In yet another example of the current trend toward linking ideas with the people who can leverage those ideas, the June issue of Entrepreneur magazine included a short piece on the recently launched iBridge Network. It's a pilot program sponsored by the Kaufmann Foundation and powered by Flintbox, an existing online platform being used in Canada.
The program and network is aimed at accelerating the commercialization of university-based technologies and innovations. I like the way that they are positioning the community as both facilitating collaboration across universities and linking in entrepreneurs who can bring the products to market. Time will tell whether it gains critical mass (only about 500+ technologies thus far) but it appears to be going after a different audience and approach than the traditional online technology marketplaces like Nine Sigma and Yet2.