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ACA Cleantech Panel

ecosVC’s Managing Director and Chemical Angel Network co-founder Judy Giordan moderated the Cleantech Panel at the recent Angel Capital Association Meeting held in Washington, DC. The aim of the panel? Gaining insights from Angel Investors who don’t usually invest in this space and sharing how they can become involved.

Check out an article on the Cleantech Panel ("Cleantech Angels Say They’re Seeing “Green” in Latest Investments") and download Cleantech Investing as Part of Your Portfolio, presented during the Cleantech Panel!



Maximizing Utility and Adoption of Biobased Chemicals

Judy Giordan joined the "Bio-based vs. Petroleum: Competing on Price, Performance and Quality" panel at the 4th Annual World Bio Markets USA conference in San Francisco, CA, on October 30. Her presentation "Everything but the Squeal: Maximizing Utility and Adoption of Biobased Chemicals" discusses how we need to move beyond simply talking about invention and start thinking about value chains, supply and demand, and scaling the science. There's a language to innovation and we need to learn it to be successful and really solve the global challenges facing us.

Download the slides here.


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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Finance 201 - Startup Equity: What Investors Want

ACS Webinar, November 1, 2012.  Joseph Steig moderates. "Valuations, term sheets, tranches, waterfall, etc. You learned the language of chemistry, now it is time to learn the language of investing. The experts are here to help!"

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Chemical Angel Network Funds Chemistry Start-Ups

Judy is quoted in the October 22, 2012, Chemical & Engineering News article "Chemical Angel Network Funds Chemistry Start-Ups" by Marc Reisch.

Reisch discusses the recently founded Chemical Angel Network (CaN), which specializes in providing seed capital for chemistry-related start-up companies.  Judy is the co-founder of CaN along with Mark Vreeke and Sid White.  In the article Judy points out that while chemistry is essential for many biotechnology, pharmaceutical and energy-related start-ups, "chemistry is not a buzzword today that people love.”  But the time is right for chemistry-related start-ups, and investing in these will help spur the US economy as well as develop the technology we need for a better future.

Government Grants for Translating Research to Innovations

CSMC Webinar, September 20, 2012.  Judy Giordan moderates. 

Securing government funding is often an instrumental part of translating laboratory and academic research into large scale innovations and independent business ventures.  A staggering amount of money is made available for precisely this purpose and programs addressing a wide variety of research initiatives are launched every year.  Of course, the process begins with identifying the appropriate grant opportunities and tailoring your proposal for maximum effectiveness by highlighting your potential for innovation. 

How should a scientist with an exciting idea begin his or her search for government funding opportunities?  What advice can experts offer on drafting an impactful proposal?  What is the expectation of the role of innovation in large government programs?

Listen to Judy and distinguished panelists Dr. Ilan Gur, Program Director and Senior Advisor for Commercialization, Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E), and Dr. Ben Schrag, Program Director, National Science Foundation (NSF), take live audience questions on ARPA-E, SBIR and other government funding options.

Financial Planning, Your Career and YOU: Building Financial Security in an Insecure World

Judy moderated a panel at the American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting in Philadelphia, PA in August 2012 titled "Financial Planning, Your Career and YOU: Building Financial Security in an Insecure World."  Sandra Goodstein, CFP, MSFS, CSFA, Managing Principal of Goodstein & Associates, LLC and Karen McIntyre, CFP, Wealth Counselor for United Capital Private Wealth Counseling were the distinguished panelists.  This panel was part of the programming offered by the ACS Women Chemists Committee (WCC) and co-sponsored by the Association for Women in Science (AWIS).

Startup Support – Who Provides What and At What Terms or Qualifications?

ACS Webinar, June 7, 2012.  Joseph Steig moderates. "You need lab space, employees, a sales team, legal advice, and business strategists. Oh yeah… you needed them yesterday. Learn what resources, other than funding, are needed by and available to help entrepreneurs. Join in this eye-opening discussion with Dean Chang, MTech and Gus Weber, Polaris Ventures."

*The recording of this webinar is no longer available online

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.

The Art in Startups: Getting Funded

ACS Webinar, October 20, 2011.  Joseph Steig moderates.  "You may have a great idea, but how do you persuade investors to sustain funding all the way from development to market?  Raising capital is among the most fundamental of all business activities, yet it is one of the least understood by scientists. Get valuable inside perspectives on what investors look for and learn the keys to building a high growth venture! Join our speakers, Joseph Steig, Director of VentureWell at NCIIA, and Dr. Stephen Flaim, President of San Diego Tech Coast Angels, as they reveal the “art” in startups!"

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Women are GREAT Leaders, Investors & Entrepreneurs... So why aren't there more of all three...

See Judy's presentation to the Pittsburgh Technology Council entitled "Women are GREAT Leaders, Investors & Entrepreneurs... So why aren't there more of all three..." (2009).  Judy delves into the research on companies that employ women in senior management positions, the statistics on the number of women employed on Wall Street, and the success of women entrepreneurs. The bottom line: women are underrepresented in all three areas, and studies show that more women in all three areas is necessary for American competitiveness and the health of the global economy. Women need to proceed with confidence into these areas!

Impact of Transformative Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education on Academic Institutions

The 2008 National Science Foundation workshop report Impact of Transformative Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education on Academic Institutions, prepared by the IGERT Program Directors Judy Giordan and Carol Van Hartesveldt, summarizes the findings of a 2-day workshop held in Arlington, VA, with institutional leaders and faculty with the goal of defining the progress of interdisciplinary research and graduate education and their impacts on academic institutions.