Earliest Stage Funding

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

Freeflow Ventures


Alex Ballatori 

Cofounder & CEO





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.

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