Fall 2010 IAB
September 15 to 17

Tammi Smorynski, Director, Intel Capital

Technology Launch from Seed Funding to Liquidity Event

One of the successful paths from research to commercialization is through venture funding to an eventual acquisition by a viable manufacturing company. New University graduates may have years of personal investment in their dissertation topics and they are often best prepared and highly motivated to further technology risk reduction in incubated or seed-funded startups. However, novel technology is not itself sufficient to get something to commercialization and a successful acquisition liquidity event.

1) Traditional venture funding path
2) How current environment (US economy and Venture industry) impacts fundraising and ways to manage through this cycle
3) Beyond research, what are pitfalls to get to commercialization