Emerging Innovations Fund

Money. People. Ideas.

In 2008, the Purdue Research Foundation introduced the Emerging Innovations Fund, an integrated approach to research innovation, development and commercialization. A partnership between the Purdue Research Foundation and the Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship, the Emerging Innovations Fund is an initiative that brings together ideas, management and money to accelerate the commercialization of early-stage technologies in the Purdue community.

New ventures formed by Purdue faculty, staff and students based on Purdue discoveries and early stage (pre-series A) Purdue Research Park companies are eligible to apply for development funding in amounts from $20,000 to $150,000.

Facts about the Emerging Innovations Fund:

  • Purdue Research Foundation administers the EIF.
  • The EIF is designed to bridge the gap between the enterprise formation and third-party equity financing. 
  • Investments from the fund are made on a competitive basis under advisement of the Economic Advisory Board and are structured as convertible debt.
  • Funding should be applied towards critical commercially-relevant development, to improve the probability of attracting the follow-on funding.

Partial funding for the Emerging Innovation Fund comes from philanthropic, tax-deductible gifts. For more information on contributing to the fund, click here.

Applying for the Fund

Application deadline is Friday, August 29, 2014.

The Emerging Innovations Fund is designed specifically to support new business ventures built on Purdue discoveries and early stage Purdue Research Park companies. The Emerging Innovations Fund makes seed investments and early-stage loans in the form of debt and/or warrants.

Selections are made based on the investment opportunity. Investment(s) may be tranched in accordance with achievement of specific milestone events. Assistance with the application is provided through the PRF Office of Technology Commercialization.

Applications may be submitted in MS-word or PDF format to jdgortat@prf.org

Due diligence occurs over two to three months following the close of an applications period. You may be contacted for additional information in this review window.

Applications must contain all of the following:

  • Full business plan complete with a proposed exit and financial plan
  • Executive Summary
  • Optional: Company presentation
  • Optional: Additional documents
  • Company contact info
    • Management Team Names and titles
    • Previous Investors
    • IP status
    • # of employees
    • Capital Seeking (must be less than or equal to $150,000)
  • Planned use of the requested investment, include specific product development events to be accomplished.
  • In 250 words or less, describe each of the following:
    • One Line Pitch.
    • Summarize your business.
    • What specifically makes your management team most qualified to build this business?
    • Define customer problem.
    • Describe the solution you sell.
    • Define your market.
    • List your current or potential customers.
    • Sales and marketing strategy.
    • Describe your business model
    • Describe the competitive landscape and list your competitors.
    • Define your competitive advantage and list barriers to entry.

Please direct all questions to:

Jonathan D. Gortat
Purdue Research Foundation
Office of Technology Commercialization
Kurz Technology Center
1281 Win Hentschel Blvd
West Lafayette, IN 47906
Phone: 765-588-3485
Fax: 765-463-3486
Email: jdgortat@prf.org