Technology Transfer / Patents & Licensing


Affiliated Organizations

Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM)
AUTM provides professional development and networking opportunities for technology transfer professionals at all career levels and from established and newly forming organizations worldwide. AUTM's global network of members come from more than 350 universities, research institutions, teaching hospitals and government agencies as well as hundreds of companies involved with managing and licensing innovations derived from academic and nonprofit research.

BioFlorida, Florida's independent statewide bioscience organization serves its members by providing the infrastructure to exchange information and ideas through industry specific programming, education, networking and legislative initiatives.

Enterprise Florida
Enterprise Florida Inc. (EFI) is a public-private partnership serving as Florida's primary organization devoted to statewide economic development. EFI's mission is to diversify Florida's economy and create better paying jobs for its citizens by supporting, attracting and helping to create globally competitive businesses in innovative, high-growth industries.

ExpertNet connects business, industry and government with resources and expertise in Florida's universities. ExpertNet is a statewide portal of applied research expertise in Florida's universities and is designed to provide quick and easy access to university-based resources and expertise to assist in practical solutions for business, industry, and government.

Florida High Tech Corridor
The Florida High Tech Corridor Council (FHTCC) was established by the Legislature in 1996 to attract, retain and grow high tech industry and to help develop the workforce to support those industries in the 21-county service areas of the University of Central Florida (UCF) and the University of South Florida (USF). The FHTCC matching grant program provides matching funds to private sector partner funds and in kind contributions according to the terms and conditions of the program from $10,000 to $150,000.

Florida Research Consortium
The Florida Research Consortium (FRC) is a strategic partnership of education, business and government formed specifically to advocate for knowledge-based economic development in Florida. FRC works to increase awareness of the cutting-edge research that is under way throughout the state of Florida and to enhance the diversity and strength of Florida's innovation economy through the commercialization of that research.

The Florida Venture Forum
The goal of The Florida Venture Forum is to help ensure the success of entrepreneurial ventures by offering expert counsel, educational advice and managerial assistance. The Florida Venture Forum is a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization that is supported locally by private companies, service providers, venture capitalists and academic institutions.

Licensing Executive Society (LES)
The LES Foundation was established in 2000 by the Licensing Executives Society, (USA & Canada), Inc., to increase awareness and understanding of the licensing of intellectual property rights (IP) and to communicate the critical role licensing plays in bringing creativity and innovation to the commercial marketplace.

National Academy of Inventors
The USF Academy of Inventors has been established to recognize the contributions of scientist-inventors across all disciplines in the USF community.

Southeast BIO
Southeast BIO (SEBIO)'s mission is to foster the growth of the life sciences industry in the Southeastern United States by promoting entrepreneurship and bringing together the key stakeholders active in the development of the industry.

TiE Tampa Bay
The TiE Tampa Bay is a non-profit, global community welcoming entrepreneurs from all over the world. We believe in the power of ideas to change the face of entrepreneurship and growing business through our five pillars; mentoring, networking, education, incubating and funding.

The mission of USF CONNECT is to deliver a wide range of business development services to technology businesses throughout the Tampa Bay region and State of Florida.

USF Research Foundation
The USF Research Foundation, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization established to promote, encourage and provide assistance to the research activities of university faculty, staff and students.

United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is the Federal agency for granting U.S. patents and registering trademarks. The USPTO advises the President of the United States, the Secretary of Commerce, and U.S. Government agencies on intellectual property (IP) policy, protection, and enforcement; and promotes the stronger and more effective IP protection around the world.

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations. It is dedicated to developing a balanced and accessible international intellectual property (IP) system, which rewards creativity, stimulates innovation and contributes to economic development while safeguarding the public interest.

Funding Opportunities

Emergent Growth Fund
The Emergent Growth Funds are member-managed angel funds that share the same focus on early stage companies. The current funds concentrate their activities on companies that are developing unique, leading-edge products, or proprietary technologies that possess the potential for rapid growth in significant markets.

Florida Angel Network (FAN)
FAN Fund is an early stage fund that focuses on the underserved market of Florida and invests in high growth companies in the technology and life science sectors.

Florida Biomedical Research Program
The Florida Biomedical Research Programs administered by the Florida Department of Health, Office of Public Health Research, includes two grant-funding programs; the James and Esther King Biomedical Research Program and the Bankhead-Coley Cancer Research Program.

Florida Funders
Florida Funders is a Florida focused investor network and online investing platform. We help accredited investors find and invest in early-stage Florida based companies. We blend the best of equity crowdfunding, angel investing and venture capital to provide a solution that generates strong financial returns while having a significant and positive impact on job creation and economic growth in our communities.

Florida Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research
The Florida Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research (the Institute) is Florida's One-Stop-Shop for investors and entrepreneurs who seek to identify new opportunities based on technologies developed through publicly-funded research.

Florida Venture Capital Program
The Florida Opportunity Fund's Florida Venture Capital Program was created to provide funding to emerging Florida companies (or companies locating in Florida) with perceived long-term growth potential.

Go Beyond Network
Go Beyond Network brings together a group of private accredited investors dedicated to providing early stage capital with entrepreneurs seeking investment capital.

Gulf Coast Venture Forum
The Gulf Coast Venture Forum is a Florida 501(c) 6 non-profit corporation, formed in 2001. The primary purpose of the GCVF is to promote the success of Southwest Florida's new and emerging businesses by educating and bringing together the best entrepreneurs and Angel Investors.

New World Angels
New World Angels (NWA) is a group of private investors dedicated to providing equity capital to early-stage entrepreneurial companies in the state of Florida. NWA has chapters in South Florida and the Tampa Bay area and is typically a lead or co-investor in transactions totaling between $0.5 million and $2.5 million.

Programs to ensure the nation's small, high-tech, innovative businesses are a significant part of the federal government's research and development efforts.

Small Business Administration
SBA Direct gives you information and services based on your unique business needs and supports startups and entrepreneurs with tools and resources to grow America's economy.

State University System of Florida – Board of Governors
The State University System of Florida is committed to providing the world-class teaching, research and service that will help shape to our growing, dynamic state. The mission of the Florida Board of Governors is to mobilize resources and diverse constituencies to govern and advance the State University System of Florida

Tamiami Angel Fund I, LLC
The Tamiami Angel Fund I, LLC ("TAFI" or "the Fund") is Southwest Florida's first Angel Fund. TAFI is a formal fund of growth capital organized to invest in Florida-based early stage through expansion stage companies.

The NCIIA supports technology innovation and entrepreneurship in universities and colleges to create experiential learning opportunities for students, and successful, socially beneficial businesses.

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