Showcase will be held on March 22, 2013 at the University Startups Conference in Washington, DC.

The USS is organized by NCET2, and supported by the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) and the University-Industry Demonstration Project (UIDP).


We invite university startups in all fields, including but not limited to:

• Chemical/Materials
• Electronics
• Energy
• Environmental
• Healthcare/Biotech
• Industrial
• Information Technology
• Manufacturing
• Media/Communications
• Software/Services


Nominated university startups will present to investors in a 2-hour weekly Virtual Showcase with each company provided time to give a 10-minute live, online presentation. Startup companies will be grouped into industry categories and will be assigned a specific date/time to present.

Companies presenting in the Virtual Showcase will be viewed and scored by angel investors, venture capitalists, Global 1000 companies and SBIR program managers.

Participating investors are encouraged to contact companies they are interested in at any time after the online presentations to arrange onsite visits. This will permit the nominating university to highlight other university companies which might interest the visiting investors.

The top 10 scoring companies will be invited to present in an In-Person Showcase on March 22, 2013 at the University Startups Conference in Washington, DC.


1. Increased exposure of the university’s startup ecosystem to Global 1000 companies, angel investors, SBIR program managers and venture capitalists

2. Increased investor visits to the university to view companies and technologies

3. Highlighting university commercialization capabilities to federal and state university funders


1. Exposure to Global 1000 companies, angel investors, SBIR program managers and venture capitalists for investment or strategic relationship

2. Next round of financial support

3. Scored feedback in critical areas from Global 1000 companies, angel investors, SBIR program managers and venture capitalists

Preliminary list of participating companies and investors:

• Access Bridge Gap Ventures
• Acero Capital
• Allied Minds
• Blue Tree Allied Angels
• DFJ Mercury
• Dow Chemical Company
• Early Stage Partners LP
• Faurecia
• Flybridge Partners
• IHI Inc
• Honda
• General Motors
• Grotech Capital Group
• Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
• Livingston Securities
• Lockheed Martin
• Mid-Atlantic Venture Association
• Monsanto
• Motorola Solutions Venture Capital
• National Venture Capital Association
• New Venture Partners LLC
• Novo Nordisk
• Osage Partners
• Procter & Gamble
• Reckitt Benckiser
• SBIR Program Managers
• Siemens
• Silicon Valley Bank
• STNewVentures
• Synchrony Venture Management
• University-Industry Demonstration Partnership
• Verizon Communications

Please contact uss@ncet2.org for more information, or visit the University Startups Showcase webpage at http://center.ncet2.org/uss
National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer (NCET2)

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