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Speakers

Session 1 - How to Raise Funds from Strategic Investors | February 7, 2023 | 11:15am - 12:15pm EST

Moderator

Jack Bell

Managing Director - Pantek Partners

Panelist

Alisa Band

Senior Investment Manager - Henkel Tech Ventures

Panelist

Josh Epstein

Managing Partner - UDC Ventures

Panelist

Brian Wong

President - Zelos Energy

Panelist

Yi Zhang

Head of Strategic Investments, Senior Advisor to the President of Wanxiang America - Wanxiang America Corp.

University Technology Showcase & Lunch | February 7, 2023 | 11:45am - 3:15pm EST

Moderator

Joe Slezak

Director of Marketing and Business Development - H2R CPA

Judge

Nehal Bhojak

President & CEO - Lumis Corp.

Judge

Afshan Khan

Portfolio Executive - Innovation Works

Judge

Lauren Williams

Director - 412 Venture Fund

University Represenative

Daniel Broderick

EIR - University of Pittsburgh - Innovation Institute

University Representative

Reed McManigle

Mentor in Residence - Center for Technology Transfer and Enterprise Creation - Carnegie Mellon University

University Represenative

Paul Petrovich

Assistant Director, Business Development - University of Pittsburgh - Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Session 2 - The Underdog Financing Option: Why You Should Consider Debt Financing During Your Capital Raise | February 7, 2023 | 3:15 - 4:15pm EST

Moderator

Eric Kline

Partner - Troutman Pepper

Panelist

Daniel Frechtling

CEO - Boltive

Panelist

Wendy Jarchow

Chief Investment Officer - River SaaS Capital

Session 3 - The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: How the Right Funding Partners Can Help You Navigate Business Challenges | February 7, 2023 | 4:30 - 5:30pm EST

Moderator

Wendy Jarchow

Chief Investment Officer - River SaaS Capital

Panelist

Bethany George

Partner, Investments - JumpStart Inc.

Panelist

Gerald Hetrick

CEO - Bezlio

Panelist

Dave Lowman

CFO - Proformex

Panelist

Alicia McGinnis

General Partner - Audrey's Kitchen

Breakfast & UPMC Fireside Chat: Commercializing the Medical Expertise in Pittsburgh | February 8, 2023 | 8:15 - 9:30am EST

Moderator

Marlee Myers

Partner - Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP

Panelist

Rob Hartman

Senior Director, Translational Sciences - UPMC Enterprises

Panelist

Nicholas Shapiro

Vice President - UPMC Enterprises

Session 4 - Building a Platform Strategy | February 8, 2023 | 9:40 - 10:40am EST

Moderator

Jennifer Van Dam

Director of Platform - Genius Guild

Panelist

Patrick Bailey

Director of Platform - 412 Venture Fund

Panelist

Hunter Hartwell

Partner - Glasswing Ventures

Panelist

Jordan Marinkovich

Platform Community Manager - Innovation Works

Panelist

Alison Todak

Director of Platform - Plymouth Growth

Session 5 - Is Crowdfunding Right for Your Company? | February 8, 2023 | 10:50 - 11:50am EST

Moderator

Perry Patterson

Shareholder - Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney

Panelist

George Cook

CEO & Co-Founder - Honeycomb Credit

Panelist

Jenna McLaughlin

COO - Velum Fermentation

Panelist

Nate McLaughlin

CEO - Velum Fermentation

Keynote Speaker: Mary Beth Green of Sheetz, Closing Lunch & Awards Ceremony | February 8, 2023 | 12:00 - 1:45pm EST

Keynote Speaker

Mary Beth Green

Chief Innovation Officer - Sheetz