Startup Toolbox


Startup Toolbox, conceived and contributed to the Gates Center by Advisory Board member and real estate executive Ann Sperling, is another important part of the bench-to-bedside operating philosophy of the Gates Center and the Anschutz Medical Campus. Startup Toolbox is co-administered with CU innovations, and provides researchers essential services that are not traditionally funded by medically-oriented grants. These commercialization resources include support for financial modeling and business plans, as well as assistance with regulatory strategy and corporate formation. The novel platform also includes legal strategy and guidance, product development, and Small Business Innovation Resources (SBIR) consultants.

As a member of the Gates Grubstake Fund’s Scientific Investment Advisory Committee, Ann has reviewed and recommended awards for promising regenerative medicine opportunities. She has also heard from those researchers regarding their desire for help outside of the sciences in building a business plan, or accessing guidance in intellectual property, regulatory or legal challenges. The goal of the program is to lower the barrier to commercialization in advancing more regenerative medicine opportunities, and to allow Gates Center members to focus more of their time in the lab developing the science.

Ann is Senior Director at Trammell Crow Company in Denver, and has extensive experience as a top-level executive in real estate investing, leasing, development and management. She also has wide experience in public and private company governance, operations, financial performance and new business development. Her philanthropic and volunteer efforts include Vice Chair of Children’s Hospital Colorado board, Urban Land Institute, Colorado Outward Bound and more.

Please reach out to the Gates Center Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) or CU Innovations for more information on the Startup Toolbox.