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Von Liebig Center: National Commercialization Model

UC San Diego Jacobs School von Liebig Center

A study by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the Max Planck Institute of Economics described the von Liebig Center at UCSD and the Deshpande Center at MIT as models of effectiveness in commercializing early stage university-based innovations.

The report called the UCSD and MIT units "proof of concept centers" that fill the seed-stage funding gap for new technologies. Both centers provide seed grants and a host of advisory and educational services to faculty and student innovators. Since their creation in 2002, the von Liebig and Deshpande centers have collectively awarded nearly $10 million in seed grants and launched 26 seed-stage companies (16 at UCSD and 10 at MIT) that have accumulated more than $159 million in private capital ($71 million by UCSD ventures and $88 million by MIT-spawned firms).

The two centers will be the founding members of a national network of university commercialization centers that the Kauffman Foundation plans to use as a vehicle to apply the lessons learned at UCSD and MIT, study best practices, establish metrics, and define points of future research.

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