Some universities and colleges have technology transfer offices. These are good resources for student entrepreneurs to find intellectual property to exploit, make industry connections, and sometimes get further support for their ventures.

According to the InBIA: “Technology transfer and commercialization offices are focused on providing information, guidelines and resources to faculty, students or staff interested in commercializing research or intellectual property developed at the university through spin-out or technology startup companies. Technology transfer offices connect these companies with incubators, corporations, government agencies and investors. Some offer programs that include informal learning opportunities and mentoring. These offices typically do not have space available for rent, and do not have graduation criteria or culminating events.”

The Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) is the “trade organization” and has about 3,300 members and represents over 300 universities. Student memberships are available