The Opportunity Continuum: University-Industry Partnerships for Cleantech Investment
University of Colorado at Boulder, US
university, investment, technology, commercialization, partnership
Research universities have tremendous potential to contribute to clean technology development—but traditional university practices rarely prioritize commercialization. CU-Boulder is pioneering an approach to move clean technologies along the “Opportunity Continuum,” from research idea to commercial venture. The Continuum highlights three key intervention points: (1) Early research; (2) Proof of concept; (3) Valley of Death. At each point, we identify interventions and partners for strategic investment. Using a combination of seed funding and business development support, we help new cleantech ideas move along the continuum to commercialization.
Nanotech 2008 Conference Program Abstract