ForbesBy Marianne Hudson. We’re all aware of the amazing research and technologies that universities are doing to improve people’s lives. What makes many angels excited is that these new innovations can lead to great companies – if universities can connect with the right startup entrepreneurs.
What is often surprising to learn is how difficult it is for angels and universities to work together to bring these technologies to market. While Google GOOGL +0.74%, started by Stanford graduate students Sergey Brin and Larry Page, is forever connected to the university through licensing agreements, many successful companies such as Facebook, Microsoft MSFT -0.56% and Dell weren’t. Although they were conceived of by college students, they were started after the founders left school. More...