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 has worked extensively with early stage tech and life science companies for the past decade. Prior to joining Hatteras in 2009, Mike was a Vice President in Silicon Valley Bank’s Corporate Finance Group where he focused on emerging 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. In addition to his role in managing CRVF, Mike also serves as the President of KinoDyn and is an observer on the boards of Spyryx Biosciences, Lysosomal Therapeutics, NuSirt BioPharma and Curoverse. He holds a doctorate in biochemistry and biophysics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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.
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LES Member: $30
| After May 22:
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