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Exit Strategies - Financing to the End Game

Judy moderated the panel "Exit Strategies - Financing to the End Game" at the American Chemical Society Entrepreneur Resources Center Entrepreneur Summit at the Chemical Heritage Foundation in March 2013.  The panel featured Dr. Stephen Flaim of Tech Coast Angels, Dr. Scott Lockledge of Fairbridge Venture Partners, and Dr. Edward Greer of the Venture and Business Development Group of the Dow Chemical Company.

You can watch the presentation here - this panel begins at 01:04:00 of the video.

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Lens of the Market Online - Introduction

This short video is comprised of the introduction module from the in-person Lens of the Market workshop, created with funding from the National Science Foundation (CHE #0926490). This workshop is intended to introduce scientists and engineers to a “lens of the market” perspective… to provide you with an opportunity to figure out if you want to use this lens of the market in conjunction with your research lens. Why? In order for you to better determine how the commercial world might benefit from your research. OUR goal with Lens of the Market is to help you develop innovations that can and will be used to help solve important problems for people and the planet.

Lens of the Market

Judy and Joseph are featured in this video by Scott Hancock on the Lens of the Market (LoM) workshop offered to the NSF Centers for Chemical Innovation (CCI).

Judy and Joseph describe the Lens of the Market workshop, an opportunity STEM researchers to learn the language and the lens of the market and how to use this to further their research and potentially solve some of the great challenges facing the world today.  Students who recently attended a LoM workshop discuss what they learned, such as their place in the value chain and the language of the market, and how Judy and Joseph's facilitation of the workshop really made it enjoyable and informative.

It Takes an Interdisciplinary Team to be Successful

The NCIIA in conjunction with ecosVC released video series discussing the importance of the team when bringing research through from an idea to commercialization.  Six experts share their thoughts on how the people you choose to work with can greatly impact your success as an innovator and entrepreneur.

Judy Giordan, Partner ecosVC and Senior Advisor to the NCIIA, explains that the best teams are created when everyone is superb individually at what they do but want to work together in an interdisciplinary team, and that ability to work and think interdisciplinarily is crucial to future success.

This video series was supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation, grant CHE #0920877.

Sources of Funding for New Technology Ventures

The NCIIA in conjunction with ecosVC released video series discussing sources of funding for new technology ventures.  Three experts provide an introduction into the complex world of new venture finance.

Joseph Steig, Partner ecosVC and Treasurer & Manager of Venture Development to the NCIIA, explains that venture capital isn't the only source of funding out there - there's friends and family and angel investors to consider as well.  University students have many resources available to them through their university technology transfer office.

This video series was supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation, grant CHE #0920877.

Innovators and Entrepreneurs need to Understand Customers' Needs

The NCIIA in conjunction with ecosVC released video series discussing how understanding customers' needs is essential for innovators and entrepreneurs.  Seven experts share their thoughts on how to understand customers' needs and how to go about meeting them.

Judy Giordan, Partner ecosVC and Senior Advisor to the NCIIA, explains that viewing research through the lens of the market in addition to the lens of pure research can truly spur innovation and be a benefit to the innovators, the economy and the world.

This video series was supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation, grant CHE #0920877.

The Importance of Advisors to Young Entrepreneurs

The NCIIA in conjunction with ecosVC released video series discussing the importance of advisors to young entrepreneurs.  Five experts share their thoughts on how mentors can offer advice, access to networks, sound advice, and business planning input.

Joseph Steig, Partner ecosVC and Treasurer & Manager of Venture Development to the NCIIA, explains how vital the credibility that advisors lend to young entrepreneurs and their ventures is to their success in securing future funding and support.

This video series was supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation, grant CHE #0920877.

Women's Perspectives on Entrepreneurship - Embrace Opportunities!

The NCIIA in conjunction with ecosVC released video series discussing women's perspectives on entrepreneurship.  Three experts share their thoughts on the challenges of being a female scientist or entrepreneur, and advise women in these fields to persevere and to let these challenges make them stronger.

Judy Giordan, Partner ecosVC and Senior Advisor to the NCIIA, explains that we all view the world and everyone in it through different lenses, and we need to use these lenses to discover and embrace opportunities, rather than allowing them to limit us.

This video series was supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation, grant CHE #0920877.

Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry Kickoff Workshop - Electronic and Electro-Optical films panel

The Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry (CSMC) is a National Science Foundation (NSF) Phase II Center for Chemical Innovation (CCI) that transitioned from a Phase I CCI in October 2011 (award # 1102637).  Judy and Joseph work with the CSMC to deliver workshops for the students.  Joseph moderated the electronic and electro-optical films panel, a key focus of the science at the CSMC.

Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry Kickoff Workshop - Functional Materials and Coatings panel

The Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry (CSMC) is a National Science Foundation (NSF) Phase II Center for Chemical Innovation (CCI) that transitioned from a Phase I CCI in October 2011 (award # 1102637).  Judy and Joseph work with the CSMC to deliver workshops for the students.  Judy moderated the functional coatings and materials panel, a key focus of the science at the CSMC.