The Center for Technology Licensing (CTL) is Cornell University's technology transfer office. We manage technology for Cornell's Ithaca campus, Weill Cornell Medicine, Cornell Tech, and Cornell AgriTech in Geneva.

University Technology Startup Series

April 16, 2021

The University Technology Startup Series focuses on diverse topics to support the formation and growth of technology startups (e.g., challenges in early-stage venturing, resources available, etc.).


CTL team will invite investment & market experts who will talk about best practices as well as serial entrepreneurs who will share their experience, successes, or failures.


This series is addressed to Cornell-licensed startup executives and entrepreneurs interested in starting a university spin-out company.



Series 1: Founder’s Equity & CEO Assessment

Date: May 20, 2021, from 12 pm to 1:30 pm



  • Kirsten Leute, Partner, University Relations, OUP
  • Margalit Haber, Associate – life science investment team, OUP


Kirsten Leute and Margalit Haber at Osage University Partners (OUP) will provide an in-depth look at venture capital perspectives on the economics of university startup formation.


In the first part of the session, they will take the participants step-by-step through the life of a company, illustrating the uses of equity and potential outcomes for founders.


In the second part of the session, they will take the participants through the CEO search process, how VCs evaluate potential entrepreneurs and some observations about drivers for long-term success as an entrepreneur. The participants will assess mock candidate profiles and learn methods of diligence to choose the right leader for their startup.



Download the slide deck of the Series #1.



Series 2: Pitching 101: How to Present Your Startups and Technology Innovation to Potential Funders

Date: 11/02/2021


Margalit Haber, PhD, Associate, Life Sciences, OUP
Ajay Rayasam, M.S., Associate, Technology, OUP


For CTL second UTS series, Margalit Haber and Ajay Rayasam at Osage University Partners (OUP) will focus the session on how an entrepreneur, or a faculty-entrepreneur can develop and deliver a pitch to gain interest and commitment from potential investors.


Pitching an early-stage science- and technology-based startup to potential funders can be intimidating. Learning how to tailor your presentation and understanding what motivates funders to say yes, or at least not give you an outright no, are important aspects of preparing for your initial pitch. This talk will be structured around OUP’s many years of experience in hearing pitches and reviewing pitch decks to provide insight on creating and presenting an initial startup pitch to funders.


Download the slide deck of the Series #2.

Access to the on-demand recording here.