The University of Minnesota launched a record 14 startup companies — many with a medical focus — in 2013. In 2012, it launched 12 startups, breaking the previous year’s record of nine. In a climate of decreasing federal support for scientific research and increasing competition for research grants, the University is working hard to ensure that its discoveries enter the marketplace, where they can have the most impact. Since the Office of Technology Commercialization’s Venture Center was formed in 2006, a total of 52 startup companies have been created. Today 80 percent are still active.
Rand Brenner is an IP professional whose passion is helping inventors, startups, and businesses of all sizes use licensing to turn their IP into income-producing products, services, and technologies. His decades of experience run the gamut from medical devices to food technology to consumer products. He’s licensed some of the biggest Hollywood entertainment blockbusters including the Batman Movies (1 and 2), and the number one kid’s action TV show, the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Rand speaks about licensing and is a featured speaker at investment conferences, trade shows, colleges, and startup events. He’s a published writer with articles appearing in several prestigious trade magazine including The Licensing Journal, Intellectual Property Magazine, and License India. Rand also mentors at the Cal State Fullerton School of Business and Economics and is a judge for their startup business plan competitions.