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?”

Economic Assessment: Preparing to Share Your Impact
May 3, 2023 02:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Knowing the impact of your Park or District is important. Sharing the economic and societal impact of your community of innovation is critical. Kicking off this special webinar series, join in as we discuss pertinent metrics and data to utilize the Power of your Park or District to your great potential. This webinar series leads up to the return of the AURP Building Communities Week (August 21-25) where we encourage you to invite your congressional leaders to your park/district. Templates and talking points will be provided to put you in the best light!


  • Ariella Lukac - Stiletto Consulting
  • Laura Appenzeller - University of Illinois Research Park
  • Laura Bleill - University of Illinois Research Park

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Speed and Scale: One Organization Leverages its CRM for Web, and Ecosystem Visibility
April 12, 2023, at 4 p.m. Eastern Time

During this TBED Community of Practice webinar, we will hear how the Florida High Tech Corridor has implemented AirTable as a flexible customer relationship management platform and leverages off-the-shelf and custom tools to add functionality to its website and to rapidly advance its ecosystem visibility and project goals. We will follow this presentation with a community discussion of platforms used by economic development organizations to achieve similar speed and scale.

Speaker: Amy Beaird, Chief Strategy Officer, Florida High Tech Corridor
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Recent Virtual Seminars

Where are the Leading Technology Clusters in Canada and the U.S.:
A Webinar Discussion Previewing Issues AURP will Feature at #AURPIC2022 in Toronto (September 19-22)

Wednesday, July 27, 2022, 2:00 - 3:30 PM Eastern Time

Learn more about ITIF's new report on leading tech clusters in Canada and the U.S.
Featuring Guest Speakers:
Steve Ezell, VP, Global Innovation Policy; Director, Center for Life Sciences Innovation, ITIF
Mark Schaan, Associate Assistant Deputy Minister, Innovation, Science & Economic Development, Canada

Build Back Better (BBB) Regional Challenge:
Lessons from Existing Regional Tech Hubs in Urban, Suburban and Rural Settings

Wednesday, January 12, 2022, 2:00 - 3:30 PM Eastern Time

Hear from AURP members University City Science Center in Philadelphia, Research Triangle Park in North Carolina, and Nebraska Innovation Campus on ways regional technology ecosystems have formed and thrived. Attend this free AURP webinar to learn how regions in differing geographic locations can build inclusive technology hubs that will be of interest to those planning or growing innovation districts and research parks across the U.S., including BBB Phase One grantees.
Join us for this special free webinar.

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