AURP Innovation U Virtual Seminars

Creating university communities of innovation is AURP’s core expertise. And as university innovation communities evolve, AURP announces university innovation community builders’ latest professional development opportunity — Innovation U Virtual Seminars. We’ll be featuring information and knowledge about the latest trends in innovation and university districts — the why, the how-to and “the who is doing it and where?”

2021 Innovation U Webinars

EDA Build Back Better Regional Challenge Webinar
Tuesday, September 7, 2:00 - 3:00 PM Eastern Time

Hear from the EDA on the Build Back Better Regional Challenge that offers university research parks and innovation districts funding for planning and constructing new tech hubs across the U.S. Deadlines for applying for planning grants are approaching (Oct. 19 is Phase One deadline)
Join us for this special free webinar with a representative from the EDA on this timely topic.
The Build Back Better Regional Challenge is designed to assist communities nationwide in their efforts to build back better by accelerating the economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and building local economies that will be resilient to future economic shocks. The $1 billion Build Back Better Regional Challenge will provide a transformational investment to 20-30 regions across the country that want to revitalize their economies. These regions will have the opportunity to grow new regional industry clusters or scale existing ones through planning, infrastructure, innovation and entrepreneurship, workforce development, access to capital, and more.
Phase 1: 50-60 regional coalitions of partnering entities will be awarded ~$500,000 in technical assistance funds to develop and support three to eight projects to grow a regional growth cluster.
Phase 2: EDA will award 20-30 regional coalitions $25 million to $75 million, and up to $100 million, to implement those projects.

Recent Virtual Seminars

How the SBA Can Help Companies In Your Park


In this ON-DEMAND program, view how the SBA Can Help innovative companies achieve their technological potential and profit from its commercialization. This webinar will be of particular interest to businesses and organizations affiliated with Research Park or Innovation Districts and those that may want to tap into those additional resources. 

Innovation U: Bio and Pharma Manufacturing Renaissance: New Funding, Policies and Communities
Bio and Pharma Webinar ON-DEMAND - $75.00


In this ON-DEMAND program, our array of panel experts address the Covid-19 Pandemic and hope it vividly demonstrates the need for rethinking ways to manufacture biological materials and create sustainable medical product supply lines for the United States. New program funding, new regulatory schemes and new community engagement are all solutions as we witness the renaissance of life science manufacturing in the. Listen to the discussion of best bio and pharma manufacturing practices, public policies and programs to help the US respond to the Covid-19 Pandemic and create a more resilient manufacturing infrastructure.

Innovation U: Winning the War for Talent and Technology
War for Talent ON-DEMAND - $75.00


In this ON-DEMAND program, experience a deep dive into the opportunities, complexities, and successes in building place-based corporate centers in university research parks and innovation districts. As corporations look to build long lasting relationships with universities to tap into technology and talent, establishing corporate research centers in university research parks is a growing strategy. But how do corporations work with universities in terms of attracting student workers and interns? What are the logistical, financial, and ethical considerations in setting up corporate sponsored research centers adjacent to universities? 

Innovation U: Retooling Your Park to Increase Relevance and Involvement


Mason Ailstock, Vice President of Business Development, Research Triangle Foundation
Sanjeev Patel
, AIA, LEED Green Assoc., Associate Principal, Duda | Paine Architects

What’s the best approach for increasing your park’s relevance? Will it require realigning physical assets? How about enhancing tenant involvement and participation? Research Triangle Foundation’s Mason Ailstock has studied these challenges and found solutions. He and architect Sanjeev Patel share their expertise with us in our Innovation U Virtual Seminar: Retooling Your Park to Increase Relevance and Involvement.


Dedicated to providing premier education and professional development opportunities, AURP presents iParks Webinars, a comprehensive, interactive community of innovation - online! iParks Webinars bring the world's innovation leaders straight to your desktop, covering a broad range of topics that Communities of Innovation around the world can implement in their parks. See below for our most recent iParks Webinar and for our iParks Archive for Webinars On Demand.

Recent iParks Webinars

iParks Webinar: How To Create An Innovation District

Featured Presenters:

  • Eric Tomlinson, DSc, PhD, Chief Innovation Officer, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center; President, Wake Forest Innovation Quarter
  • Patrick J. Whalen, Chief Operating Officer, Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Inc.
  • Moderator: Kevin T. Byrne, MBA, AURP President; President, The University Financing Foundation, Inc.

It seems like everywhere you turn these days one hears the "innovation district" buzzword. We'll examine what makes up an innovation district and then open the floor for a lively discussion.


iParks Webinar Archive

iParks Webinar: Connecting with Creatives through Social Media and Mobile Phones

Featured Presenters: Scott D. Meyer, Director of Outreach, 9 Clouds, Inc.
Derek Johnson, Chief Executive Officer, Tatango

Fee: $79.00 AURP Members / $99.00 Non-Member

The Perfect Triangle: University, Public and Private Sector Research Parks

Featured Presenters: J. Michael Bowman, Chairman & President, Delaware Technology Park
Gregory W. Deason, Vice President & Executive Director, Purdue Research Park

Fee: $79.00 AURP Members / $99.00 Non-Member

Renewable Energy in Texas

Featured Presenter: Mark Armentrout, President and COO of the Texas Institute for Sustainable Technology Research

Fee: $79.00 AURP Members / $99.00 Non-Member

Building Information Modeling: Saving Time and Money on Your Upcoming Project

Featured Presenters: Steven Gurtel, Project Manager, Whiting-Turner and Tom Fortier, Principal, ZGF Architects LLP

Fee: $79.00 AURP Members / $99.00 Non-Member

The Sustainable Sites Initiative

Featured Presenter: Gregory Napier RLA, LEED AP, Assistant Director of Real Estate and Physical Facilities, Purdue Research Foundation

Fee: $79.00 AURP Members / $99.00 Non-Member

Business Incubation: Taking Businesses From the Farm System to the Big Leagues

Charles D'Agostino, M.B.A., Executive Director, Louisiana Business & Technology Center

Fee: $79.00 AURP Members / $99.00 Non-Members