Seed and Angel Funding for Science Founders

September 19, 2023 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm ET | CIC, Cambridge, MA Register!

Speaker Slides

Seed and Angel Funding for Science Founders

Laila Partridge, Founder/CEO HardTech Project

Northeastern University Presentation on Non-dilutive Funding Opportunities

Katie Hemphill, Director of Technology Ventures and Talent Network, Northeastern University’s CRI

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This event will be held as a hybrid event! Attendees will have the option to join us in-person at the Cambridge Innovation Center in Cambridge, MA or online via Zoom.

Science entrepreneurs derive from a wide variety of geographic and educational backgrounds.  Young or old(er), most share a strong passion for translating their ideas and data into commercial products and services to benefit the world. While the work is rewarding, it is a tremendously challenging endeavor, from building the team to meeting regulatory requirements. Often, the most daunting challenge is raising the financing needed to get started.

The panelists for tonight’s ENET event have deep experience in launching science startups, from the perspectives of founder, investor and legal views they are looking forward to sharing their insights with you. Please join us for an engaging discussion and stellar networking.

More information:

This is a hybrid event. You may choose to participate in-person or online.

In-person Participation (check-in begins at 6:00 PM):
LOCATION: CIC, Cambridge, MA

Online Participation:
Zoom links will be sent to all registrants after registration.

COST AND RESERVATIONS: This event is free for ENET members and $15. for non-members. Click here to learn how to become a member. To expedite sign-in for the event, we ask that everyone — members as well as non-members — pre-register. Pre-registration is available until midnight the day before the meeting. If you cannot pre-register, you are welcome to register in person at the door while seats are available.

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Event Schedule

September 19, 2023
6:30 pm ET
On-Site Check-in and Networking
7:00 pm ET
ENET Chairperson's announcements
7:10 pm ET
eMinute Pitch
up to 3 startups give a 90-second elevator pitch
7:25 pm ET
Expert Panel
expert speakers on the night’s topic
8:15 pm ET
Q & A
Moderator and Audience Q & A with the speakers
8:30 pm ET
Final Networking, including the night's speakers

Panel Speakers

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Dr. Tancredi Botto

Entrepreneur with recent seed/angel experience

CEO and co-Founder of Muon Vision Inc, Dr. Botto is a senior applied physicist and established leader in the development of physics-based technology platforms, with significant experience in multidisciplinary corporate and academic R&D. In 2019 he co-founded Muon Vision, a startup registered in Chile and US dedicated to providing the mining industry with unique X-ray powers to boost the efficiency, safety and sustainability of the global supply chain for critical metals.

Dr. Botto received his PhD in 1999 from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, for research in fundamental electro-nuclear physics conducted at the Dutch National Institute for Nuclear and Particle Physics (NIKHEF). He then continued his academic research at the MIT/Bates accelerator facility focusing on the determination of the shape and charge distribution of protons and neutrons in light nuclei.

In 2005, Dr. Botto joined Schlumberger, the recognized world leader for technology services in the Oil & Gas industry as a research scientist. There he led the development of several advanced electromagnetic and nuclear sensing technologies, including the first-ever borehole tool for subsurface density mapping with cosmic-rays muons. While at SLB, Dr. Botto also led several sponsored research collaborations with Harvard and MIT on topics such as photonics, nanofabrication, and high-temperature power electronics.

Since 2018, Dr. Botto has also been retained as a consultant and R&D expert by companies in the US, Europe, and South America on a variety of topics in the oil & gas and mining sectors, medical devices and nuclear fusion.

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Laila Partridge

Hard tech gap funding (seed to angel)

Laila is a serial entrepreneur, investor, and Fortune 100 trained executive who enjoys working with fast growing technology companies. She began her tech investing career at Intel Capital during its formative years. While at Intel, Laila was also part of the executive team that launched Itanium® microprocessor family for which she conceived and raised the $253 million Intel® 64 Fund described in Harvard Business School’s case study N9-800-351. She left Intel to found and lead several start-ups, including a communications technology spin-out out of Caltech and MIT, a novel retail mobile app, and a real estate SaaS sustainability company. During her tenure as Managing Director of the STANLEY+Techstars Accelerator she returned to investing with a focus on HardTech. Laila is currently CEO and Founder of the HardTech Project, which aims to solve the early-stage hardware funding gap. Laila holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honors from Wellesley College and sits on the boards of Cambridge Trust [NASDAQ: CATC] and Lightwave Logic, Inc. [NASDAQ: LWLG].

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Katie Hemphill

University viewpoint non-dilutive seed/grant

As Director of Technology Ventures and Talent Network at Northeastern University’s Center for Research Innovation (CRI), Katie leads the development of a pipeline that encourages the discovery, formation, launch and growth of new ventures. In addition to managing the various venture programs at CRI, she continues to cultivate a team of executive talent who mentor and support spinouts as they launch and scale. Katie plays a pivotal role in enhancing Northeastern’s thriving entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem by partnering with existing internal and external stakeholders. In her free time, Katie helps organize operations at SamScribbler, a charitable corporation.

Moderator & Organizers

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Brian Hult

Founding Partner, Blue Nexus Ventures

Brian is a founding partner of private equity firm Blue Nexus Ventures. He joined BNV from Cabot Boston Credit Union and Cabot Corporation. For over 9 years at Cabot Boston Credit Union he held the roles of Member and Chairman, Board of Directors and was responsible for the management of the funds of 800 members totaling over $7.4 AUM. Over the 9 years he held leadership roles conducting audits, loan reviews, credit underwriting, reviewing and revising policy compliance processes, and implementation of member growth strategies.

For over 11 years at Cabot Corporation Mr. Hult held roles of increasing responsibility in New Product Chemistry, Process Engineering, and Strategic Market Development which resulted in the development of intellectual property, the scaling of new products from lab-scale to metric ton production scales, and commercial launches in Inkjet Printing, Automotive and Industrial Rubber, and Battery industries.

He has a history of startups and experience in a variety of industries including internet gaming, performance and racing automotive aftermarket, aquaculture, clean tech, environmental, consulting and marketing & advertising.

He holds a Masters of Science degree in Technology Entrepreneurship and a Masters of Science degree in Chemistry and Materials Science from Northeastern University and a Bachelors of Science in Chemistry with minors in Physics and Business Administration from Eastern Nazarene College.

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