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Mike Roer, founder and president of the Entrepreneurship Foundation and former Executive Director of the Connecticut Venture Group, will moderate the panel which will consist of Tim Coates, Director of the new state-funded Innovation Eco-System, designed to deliver services and resources to new and growing ventures; and an early-stage investor, William E Gordon III, Angel Investor and entrepreneur, John Seiffer, president of the Angel Investor Forum with over 50 members; For those seeking funding or have plans to seek future funding, this session will offer invaluable insights to the process as well as potential sources.
Managing Director, Innovation Ecosystem at Connecticut Technology Council
Tim manages the new statewide Innovation Ecosystem. Four locations in Hartford, New Haven, Stamford, and Storrs have been selected to serve as ecosystem "hubs" and will provide a set of financial, technical, professional, and mentoring resources to participants, as well as collaborative workspace. A statewide system for management and collaboration will connect these resources, making them available to every entrepreneur.
William E Gordon III
Bill received a PhD from UC Berkeley, working with Nobel Laureate James Watson, but then pivoted to earn a Wharton MBA after which he worked on the buy side for several asset management firms before founding, managing and later selling an interest in a broadband business in Europe. That adventure helped him to fund and run a biotech company where he won a Gates Grand Challenge Exploration Grant for work on a novel approach to a creating a malaria vaccine. Currently he is an angel investor and advisor to a number of tech startups.
President, Angel Investor Forum, CEO Boot Camp
John helps business owners become better CEOs so they can run their business better. Many company owners with less than 100 employees are better at making and selling their products than they are at scaling their company for growth and profitability. Then in 1994 he started coaching other entrepreneurs all across the US and helped to found the International Coach Federation, serving as its president in 1998. He’s also been an entrepreneur for almost 30 years and is an angel investor in start-ups.