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Day 1: Launching a Startup
Welcome from Princeton
Hear from Princeton's Vice Dean for Innovation Craig B. Arnold and Donald R. Seitz, Associate Director, Princeton Entrepreneurship Council, as they officially opened Empower 2023.
Keynote: Katie Rae and Sydney Thomas in a conversation between two leading female VCs
This fireside chat between two exceptional venture capitalists with a focus on two different but complementary sectors, each driving significant societal impacts, kicked off the Empower Conference and amplified the conference themes of providing knowledge, resources and connections for women entrepreneurs.
From Innovation to Impact: I-Corps | Grants | Accelerators
This panel with a broad range of responsibilities and experiences discussed resources available during the earliest stages of an academic startup.
Tech Transfer and Licensing Strategies
Workshop: Customer Discovery
I-Corps lead instructor Christina Pellicane led this workshop, discussing techniques and tools to validate one’s proposed solution by gathering customer feedback and fine-tuning the product-market fit.
Sector Focus: Women Founders and Investors in the Physical and Material Sciences
Day 2: Funding a Startup
Closing the Funding Gap: Insights to Empower Women Entrepreneurs
Gwen Edwards of Golden Seeds reviewed some of the most recent startup investment trends as captured in the latest ARI (Angel Research Institute) The Halo Report. Ilene H. Lang, former CEO of Catalyst, shared her perspectives - gained from a career as a startup CEO and advisor to large corporations advocating for women in leadership roles - on ways to combat these data trends.
Sector Focus: What You Didn't Learn in English Class -- Exploring the Intersection of Entrepreneurship and the Humanities
Keynote Address: Kate Goodall
Workshop: Elevating Your Pitch Through Storytelling
Day 3: Scaling a Startup
Keynote Address: When Women Lead featuring Julia Boorstin, Angel Brunner and Heidi Patel
Workshop: Building a Strategy Map to Create a Path to Sustainable Success
Sector Focus: Exploring Investor-Founder Fit in Biotech and Digital Health Startups
Celebrating Women Academic Entrepreneurship
- Explore the path to entrepreneurial success and positive societal impact for academic-driven innovations by faculty, graduate students, postdocs and other founders in deep tech, social sciences, arts and humanities.
- Engage with experts across the three stages of university startups – launching, funding and scaling – and learn valuable skills and resources to tap as your entrepreneurial journey unfolds.
- Network with fellow founders and investors in the commercialization of university-developed intellectual property.
- Celebrate with some of the nation's best academic spinouts during a pitch competition in which presenting companies will compete for significant cash and in-kind prizes.
- Online, April 26-27-28
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For more information about the Empower conference and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Don Seitz, Associate Director, Princeton Entrepreneurship Council.