Technology Transfer / Patents & Licensing


Affiliated Organizations

Association of Public Land-Grant Universities
The Association of Public Land-Grant Universities Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness and Economic Prosperity is focused on: 1) understanding and defining the expanding university role in local and regional innovation; 2) expanding the tools and metrics for universities to measure and explain their role to a wide range of audiences; and 3) gaining a better understanding of the innovation ecologies in which A-P-L-U institutions operate. Through a series of workshops and meetings, the Commission will assemble a set of tools, resources and standards of practice that universities can utilize to make the most effective contribution to innovation and economic growth. Members should include: academic affairs; research and graduate administration; public and governmental affairs; business and engineering departments; and outreach, economic development, and technology transfer and entrepreneurship programs.

Association of University Research Parks
The Association of University Research Parks (AURP) promotes the development and operations of research parks that foster innovation, commercialization and economic competitiveness in a global economy through collaboration among universities, industry and government.

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.

Bradenton Area Economic Development Corp.
The Bradenton Area Economic Development Corp. (EDC) is recognized by Enterprise Florida as the lead economic development organization for the Bradenton Area's nine communities located on the south side of Tampa Bay. The EDC works to diversify the local economy by attracting and retaining high-wage jobs for area residents, and connecting existing businesses to the resources they need to succeed.

Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County
The Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County is a successful public/private partnership focused on growing and diversifying the economy of Sarasota County, while enhancing the county's unique natural and cultural environments.

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 Business Incubation Association
The Florida Business Incubation Association (FBIA) shares information and develops programs that support the successful growth and operation of business incubators throughout Florida.

Florida Economic Development Council
The Florida Economic Development Council (FEDC) is a primary resource for policy development, legislative updates, education, networking and professional advancement. Over 500 professionals statewide count on FEDC to provide leadership, communications, peer recognition and networking.

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 Medical Manufacturers Consortium
The Florida Medical Manufacturers Consortium (FMMC) is a statewide association of medical technology firms. The FMMC exists to unite, promote and grow the Florida medical device industry, and to enhance the business success of its member companies.

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.

Florida Virtual Entrepreneur Center
The Florida Virtual Entrepreneur Center (FLVEC) is a web portal designed to provide a robust and easy-to-use resource for local entrepreneurs to find information and services to support their new or growing business.

Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce
The Chamber is a not-for-profit business membership organization that helps promote the businesses and business interests of our members.

InBIA is a global non-profit organization that has welcomed and supported entrepreneurial organizations for over 30 years. Serving a diverse group of entrepreneurship centers, program managers, directors and policymakers, we help guide, mentor and develop sustainable entrepreneur support programs in every industry and demographic around the globe. Our goal is to enrich the entire ecosystem by providing industry resources, education, events and global programming to help our members better serve the needs of their unique communities and regions.

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.

Mote Marine Laboratory
Mote Marine Laboratory has been a leader in marine research since it was founded in 1955. Today, Mote incorporates public outreach as a key part of their mission. Mote is an independent nonprofit organization and has seven centers for marine research, the public Mote Aquarium and an Education Division specializing in public programs for all ages.

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.

Pasco Economic Development Council
Formed in 1987, the Pasco Economic Development Council (Pasco EDC) is the lead economic development organization dedicated to the overall growth and prosperity of Pasco County through the development of a sustainable and diversified economy.

Pinellas County Economic Development
Pinellas County Economic Development (PCED) works with existing businesses to encourage expansion and seeks to attract new companies with high-wage careers to our 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.

SRI International's Marine Technology Program
SRI International's Marine Technology Program, located in St. Petersburg, Florida, specializes in the study of surface and subsurface marine environments. These studies involve experiments, research, development, deployment, and operations of advanced sensors and their systems. The staff conducts research and engineering in optics, acoustics, MEMS, mass spectrometry, and related marine sciences.

St. Petersburg Economic Development Corporation
The St. Petersburg Area EDC's mission is to enhance the community's economic prosperity through marketing, activation and connection.

State Science and Technology Institute (SSTI)
State Science and Technology Institute (SSTI) strengthens initiatives to create a better future through science, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Tampa Bay Partnership
Our mission is to create a more unified, competitive and prosperous region. The Tampa Bay Partnership galvanizes the region's most visionary, influential and engaged business leaders, along with a diverse group of community stakeholders, to identify and address the critical economic issues impacting Tampa Bay. We serve as thought leaders and change agents, advancing our shared priorities through collaboration, education and collective advocacy. Together, our efforts deliver results that positively affect the strength and vitality of the region and those who live here, now and in the future.

Tampa Bay Technology Forum
The Tampa Bay Technology Forum (TBTF) is a group dedicated to achieving successful and thriving technology-based businesses in the Tampa Bay area.

Tampa Bay WaVE
Founded in 2008, Tampa Bay WaVE, Inc. is a 'by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs' 501(c)(3) nonprofit helping entrepreneurs turn ideas into growing tech businesses in Tampa Bay.

Tampa Innovation Alliance
The Tampa Innovation Alliance is a multi-jurisdictional district anchored by globally-recognized institutions who drive economic activity in the area, engaging tens of thousands of students and educators, healthcare workers and patients, and four million tourists annually.

Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation
The Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation (EDC) is the lead economic development agency for Hillsborough County and the cities of Tampa, Plant City and Temple Terrace. Established in 2009 as a partnership between the public sector and private corporate investors, the EDC works with local, national and international companies to facilitate sustainable, diverse job growth and capital investment, resulting in increased prosperity and opportunity for our community. For more information, please visit our website which is listed below.

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.

University Economic Development Association
The University Economic Development Association (UEDA) focuses on the nexus between higher education institutions and economic development partners. UEDA's mission is to serve its members by enhancing members' abilities to deliver economic development benefits through engagement with higher education.

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 Foundation
The USF: Unstoppable Campaign is a comprehensive fundraising effort by the University of South Florida System to celebrate the energy, vision, and future of one of the country's most exciting and engaged university systems.

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.

FHTCC Matching Grants Research Program
The Florida High Tech Corridor Council's primary focus has been to foster applied research between Corridor universities and their high tech industry partners. Every year, dozens of companies across the 23-county Corridor participate in the Matching Grants Research Program to leverage their R&D budgets with academic partnerships to develop commercially applicable emerging technologies.

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.

Grow FL
GrowFL was created in 2009 by the Florida Legislature as an economic development program focused on assisting second-stage growth companies to prosper in the state of Florida. 

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.

MegaWatt Ventures
MegaWatt Ventures provides essential funding and mentorship to support the commercialization and success of cleantech innovations developed by University students.

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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