Technology Transfer / Patents & Licensing

For Entrepreneurs & Industry

The Technology Transfer Office is responsible for the development, protection, and utilization of intellectual property rights, as well as a liaison of cooperative ventures the University of South Florida undertakes with business and industry in the promotion of technology transfer and the commercial exploitation of intellectual property.

Start-Up Companies
The Technology Transfer Office promotes and facilitates business development and entrepreneurship by bringing researchers together with experienced entrepreneurs and investors to form companies for the purpose of commercializing USF technologies. Our office is dedicated to helping to create and foster new start-up companies that will create jobs and provide mutually beneficial relationships to advance researchers' technology and to bring their services into the marketplace for the public good. If you are interested in working with or learning more about start-ups based on USF technology, please review our list of start-up companies. If you are an entrepreneur interested in reviewing technologies for a potential start-up company, we invite you to browse our licensing opportunities.

Available Technologies
If you are interested in licensing opportunities available at USF, we invite you to browse our technologies for available licensing opportunities.

Should you find a licensing opportunity or start-up opportunity that fits your needs, please contact one of our Licensing Managers.

If you would like to receive updates on technologies as they come available, please sign up for our USF Technology Alerts.

Licensing Process
If you are interested in pursuing the licensing of a USF technology please contact our office. If the technology has not yet been published or granted by the United States Patent & Trademark Office, a Confidential Disclosure Agreement (CDA) may be executed by the university and any interested commercial party to authorize further evaluation. When a suitable commercial partner is identified, the Licensing Manger assigned to the technology will negotiate terms and conditions of an agreement on a case-by-case basis.

Funding Opportunities
The Technology Transfer Office works closely with university start-ups to help identify and assist with funding and partnership opportunities such as: state funded grant or matching programs, SBIRs/STTRs, and arranging angel or VC presentation opportunities. There are many sources of outside funding that can help assist entrepreneurs and small companies. The following list provides you with information and resources to explore the many opportunities of creating technology-based companies.

TTO Resources
Information regarding affiliated organizations, funding opportunities and various additional resources associated with TTO.

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. These programs also include technology transfer related funding, The Technology Transfer/Commercialization Partnership (TTCP) Grants are designed to encourage the collaboration of investigators at eligible institutions and small businesses; stimulate technology transfer activities for promising research discoveries that could lead to innovations in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, or cure of tobacco-related diseases; and strengthen a project's economic feasibility and commercialization prospects.

The Technology Transfer Feasibility (TTF) Grants are designed to offer early stage funding in order to develop intellectual property and improve its commercial potential and competitiveness for later development activities, including company formation or partnering with private interests. Although preliminary data are not required, projects should be designed to establish the technical/scientific merit and feasibility needed to attract commercial interest.

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 a resource to facilitate new venture creation. The Institute assists with finding serial entrepreneurs and partners and assists in identifying funding opportunities. The Institute also administers various funding programs- check out the Seed Capital Accelerator Program which will provide funding in the form of repayable loans ranging from $50,000- $300,000 to qualified institute companies with publically funded technology.

Florida Opportunity Fund
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. The Florida Venture Capital Program will target equity investments and convertible debt instruments ranging from $1,000,000 - $3,000,000, although larger transactions may be permitted in exceptional cases. Investment emphasis will be toward businesses within Florida's targeted industries, which include: Aerospace & Aviation, Alternative & Clean Energy Technology, Financial & Professional Services, Homeland Security & Defense, Information technology, Life Sciences, and Manufacturing.

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.