About AVX

What Inspires AVX?

Solving the 'talent valley of death'

A Non-Profit Cooperative

AVX is a non-profit cooperative exchange connecting high-value talent with early start-ups backed with research and IP from leading comprehensive research universities across the United States. We aim to bring the discoveries of the world’s preeminent researchers to market by helping find exceptional co-founders.

Started in 2016

2016 was the first time on record where university technology transfer offices generated more revenue from startups than “traditional” licensing. This trend has developed over many years as traditional industry partners have increasingly shifted their research and development budgets toward external partnerships with start-ups that are built for R&D and early commercialization.

Matching Top Talent to Start-Ups

Many top institutions now focus on showing their best innovations first to their best entrepreneurs

Avoiding Mismatches

For example, a cyber-security entrepreneur is a poor fit for a start-up focused on developing a new biologic drug. By collectively pooling data and guiding sensible suggestions, AVX makes it easier for entrepreneurs to discover start-ups to help.

Reducing Local Talent Bottlenecks

Another typical challenge is that it is hard to find enough “fundable” entrepreneurs and opportunities in any one location. By exposing entrepreneurs to early start-ups, AVX helps reduce this bottleneck by promoting virtual partnerships and finding connectors who can uncover undiscovered local talent.

Priority on Connecting Talent to Start-Ups

University tech transfer offices are dynamic - and often frantic - with activity ranging from processing disclosures, managing accelerator partnerships, and optimizing deal terms that team building early start-ups is often lost to the ‘fires’ that flare up. AVX's priority is on connecting talent to start-ups.

AVX Team

Ahmet-Hamdi Cavusoglu
Ahmet-Hamdi Cavusoglu
Executive Director
John Pyrovolakis
John Pyrovolakis
Chair of the Board
Jon Soderstrom
Jon Soderstrom
Board Member
Karin Immergluck
Karin Immergluck
Board Member
Nichole Mercier
Nichole Mercier
Board Member
Orin Herskowitz
Orin Herskowitz
Board Member

AVX To Date

AVX works hard to track and measure the impact of matches forming between new ventures from top universities with fundable talent.

200+

VC Funds

300+

University Ventures

800+

Members

4660+

Connections

22+%

High-Value Connections

Partner Institutions

Annual Innovation Output of AVX Partner Institutions

Based on data extracted from the Statistics Access for Technology Transfer (STATT) Database provided by The Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM).

$13.5B

Federal R&D Spending

7,353

Inventions

278

New Startups

$1.07B

Revenue from IP

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