Universities can support costly technology projects by teaming up with venture capitalists seeking sound investments, but higher-education officials should beware the potential for investor money to become bogged down in a bulky campus bureaucracy, according to a study released this month.

The University of Southern California's "Venture Capital – University Interface: Best Practices to Make Maximum Impact" outlines five ways higher-education institutions can attract funding from the investment world while campuses nationwide see budgets stagnate or slashed by state lawmakers.

Eight out of 10 venture capitalist investors "miss the mark when it comes to addressing the question of timing," according to the...

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