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Executive Director, Office of Technology Transfer & Innovation
Posting STA005422

Established in 1927, the University of Houston empowers students in their pursuit of learning, discovery, leadership and engagement. Located in a sprawling metropolis, our premier Tier One campus provides students with cutting edge programs including undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, distance and continuing education. Ranked among the best colleges in America, UH is home to award-winning faculty, innovative research centers, has one of the most diverse student populations in the nation, and alumni who have become international leaders.

Leads the Office of Technology Transfer and Innovation and oversees the technology transfer activities at the University of Houston; promotes the generation of Intellectual Property (IP), manages the University’s extensive IP portfolio, licenses IP to existing companies and startups, supports the formation of startups, and the eventual commercialization of technology.

  • Increase the Commercialization of UH IP: Establish and maintain a technology transfer process to ensure optimal monetization of the IP portfolio. This includes preparation of marketing plans, valuation, and negotiating/executing licenses and options.
  • Increase Industry Sponsored Research: Build relationships with and serve as a primary point of contact with potential industrial partners, including the protection of UH IP through involvement in research contracts with industry. Provide input to the Office of Contracts and Grants (OCG) on business and IP terms prior to OCG executing industry sponsored research agreements.
  • Ensure effective operation and stewardship of UH IP assets: Convene the Faculty Senate appointed IP Committee for recommendation and approval of IP, oversee management of the UH patent portfolio (300+ patents) and selection of outside counsel for patent prosecution (approximately $2m/year spend).
  • Increase the number of UH startups: Provide guidance and mentoring to faculty and student start-ups that are part of the innovation enterprise. This includes providing training and ensuring an effective interface with the Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship (WCE).
  • Ensure effective operation of the innovation ecosystem at the Technology Bridge. This includes marketing the facilities/capabilities, sub-leasing space in the Technology Bridge buildings 4 and 5 to external companies, developing a suite of incubation capabilities (ex: accounting and legal advice) available to startups, and helping identify funding opportunities.
  • Increase the Generation of IP: Develop patent portfolios and intellectual property with faculty, research staff, and students, and provide early stage feedback on potential licensing opportunities.
  • Perform other duties as required.

Requirements:
Requires singular knowledge of a specialized advanced professional discipline or the highest level of general business knowledge, normally acquired through attainment of a directly job-related terminal degree or equivalent formal training in a recognized field of specialization that is directly related to the type of work being performed.

Requires a minimum of ten (10) years of directly job-related experience.

Application Process: Interested candidates must complete the on-line application. Posting number STA005422. All UH positions can be found on our website at https://uhs.taleo.net/careersection. Candidates must include a resume, cover letter, and a list of references with names and contact information in addition to the on-line application.

The University of Houston strives to be an employer of choice by offering a full range of benefits to our full-time staff members. Tuition scholarships, a retirement plan, dental and full medical coverage are only a few of the benefits offered to employees at the University of Houston. From our award winning faculty to our active student body, UH offers the most diverse research university in the country.

The University of Houston is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. Minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Additionally, the University prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

 

 

 

 

 

Director, Center for Entrepreneurship & Social Impact Instructor

We are seeking a motivated, engaged, and socially-minded leader to serve as the Director for the Center for Entrepreneurship & Social Impact. The Center’s mission is to support entrepreneurship and innovation, and as such, the director will be central to enabling and maintaining connections to Chicago’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, organizing programs and events to create cross-disciplinary engagement in entrepreneurship across the campus, and facilitating students’ entrepreneurial success via mentorship. The director will also teach two courses each semester and manage the Creativity & Empathy Lab.

The successful candidate will be a seasoned professional with significant experience and leadership in entrepreneurship and innovation, ideally in both academic and business settings. They will have a history of innovation in a traditional corporate enterprise, 2) track record of entrepreneurship; including starting a business, fundraising and managing a P&L, and 3) created a social impact strategy that was adopted by either a for-profit or non-profit organization. They will have demonstrated outstanding interpersonal, communication, and team building skills and the ability to develop relationships and collaborate with entrepreneurs, potential donors, media, faculty, and other internal and external stakeholders. A master’s degree or PhD is required, as is the ability to deliver high quality educational experiences in entrepreneurship and social impact.

Northern Illinois University & the College of Business

Northern Illinois University (NIU) is a regional public university located approximately 60 miles west of Chicago in DeKalb, IL.  NIU is nationally ranked for ROI value and social mobility, and it is recognized for providing our 18,000 students with personal, career, and life skills. The College of Business at NIU is among an elite 4% of business schools worldwide to hold AACSB International accreditation at all levels: baccalaureate, master, and accounting. Business students have the opportunity to choose from among six undergraduate programs, five graduate disciplines, as well as numerous minor and certificate programs to meet their academic and career goals.

Required Applicant Documents

  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Transcript
  4. List of References

Please submit application documents to Sarah Marsh at [email protected] Review of completed applications will begin on May 20; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filledFor additional information please contact Sarah Marsh ([email protected]).

 

EEO Statement and Visa Policy

In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, regulations and orders pertaining to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document from upon hire.

 

Activation Capital, a catalyst for the entrepreneurial and innovation community headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, seeks an energetic, dynamic, and visionary leader to become its next Executive Director and President/CEO (CEO).

The Richmond Region is a vibrant and growing community with nearly 1.3 million people, gaining 30 net new people daily. Its stable and diverse economy includes Fortune 1000 headquarters, ranking second for the total number of firms compared to its peer cities. Activation Capital has built its success serving as a key resource in addressing the gaps within the greater Richmond innovation ecosystem.

