Module Descriptions

 

 

MODULE 1: TRENDS IN COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE INVESTMENTS AND LEASING

With the current market environment of low interest and cap rates, plus foreign direct investment, have leveraged office real estate with marginal supply in a number of markets for the first time in years. Cities are becoming more powerful and influential with municipalities leading economic development projects, the rise of institutional investors, lower vacancies, higher asking rents and declining retail. The art of university financing in innovation infrastructure is complex. Through case studies, these leaders will guide the group through the deal-making tactics in these #TrendingNow public-private partnership models.

MODULE 2: UNIVERSITY ENTREPRENEURSHIP SPACES AND STARTUP INCUBATOR TRENDS

University entrepreneurship spaces are serving students, faculty, and university partners to commercialize research and cultivate technology startups. These locations are successful as part of Research Parks and sometimes are the initial underpinning of a research park tech community. Environments often take on different forms including co-working space, wet labs for scientific ventures, maker space, convergence spaces for entrepreneurs and so much more. Join in this interactive workshop gleaning the currents from a recent IEDC entrepreneurial report and roundtables identifying trends in university incubation. 

LIGHTNING ROUND: RESEARCH PARK HAPPENINGS IN 2017

At AURP, you WANT to get struck by lightning! In this Lightning Round by the pool, a few lucky parks will be selected to give a 5-minute update on their park! Hear more about your colleagues successes and challenges.

Kick back by the pool and may lightning strike YOU!

MODULE 3: WORKFORCE DRIVING TECHNOLOGY OFFICE DESIGN

Architectural firms are adding workforce strategists to help frame the future of spaces. Our workforce gurus, Leigh Stringer and Lisa Pool, will introduce the intersection of culture and the knowledge exchange needed to attract young tech talent. Addressing the framework of the new way of working to maximize performance and engagement of the younger workforce, we will walk through current projects that will bring the science behind the design to life. 

MODULE 4: THE SPECTRUM OF FUNDING UNIVERSITY STARTUPS- FROM THE LAB TO SERIES B

Following a lightning round presentation from our module leaders on university-based angel group formation,  investing in university startups and direct university startup funding, seed funds and also early to late stage VC funds, our leaders will facilitate breakout activities ultimately identifying how universities can and do develop their own proof-of-concept funds, running their own equity-based venture capital firms, engage angel investors, and leverage state programs to help support regional startup investments.

LIGHTNING ROUND: TRENDS IN TECHNOLOGY-BASED ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT (via Web)

Join Dan Berglund as he discusses the latest reporting and analysis on breakthroughs in technology-based economic development policies federally and by states across the U.S. 

MODULE 5: RESEARCH PARK STRATEGIC PLANNING TRENDS: MOCK SWOT

Bob Geolas with Heather Gaines, using the UA Tech Park in Tucson, Arizona as a case study, participate alongside our park leaders to discuss key trends and issues facing university research parks and university leadership. Evaluating real estate market analysis, program strengths and drivers plus internal and external governance models, this group will address the need for existing parks to transform and modernize in order to weather new municipal and university leadership and drive home our research parks’ economic impact within our communities of innovation.  

 
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