Business Power Breakfast

Join us for a presentation from Leeds faculty Dr. Janet Bercovitz, Professor and Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Operations PhD Program Director.

Does who signs the check matter:  Venture Philanthropy and Academic Research Agreements

Private foundation funding of academic research has grown substantially over the past decade reaching $5.8B in 2019. The majority of foundation funding is allocated to research in the life sciences and traditionally had been awarded as research grants.  Given a focus on the immediate needs of a specific patient population and the concomitant emphasis on translational advances, an emerging subset of foundation funders are acting as institutional entrepreneurs and promoting the adoption of a different model for sponsored research, that of venture philanthropy. The venture philanthropy model emphasizes the active management of the commercialization process, with the goal of accelerating scientific progress to material outcomes.  This study investigates how these relatively new players are influencing the substance, practice and structure of academic research by examining contractual terms in sponsored research agreements. We explore two specific questions:  (1) How do the terms in research agreements vary across funder types? And (2) what are the performance implications of the adoption of these contractual innovations? 


Light breakfast refreshments will be provided for in-person attendees. This is a hybrid event and we can host up to 20 in-person attendees and have a Zoom option for those who cannot attend in-person.

Register Now

Thursday, December 8, 2022 at 8:00am to 9:30am

Koelbel Building: Leeds School of Business, 303
995 Regent Drive, Boulder, CO 80309

Event Type

Lecture/Presentation, Community Engagement, Virtual


Business, Alumni & Forever Buffs


Faculty, Alumni, General Public, Staff, Industry & Business Community

College, School & Unit



Alumni, reputation


Leeds School of Business
Google Calendar iCal Outlook