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Wichita State University’s Office of Tech Transfer and Commercialization partners with Innosphere Ventures to support faculty commercialization efforts

Kansas research university joins Innosphere’s University Partner Program to accelerate innovation and entrepreneurship

Innosphere Ventures, the Colorado-based incubator and commercialization program that accelerates the business success of science and technology-based startup companies, has announced a partnership with the Office of Tech Transfer and Commercialization (TTC) at Wichita State University (Wichita State) to support the university’s economic development efforts and to help faculty commercialize technologies.

Wichita State serves as Kansas’ only urban-serving research university. “We’re partnering with Innosphere because they’re a subject matter expert on working with faculty inventors to commercialize technologies,” said Rob Gerlach, Executive Director of the Office of Tech Transfer and Commercialization. “Building relationships with industry partners is key to successfully transferring technology into the commercial marketplace. Wichita State works closely with local, regional and national entities to accelerate discovery and innovation, and we’re excited to have Innosphere as a new partner that can help us bring cutting-edge technology to the commercial marketplace.”

Innosphere’s University Partner Program works directly with technology transfer offices at leading research universities across a multi-state region to connect inventors with business drivers, facilitate introductions to corporate partners, advance technologies to commercialization, and turn startups into high-growth businesses.

“Moving an invention from the lab to the marketplace and forming a successful company can be daunting, so we’re excited to be a resource for Wichita State’s technical founders and faculty as they commercialize technologies and bring ideas to life,” said Mike Freeman, CEO of Innosphere Ventures. “Wichita State’s tech transfer office meets at the junction of academics and industry, creating a unique innovation effort that is focused on researching and solving industry-focused, real-world problems.”

Innosphere Ventures recently released the Kansas Venture Capital Ecosystem Review which covers investment trends shaping the state’s venture ecosystem and reveals challenges for up-and-coming innovation hotspots such as Kansas. The report suggests that the Kansas startup ecosystem has rebounded since the pandemic year, with very strong venture capital activity in the first half of 2021.

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Emily Wilson
Innosphere Ventures

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