AURP Peer2Peer Network 


Incubation/Acceleration: 1st Tuesday of every month @ 2pm ET

A successful corporate incubator or accelerator depends upon three things: people, people, people. The heartbeat of every tech park and innovation district is the startups, whether commercializing a research project, a 4th year student project moving into the marketplace or a veteran tech genius with a new piece of code that changes lives. Let’s explore how do we move these startups through the ecosystem and scale into economic drivers for our communities.

Champions: 

Aaron Miscenich, MBAPresident and Chief Executive Officer, New Orleans BioInnovation Center, Inc.

Jim Currie, MBAPrincipal, JSCurrie, LLC; Manager, Training and Testing, University of Akron

Larry ShawChief Executive Officer of Knowledge Park, Inc. & Ignite Fredericton

Charlie D’Agostino, MBAImmediate Past President, AURP; Executive Director, LSU Innovation Park


 

CEO: 2nd Tuesday of every month @ 2 pm ET

The CEO peer group allows park executives to gather to create their own collaborative discussions and collection of best practices. This peer group of seasoned pros can be helpful to discuss how to keep the good times “rolling,” as well as how to manage any “difficult waters.”

Champions: 

Kevin Byrne — Past President, AURP; President, The University Financing Foundation

Mason AilstockPresident, AURP; Vice President of Operations, The University Financing Foundation

Ellen Hemmerly — Past President, AURP; Executive Director, bwtech@UMBC Research & Technology Park

Greg Deason — Past President, AURP; Senior Vice President, Purdue Research Foundation; Executive Director, Purdue Foundry & Purdue Research Park


 

Business Development: 2nd Thursday of every month at 1 pm ET

This is an open forum meant for senior business development and sales professionals to discuss topics such as lead generation, FDI, closing deals, sales team training and more.

Champions: 

Jackie Kerby MoorePast President, AURP; Executive Director, Sandia Science & Technology Park

Bruce WrightPast President, AURP; Associate Vice President, Tech Parks Arizona


 

Facilities/Sustainability: 3rd Tuesday of every month @2 pm ET

A great community manager will foster their park’s environment and ensure that users feel valued and rewarded. Once you have the right practices in place, the continuous operational costs for staffing can be very low. This peer group will discuss the best way to ensure that parks and incubators are able to reap the benefits of a well-run community.

Champions: 

Ken MarcusDirector, University of Arizona Science & Technology Park; Chief Financial Officer, Tech Parks Arizona

Charlie DilksPast President, AURP; President, DilksConsulting, Inc.


 

Community/PlaceMaking: 3rd Thursday of every month @ 2 pm ET

A great community manager will foster their environment and ensure that users feel valued and rewarded for interacting.  Once you have the right practices in place, the running cost in staff terms of a forum are very low. A business that’s too reticent about putting these practices in place pays the price in the long term as their competition reaps the benefits of a well-run community.

Champions: 

Charlie DilksPast President, AURP; President, DilksConsulting, Inc.

Ellen HemmerlyPast President, AURP; Executive Director, bwtech@UMBC Research & Technology Park


 

Strategic Marketing:  4th Tuesday of every month @ 2 pm ET.

Tech marketing leaders will share their ideas and best practices in this peer group on relevant topics, such as branding, advertising, promotions, publications, metrics, social media and more.

Champions: 

Stephen FrayserSecretary, AURP; Executive Director, STAR Park at Texas State University

Jeanne MellVice President, AURP; Vice President of Marketing Communications & Community Engagement, The University City Science Center


 

International P2P: 4th Wednesday of every month @ 11 am ET.

Park leaders from around the world will be able collaborate and connect in this peer group to broaden their international networks for their incubator clients, graduates who are in the process of scaling, SME’s or to export companies and firms with a global focus.

Champion: Denis Gauvreau, PhD — Director of International Affairs, Genopole

 

 
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