Event Details

Earliest Stage Funding


April 20, 2024    
9:00 am - 11:00 am


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About Event

What precedes Pre-Seed when your company is 3 PhDs and a dog?

The landscape for startup funding is changing rapidly with initial investments harder to find.  But more technology than ever is available for starting companies and many great companies were formed during economic downturns.  Can entrepreneurs launch a new venture in the current environment when they are still “3 PhDs and a Dog”?  Is there funding for them other than “Friends, Family and Fools”?  Can partnerships fill the void?  Can they mix equity funding with Federal Grant funding?

​Join us to explore the options with expert speakers who are investors, successful entrepreneurs, technology transfer leaders and government funding officials.  After keynote presentation and panel discussion there will be audience Q&A along with plenty of networking

​Keynote Speakers

Julie Schoenfeld

Entrepreneur in Residence, Physical Sciences

California Institute of Technology

Andrea Belz, Ph.D.

Vice Dean of Transformative Initiatives

USC Viterbi School of Engineering


Kevin Barrett

Managing Partner

​Free flow Ventures


Lynn Foster

Founder and CEO

Z-Field Technologies

Andy Tomat

Managing Director

​Four Pillars, Inc.

​Coffee and Networking begin at 8:00 am.

Free Parking Underground: Right turn at signal on east side of Cahill (turn right at tennis courts); parking lot entrance 75 yards on right.

Advance Ticket Sales:

General Admission: $30.00 ($40.00 at door)

Students: $20.00* ($25.00 at door)

Caltech Students – No Charge with Current ID*

​Advance Ticket Sales end on Friday, April 19th at 1:00 PM PST.

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