BI Academy: Financing Early Stage Companies

September 6, 2016

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Time: 5:00PM - 8:00PM
Location: Lobby


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BI Academy offers in open forum, an opportunity for small start-ups and early stage companies, to participate and learn in conversation with BI and its guests, how to work with industry, scientifically and business-wise. At BI Academy we will bring to you BI scientists and business professionals, business partners, and Boston area experts and luminaries to join in conversation around scientific expectations regarding value driving experiments, driving value along the development path, attractive indications and subpopulations. The BI Academy will provide you real-world information that you can use, not the vague statements you hear in other forums.

Financing for Early Stage Companies
The old adage that friends, fools and families were those you approached to finance your start-up may have been true in the past, but is certainly antiquated if not inadequate today. Today, there are many more options to evangelizing to your family and friends. Today, there are disease foundations, family funds and venture philanthropists; there are angel investors (who are starting to act like venture capitalists) and VCs themselves. Additionally, there are corporate strategics (VCs), and corporations willing to make direct investments. And of course, we have the federal government who is trying to come up with creative mechanisms to fund early stage companies and help traverse the valley of death. All these options come with different constraints, and like a recipe, some go well with others, and some much less so.

Join us for a great discussion on understanding the different funding sources and how they can and cannot work together optimally. Our panel includes:

Moderator: Martin Heidecker from BI Venture Fund/John Hession

  • Steve Curtis: 2M
  • Vikas Goyal: SR One
  • Richard Anders: Angel Investor
  • Kieran Reddy: Clarus Ventures
  • Phoebe Kwan: Saint Gobain

5:00 pm-5:30 pm: Arrival and Registration
5:30 pm-6:15 pm: Networking
6:15 pm-7:15 pm: Panel Discussion
7:15 pm-7:30 pm: Q&A
7:30 pm-8:00 pm: Networking and conclusion