2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

Secrets for Tapping University Innovation and Talent

Sunday, March 13
3:30PM - 4:30PM

Hilton Austin Downtown
Salon E
500 E 4th St

Universities are hotbeds of talent and ideas. Right now in the US alone, universities are cultivating 14 million new graduates and spending nearly $50B on research every year. But the private sector doesn't know how to work with academia effectively and its potential remains unexploited. But you don't have to miss out! What opportunities can be found in universities and what steps can you take to find them? It’s not easy. But four experts with deep backgrounds in venture capital, entrepreneurship, and university innovation will share their tried-and-true--and sometimes surprising--tips for tapping into this goldmine.

Hashtags: #sxsw #tapuniv


Amy Salzhauer

Founder & CEO

Good Growth Capital/Ignition Ventures

Amy Salzhauer is Founder and CEO of Ignition Ventures, where she manages a team of several hundred independent contractors that help early stage companies get off the ground. Her expertise is comme...

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Chris Resto at SXSW

Chris Resto


Blueprint Talent Group

Chris Resto is the lead author of RECRUIT OR DIE: How Any Business Can Beat the Big Guys in the War for Young Talent (Penguin Portfolio, 2007) and founder and managing partner of Blueprint Talent G...

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Ellen Levy at SXSW

Ellen Levy

Manging Dir

Silicon Valley Connect

Ellen Levy is currently Managing Director of Silicon Valley Connect and an active angel investor in and advisor to several dozen startup companies. In 2012 fast Company highlighted Ellen as the "Mo...

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Krisztina "Z" Holly at SXSW

Krisztina "Z" Holly

Founder & Chief Instigator


Krisztina “Z” Holly is an MIT-trained engineer and tech entrepreneur best known for curating and hosting the first ever TEDx and founding two innovation centers at MIT and USC that helped spin-out ...

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