GIST TechConnect: Emerging Trends in Startup Investing
Across the globe, early-stage investment has grown exponentially. The investment ecosystem is evolving and becoming much more sophisticated, which has had an increasingly positive impact on science and technology-based startups. As the ecosystem continues to grow, it’s imperative for startups to understand the emerging trends in angel investing, corporate investing, venture capital firms, financial institutions, and government investment. Learning best practices for leveraging these resources for their growth is vital for securing capital. Tune into the next TechConnect to gain a global perspective on the direction of early-stage equity investments. This GIST TechConnect will be live streamed alongside the virtual Annual Angel Capital Association (ACA) Summit. The ACA represents over 14,000 angel investors and over 250 investment groups within North America. The ACA Summit will convene the world’s top angel investors, venture capitalists, and entrepreneurs to discuss the trends, opportunities, and growth in the angel investment community. Our panel of experts will be global thought leaders, experienced investors, and top angel managers in the field. Join us for this unique opportunity to ask questions of these trailblazers, while gaining a full perspective on the global angel investment ecosystem!
Head, Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JLABS
As Head of JLABS @ Washington, DC, Sally sets the strategic direction and oversees all operational activities for JLABS in the greater Washington metro region, including Maryland and Virginia. In this role, Sally is responsible for the process of evaluating and selecting a strong portfolio of innovators for JLABS @ Washington, DC, and building strategic partnerships with corporate, academic, government and industry organizations that aim to strengthen the region’s life sciences innovation network. Sally joined JLABS after serving as Senior Director, Strategy & Operations on the Global External Innovation team at Johnson & Johnson, where she supported portfolio management and reporting and strategic business development efforts across the organization.
Managing Director, P&G Ventures
Alan S. Goldstein is the Managing Director P&G Ventures. He is a passionate innovator with a relentless pursuit to deliver game-changing consumer experiences. He has more than 25 years of experience delivering Disruptive Market, Open Innovation, Design, and Consumer Products Innovation. Alan’s sustainable track record of delivering new-to-the-world innovations across P&G businesses has included the creation of new brands such Febreze, Swiffer and Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. He currently leads several areas within P&G Ventures, developing new businesses with an emphasis on external partnerships. Alan has more than 30 granted patents.
Managing Partner, MiLA Capital
Noramay Cadena is a Managing Partner at MiLA Capital, an early-stage venture capital firm she cofounded in Los Angeles focused on funding tech you can touch. Previously, she spent over a decade at Boeing leading teams working on new complex aviation/aerospace programs. Noramay is also a Kauffman Fellow, a lead investor in Portfolia's Rising America fund, and a founding member of Latinx VC. Noramay holds a MBA, a Master’s in Engineering Systems and a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
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