The CEO will build on Activation Capital’s success, furthering the scope and impact of the innovation community not only in the Central Virginia/Capital City region, but also through furthering the organization’s presence more broadly in the Commonwealth of Virginia. This includes articulating a strategy for the next phase of the organization’s growth, positioning Activation Capital as the model for the Commonwealth, advancing existing relationships across the innovation and entrepreneurial community, and developing a talented, high-performing team.

The CEO is accountable for continued growth according to plan, as well as working cross-functionally with other Activation Capital leaders to execute on the overall vision. This leader will be responsible for the continued transformation of Activation Capital and will regularly interface with entrepreneurs, stakeholders of the innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem, corporate and academic partners, as well as elected and administrative officials at the local, state, and federal levels.

The ideal candidate will have a working knowledge of, and expertise in, supporting the creation, development, and expansion of successful advanced-technology companies, and a strong understanding of the business start-up environment. A proven leader with exceptional communication skills, the next CEO will be creative, strategic, adaptable, and nimble.

Activation Capital has engaged Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist with this search. Inquiries, nominations, and applications should be directed in confidence to:

www.imsearch.com/7209

Andrew Lee, Partner

Laura Uvena, Senior Associate

Isaacson, Miller

1300 19th Street, NW, Suite 700

Washington, DC 20036

 

Activation Capital is an equal opportunity employer.

 

 

 

 

Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR)
Position Description

Reports to Director, SC Academic Innovations (SCAI)
Supervises Others No
Employment Type Part-time (20 hours a week)
Travel Requirements Moderate, mostly within the state
Location Greenville or Clemson

South Carolina Research Authority (SCRA) was chartered in 1983 by the State of South Carolina as a public, non-profit corporation, to fuel South Carolina’s innovation economy by supporting entrepreneurs, enabling academic research and its commercialization, and connecting industry to innovators. Through SCAI, select early-stage companies with academic affiliations are provided mentoring, networking, and grants. The SCAI EIR will coach Client Companies with the objective of ultimately being accepted into the next phase of SCRA support – the SC Launch program.

SCAI Client Companies must be:

1) based in South Carolina (SC) with more than 50% of their payroll in SC;
2)either advancing intellectual property from an SC academic institution of higher learning or founded by a faculty member from an SC academic institution;
3)developing technology with intellectual property in the Advanced Materials/Manufacturing, Information Technology, or Life Sciences sectors.

Position Description:

The Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) is responsible for providing expert advice and mentoring to entrepreneurs, facilitating company development for potential SC Launch Program candidates, and providing guidance to companies on securing Academic Startup Assistance Program (ASAP) and SBIR/STTR Matching Grant funding. This position will serve academic startups in the Upstate region of South Carolina. The EIR will partner with key stakeholders and assist in growing the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the state. The EIR will work one-on-one with entrepreneurs, coaching them in the development and execution of their business plans and pitch decks. The EIR will be responsible for introductions to potential sources of funding, additional business advisors, and resources, if needed. The EIR will also provide guidance on business strategies and securing funding from both investors and grants. Successful candidates will be seasoned entrepreneurs, business executives, and/or investors with accomplished business backgrounds.

 

Essential Functions:

  • Evaluate and assess the business potential of prospective Client Companies and provide recommendations for applying for SCAI funding, when timely and appropriate.
  • Cultivate and advise Client Companies in strategic areas that foster development and growth of the companies.
  • Coordinate with SC Launch Investment Managers regarding milestones to be achieved to qualify for subsequent graduation to SC Launch
  • With SC Launch EIRs, convene sector- and skills-based subject matter experts to help cultivate startup talent and advisory services support.
  • Develop and support the delivery of educational materials in entrepreneurship to address the needs of academic stakeholders.
  • Assess how candidate Client Companies may complement or potentially partner with other SCRA stakeholders, including existing Client Companies, SC Ventures and SC Launch networks.
  • Identify gaps, deficits, and obstacles to company maturation and identify resources to overcome the obstacles, which will cultivate and mature current and prospective Client Companies.
  • Engage with university technology transfer offices to identify gaps in support for academic entrepreneurs and develop solutions through collaboration within the ecosystem.
  • Manage the application process for Upstate Client Companies for the ASAP and SBIR/STTR Matching Grants; contribute to the contracting process with the SCRA internal team; and contribute towards the drafting of solicitations for these programs.
  • Serve as a champion for applications from Upstate-based companies for the ASAP and SBIR/STTR Matching Grants, which includes making recommendations for funding to the SCRA Company Reviews team, garnering support and input from an SC Launch Investment Manager for long-term prospects for the company to advance to SC Launch, preparing the company to present at the SCRA Company Reviews, and determining when companies have met the eligibility and funding criteria for the programs.
  • Participate in monthly Company Reviews and grant funding decisions.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree with a minimum of seven years of relevant experience, preferably including mentoring early-stage, technology-based companies.
  • Experience as a founder of a technology startup is strongly preferred.
  • Ability to communicate clearly, in verbal and written forms, formally and informally at all levels within the organization.
  • Ability to identify, address and resolve complex issues in a professional manner.Proven skills in teamwork and individual responsibility to accomplish goals.
  • Expertise in securing multiple rounds of financing (angel or venture), preferably with experience in obtaining SBIR/STTR grant funding.
  • Must have experience in at least one of the following areas: Information Technologies, Life Sciences, and/or Advanced Manufacturing and Materials.
  • Strong leadership and interpersonal skills managing a technology company.

Physical Efforts:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Regular physical activity to include walking, bending, stooping, reaching, standing and prolonged sitting. Ability to use phone and computer systems, copier, fax, and other office equipment. Must be able to occasionally move/lift to 25 pounds with or without reasonable accommodation.

To learn more please visit: https://www.scra.org/careers/

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