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Building an IP-based Technology Venture

March 8, 2019 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm


Are you thinking about patenting your research and starting a technology venture?

Are you wondering who owns the intellectual property, how to get commercial rights, and who is going to invest in you?

Before long, the list of questions gets longer…

  • how to negotiate IP access; what are fair and reasonable deal terms
  • license vs. assign;
  • equity vs. cash considerations…
  • what’s the university’s role, what are their expectations and can they help me
  • what does an early stage investor needs to see before investing in you

Come join us for a FREE Lunch & Learn where Kirsten Leute (SVP, Osage University Partners) shares her perspectives and experiences on how US-based universities and their start-ups do it.


11:30am – 12:00pm – Lunch
12:00 – 1:00pm – Talk
1:00 – 1:30pm – Q&A + Networking


Osage University Partners (OUP) invests in startups developing pioneering technologies in partnership with the top research institutions in the US and abroad. Since 2009, OUP has been the most active venture capital investor in university startups, and has backed over 80 of the best and most exciting companies based on university research. We work with entrepreneurs, technology transfer professionals, and top administrators who are integral to the university startup ecosystem’s success.

Kirsten Leute is responsible for the relationships with the more than 90 academic institutions that are partnered with the fund, engaging potential new partner institutions, and enhancing and creating value-add programs for the partnered academic institutions.

Kirsten is an experienced technology transfer professional, spending 19 years. Prior to joining OUP, she was Associate Director at Stanford’s Office of Technology Licensing. Over her career at Stanford, she managed portfolios of inventions across various technology areas.


Innovations & Partnerships Office (IPO)


Suite 150, 100 College Street
Toronto, Ontario M5G 1L5
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