Innosphere and Oklahoma State University (OSU) form partnership to commercialize technologies, foster startups and create economic impact

OSU’s Technology Development Center joins Innosphere’s University Partner Program

Oklahoma State University is joining Innosphere Ventures’ University Partner Program where the two will collaborate to foster innovation, support startup companies and create economic impact in Oklahoma.

In the partnership, Innosphere will work directly with OSU’s Technology Development Center to extend their successful programs to OSU startup ventures. Specifically, these services include connecting inventors with business drivers, facilitating introductions to corporate partners, advancing technologies to commercialization, and helping founders and CEOs to achieve their business milestones.

“Innosphere will be a value-added extension of our OSU commercialization process and enhance our technology transfer capabilities,” said Zachary Miles, senior vice president for Technology and Economic Development at OSU. OSU has robust business support programs, such as the OSU Research Foundation which supports Cowboy Technologies, to help researchers develop go-to-market plans, provide sponsored research funding for technology development, prepare startups to raise capital and more.

Working with Innosphere will enhance our overall impact and metrics – from capital raised, to jobs created, to the number of licenses and startups,” Miles said. “Partnering with Innosphere is aOklahoma State University great addition to our technology transfer services because they don’t just stop when a technology is turned into a startup — they continue working to turn those startups into high-growth businesses.”

“We’re excited to be a part of OSU’s mission to foster innovative technologies,” said Mike Freeman, CEO of Innosphere Ventures. “This partnership provides our commercialization program with high-quality deal-flow and the opportunity to work with OSU’s outstanding faculty entrepreneurs and licensing managers.

Innosphere has longtime partnerships with Colorado’s research universities and their technology transfer offices at Colorado State University, the University of Colorado and the Colorado School of Mines.

“Formalizing relationships with technology transfer offices outside of Colorado is a win-win situation to support university research, ongoing innovation efforts, and all of our economic development goals,” Freeman said.

For more information on Innosphere Ventures’ University Partner Program, please visit innosphereventures.org/partners.

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About Innosphere Ventures
Innosphere Ventures is a Colorado-based incubator that accelerates business success of science and technology-based startups and emerging growth companies with an exclusive commercialization program, specialized office and laboratory facilities, and a seed-stage venture capital fund.

Innosphere Ventures’ commercialization program teaches entrepreneurs valuable skills on how to access capital, acquire customers, build talented teams, accelerate top-line revenue growth and plan their exit. The program connects founders with experienced advisors, corporate partners, and, if the company is investment-ready, investors. Innosphere has been supporting startups for over 22 years and is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization with a strong mission to create jobs and grow the region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. Learn more at innosphereventures.org.

About the Technology Development Center at Oklahoma State University
The Technology Development Center at Oklahoma State University assists faculty and staff members, administrators, and students with intellectual property issues resulting from their scholarly and creative activities.  It fosters the creation of innovative technologies and the management of those technologies and other intellectual property for the benefit of the university and the public as part of OSU’s outreach efforts. Learn more at research.okstate.edu/tdc

About OSU Research
The mission of OSU’s Office of the Vice President for Research is to facilitate and promote the pursuit, discovery and dissemination of new knowledge and technologies through research, scholarship, creative activities and technology transfer for the benefit of the people of the state of Oklahoma, the nation, and the world.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Harrison Hill | Research Communication Specialist for Oklahoma State University
405-744-5827 | harrison.c.hill@okstate.edu

Mike Freeman | CEO/GP at Innosphere Ventures
(970) 817-4791 | mike@innosphereventures.org