October 2019
The best startups are successful when managed by effective leadership. Effective leadership occurs when company goals and team strengths are understood, and the leaders know how to build out a scalable value proposition.

"A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don't necessarily want to go, but ought to be."
--Rosalynn Carter, Former First Lady

According to CB Insights , the power of team building and having effective management for startups is a key element to company success. Investors in startups value the quality of the team and the interaction of the founding members, because 90% of investors believe the quality of the management team is the single most important non-financial factor when evaluating returns on investment. With a solid team in place, the next critical component is identifying the proper executive level management that will catapult a startup to the next stage.  
Smart Rotation
In May, we announced our first match from the Executives-on-Roster (XOR) program. Recently, the founder of  Smart Rotation  took to LinkedIn to show her excitement in conducting a trade show with her XOR Match, Michelle Klumb. We are excited to demonstrate why XOR can be powerful for our startups. 
"...after jumping on a quick video call, I knew she was the right person for Smart Rotation. We clicked instantly and her experience has been so invaluable to us. In the short time Michele has been with the company, we've grown so much and introduced better processes in our customer-focused company. I'm excited to see where we go from here!"
--Madison Hartung, Founder, SmartRotation

The Executives-on-Roster (XOR) program is growing. Since the launch of the Midwest XOR and the Southeast XOR programs in August 2018, there has been a great deal of interest from universities wanting to either be a part of the existing Midwest and Southeast XOR programs, or wanting to start their own regional XOR program.

The University of Arizona is currently leading the development of a West XOR program for universities in their region.

Stay tuned for more updates on this project .
Upcoming Webinars
Executives-on-Roster (XOR): Best Practices and Talent Matching
Friday, October 11 at 2:00 p.m. EST/1:00 P.M. CST

Sponsored by the UAMS Translational Research Institute, BioVentures LLC, and the NIGMS Systems Pharmacology and Toxicology T32 Training Program

Member ID: 495-215-321
Founder Hunt
The University of Kentucky (UK) Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC) is partnering with University of Louisville, Louisville Entrepreneurship Acceleration Partnership (LEAP), Louisville Healthcare CEO Council, and Commonwealth Commercialization Center (C3) on the Founder Hunt. Founder Hunt is a startup pitch event pairing incredible healthcare research with entrepreneurs.

The goal is to connect research-backed technologies with startup founders who want to build a company around them.

The event will include university technology pitches, networking session with posters, lunch, horse racing, and networking.

November 15, 2019
11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Churchill Downs
Louisville, Kentucky

Available Webinars for Viewing
Webinar for Executives-on-Roster (XOR) Entrepreneurs

This webinar provides information for entrepreneurs on the XOR platform and how to best utilize it. It includes a discussion among XOR platform entrepreneurs.
Webinar for Executives-on-Roster (XOR) University Members

This webinar provides information for university members. Learn about best practices and receive tips on talent matching.
University of Kentucky's Mariam Gorjian was part of a panel titled "Match Game: Connecting Academia, Innovators and Industry" at the University-Industry Demonstration Partnership (UIDP) Conference in Columbus, Ohio on September 18. She was on the panel with Jeff Agnoli from The Ohio State University where she discussed the XOR program.