Let's Get Connected LLL at Virginia Tech June 18 2020 - Flipbook - Page 19
Shaping a new kind of workforce.
Founded in 2018, LINK LICENSE LAUNCH is setting
the standard with successes, including partnerships
with Boeing and Caterpillar, founding members of
the Calhoun Discovery Program. With industryembedded professors of practice, market-informed
sandbox projects, and scholarships for underrepresented students, the Calhoun Discovery
Program is delivering a new kind of student
experience, integrating engineering, science,
business, design, arts, humanities, and policy.
Catalyzing worldwide collaboration.
In 2019, LINK seeded the first-ever Blocksburg
Summit, bringing blockchain leaders from around
the world to Virginia Tech to engage in conversations
at the intersection of technology, research,
regulation, policy, and economics in commercial
enterprises, government, and education. The summit
expanded the reach of Virginia Tech’s blockchain
program, which was seeded in 2018 by a $3M gift
from Block.one to help the company develop the
talent pool of computer science graduates with
Helping inventions become market innovations.
In just one year, the LICENSE & LAUNCH team
doubled the number of licenses from the prior
year with 20 new deals. We helped form six tech
start-ups and encouraged nearly 150 invention
disclosures from the Virginia Tech community. Our
applied research led to applications for more than
70 patents, three new varieties of plants, and more
than 50 patents issuances — also double the prior
Supporting new platforms for partnership.
At the same time, we supported major university
initiatives, such as the Virginia Tech Innovation
Campus and the Commonwealth Cyber Initiative,
which will forever change the trajectory of Virginia
Tech and offer new platforms for partnership and
innovation near the nation’s capital.