LESI | Print Page | Sign In | Join
LES RTP: Empowering University Technology Commercialization Through Venture and Angel Funding Orgs
Tell a Friend About This EventTell a Friend

LES Research Triangle Park: Empowering University Technology Commercialization Through Venture and Angel Funding Organizations

When: Tuesday, May 29, 2018
11:45 AM - 1:15 PM
Where: Maggiano’s Little Italy
The Streets at SouthPoint
8030 Renaissance Parkway Suite 890
Durham, North Carolina  27713
United States
Contact: Leon Legleiter
(919) 493-8000

Online registration is closed.
« Go to Upcoming Event List  

LES Research Triangle Park Chapter presents:

Empowering University Technology Commercialization Through Venture and Angel Funding Organizations

Presentation and Lunch 

Tuesday, May 29, 2018: 11:45 am - 1:15pm Eastern

While numerous innovations emerge from our North Carolina research institutions, lack of early stage funding presents a significant hurdle for university startups and the development of university technologies.  Therefore, venture and angel funds focused on university spinouts are being formed to pull together the university’s entrepreneurial community, their alumni, and local companies to fund and empower the development and commercialization of university inventions.  Our panelists will discuss the goals and structure of each of their organizations and how these groups interface with their respective institutions and entrepreneurial ecosystem.


Michael Dial, PhD – Manager, Carolina Research Ventures Fund and Principal, Hatteras Venture Partners

Mike joined Hatteras in 2009 from Silicon Valley Bank, where he was a Vice President in the Corporate Finance Group focused on emerging tech and life science companies and venture capital funds. Prior to SVB, he held research scientist positions in the Department of Biochemistry at UNC-Chapel Hill, the Laboratory of Structural Biology at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, and the UNC-Duke Michael Hooker Proteomics Center. He has performed research in the fields of cell cycle regulation, proteomics, and cancer therapy.  Mike is a Professor of the Practice at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is also the Manager of the Carolina Research Ventures Fund, a fund dedicated to UNC-Chapel Hill related start-ups. He holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Biophysics from UNC-Chapel Hill.Mike serves on the boards of Ribometrix, Genturi and StrideBio and is a board observer at Spyryx. Previously, Mike was involved with G1 Therapeutics, Viamet, Lysosomal Therapeutics, Artizan Biosciences and Curoverse, among others, and has held various operational roles in portfolio companies. Mike has also served on committees and panels for the North Carolina Biotech Center, Council for Entrepreneurial Development, SEBIO, and PTP NEXT.

Abby Phillips - Program Coordinator, Wolfpack Investor Network, North Carolina State University

Abby is the director for member services for the Wolfpack Investor Network at NC State University. She joined in January 2017, four months after WIN began. Interested in entrepreneurship since college, she started a small business in 2006 which she still owns and helps operate. Abby focuses mostly on communication with WIN members and due diligence for WIN’s portfolio companies. She has seven years’ experience managing university programs and worked at Duke University in career services prior to joining WIN. 

Chelsea Eshraghi – Director, Carolina Angel Network, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Prior to joining the Carolina Angel Network, Chelsea was a Senior Associate at Casla Capital Management, a New York based private equity fund with a focus on lower middle market special situations.  While at Casla, Chelsea was responsible for all aspects of the investment process including sourcing, due diligence, execution and operations.  She previously held trading positions at boutique investment banks Imperial Capital and Global Hunter Securities where she was responsible for trading industrial, retail and European high yield debt. Chelsea began her career on the short term fixed income trading desk at Bank of America. Chelsea graduated with a B.S. in Finance from University of North Carolina at Wilmington and received her MBA from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, where she was an Alternative Investment Fellow.


 Through May 22:

LES Member: $30
Non-Member: $35

 After May 22:

LES Member: $35
Non-Member: $40




The RTP Chapter uses online registration for members and non-members and accepts payment by credit card. Members should login to the registration page with their LES online account.

A $5.00 cancellation fee is applied to all refunds.  Cancellations are non-refundable after May 22. Substitutions are accepted.  Contact LES at (703) 234-4058 for assistance.

Disability/Dietary Needs
Requests for ADA accommodations and special dietary needs should be submitted to the event contact listed at the top of the page. 

Photography Consent
By registering for this event, you permit LES and its chapters to use photographs of you with or without your name and for any lawful purpose, including for example such purposes as publicity, illustration, advertising, and web content.



Connect with more than 500 intellectual capital management decision-makers and thought leaders around the world. Join us at the LES 2019 Annual Meeting as a sponsor to promote your company and discover new business opportunities. Learn more
11130 Sunrise Valley Drive, Suite 350 Reston, VA 20191 Phone: 703-234-4058 Fax: 703-234-4147