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The University of Texas at Austin. research ◦ development ◦ commercialization. 170+ graduate degree programs $ 1.2 B, sponsored research awards (past 2years) 1000+ patents filed (past 5 years) $45M+ licensing and royalty revenue (2010-2012)

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the university of texas at austin
The University of Texas at Austin

research ◦ development ◦ commercialization

  • 170+ graduate degree programs
  • $1.2 B, sponsored research awards (past 2years)
  • 1000+ patents filed (past 5 years)
  • $45M+ licensing and royalty revenue (2010-2012)
  • Typical year: 100 disclosures, 100 patent applications, 50 patents issued, 150 licenses/options, 10 startups

Founded 1883

ic institute is a think and do component of the university of texas at austin
IC² Institute is a “think and do” component of The University of Texas at Austin.

IC² = Innovation, Creativity, and Capital

The Institute fosters wealth creation, economic growth, and prosperity at the local, regional, and global levels.


Austin Technology Incubator (ATI)

Technology Commercialization degree programs


Bureau of Business Research


Global Commercialization Group

IC² Fellows

Programs in 19 countries

At the University:

IC² units and projects serve as laboratories for students, faculty, visiting researchers, and business leaders who explore the theory and practice of entrepreneurial wealth creation.

four pillars of success
Four Pillars of Success
  • 2. Access to Capital
  • Develop angel and venture capital investment funds


Successful Eco-System



  • 4. Sustainability & Momentum
  • Teach and support the ecosystem – train the trainers
  • Train the entrepreneurs – develop a commercialization culture
  • Develop global business partnerships & global advisory networks
  • 3. Access to Markets
  • Position companies in external markets
  • Develop global business development resources
  • Strengthen local markets
  • Global Competitiveness
  • Pursue most effective, global commercialization strategies
  • Develop support for entrepreneurs: Incubators, TTO, Accelerators


austin technology incubator
Austin Technology Incubator
  • Founded in 1989 as a program of the IC2 Institute at The University of Texas at Austin
  • Non-Profit Business Model
  • 2800 square meter facility
  • ~ 20 Companies
ati s results to date
ATI’s Results to Date
  • >160 graduate companies
  • >$750 million in investment capital raised
  • 4 Initial Public Offerings on NASDAQ
  • ~25 acquisitions
  • ~35 independent, profitable companies
  • >$1.5 billion in annual revenues
  • >10,000 jobs created by ATI companies

Erin Defosse

  • It’s all about subsidies!
  • Capital
    • Rent
    • Services
    • Equipment
  • Knowledge
    • Experience
    • Networks
      • Partners
      • Team members
from incubator to accelerator and beyond
From Incubator to Accelerator and Beyond

Value to today’s entrepreneur

Market Making

Sector Specific Acceleration (clean energy, wireless)


Start-up infrastructure support



Example services offered to entrepreneurs

Office space

Professional services facilitation

General capital networks

Business advice

High-touch coaching & mentoring

“Virtual Board”

Target capital matchmaking

University resources

Access to “chokepoint” technologies, key customers

sector specific coaching and mentoring
Sector Specific Coaching and Mentoring
  • Structured, not informal
  • Focused on business strategy, not tactical fundamentals
  • Industry experienced incubator staff
  • Advisory Board of industry experts

Erin Defosse

structured coaching and mentoring process
Structured Coaching and Mentoring Process

Up to 3 years



Quarterly Reviews


Admit into ATI

Set Milestones


Graduate or Leave ATI



Industry Sector Focused Advisory Board

ATI representative on Company Board

Erin Defosse

the sector focused advisory board
The Sector FocusedAdvisory Board
  • Current or retired executives with significant experience in the sector
    • Business leaders, venture capitalists, technologists
  • No compensation from incubator
  • Screen applicants and review company performance
  • Appoint representative to the Company’s Board

Erin Defosse

market making value from ati
Market Making, Value from ATI

Access to test facilities, key early adopter customer

Looking for new clean technologies to further its mandate to offer green choices to customers


Significant need for test resources, customer pull

Novel, targeted technologies/solutions

Erin Defosse


For Profit Incubators are hard to do

There is no law on how incubators should work

Customize to your local conditions and needs