2012 Chemical Entrepreneurship Series

2012 Chemical Entrepreneurship Series

Thomas Jefferson inspired us with his quote “Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal…” However, what does it really take to build a successful company from scratch?  What should you know beforehand?  A successful business takes careful planning, knowledge of the industry, financial resources, fiscal know-how, legal savvy, and guts.  Join our speakers to learn the A-to-Z of being an entrepreneur.  Are you ready?


Past Webinars

Finance 201 – Startup Equity: What Investors Want
[November 1, 2012 -- 2 PM ET] Valuations, term sheets, tranches, waterfall, etc. You learned the language of chemistry, now it is time to learn the language of investing. The experts are here to help!



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Intrapreneurs – How to Build Successful Ventures within Large Companies
[October 4, 2012 -- 2 PM ET] Like to develop your entrepreneurial spirit with the resources of a large corporation? Learn how you can be the change agent in your corporation!

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Finance 101 – Aligning Your Options With Your Business Goals
[September 6, 2012 -- 2 PM ET] Raising money is the easy part. Anyone can raise ‘fool’s money’. Raising ‘smart money’, that’s the trick. Make sure you know the difference!

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Legal Basics 101 – Business Structures
[August 2, 2012 -- 2 PM ET] You have a great idea and great science, now you need to build a company. Learn about the kind of structures they didn’t teach you in chemistry class!



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Fireside Chat – How Green Is Your Company…and How Do You Tell Your Story?
[July 19, 2012 -- 2 PM ET] Inorganics? Gas Phase? Semiconductors? Going green is more than algae and wind. Inorganics, Gas Phase, Semiconductors are all examples of green in chemistry. But how do you tell your story and sell your green ideas?

How Green is your Company Additional Resources

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Jobs in Startups – Differences and Similarities to “Real” Companies
[April 5, 2012 -- 2 PM ET] Risks and rewards; learn what it takes to be part of the startup culture! Gain insights with Heidi Friedman, Boston Heart Diagnostics, and Dr. Chris Palatucci, Palatucci Executive Search, LLC; moderated by Dr. Judith Giordan, ecosVC.

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Fireside Chat with Entrepreneurs – The Challenges of Scaling a Global Biomaterials Supply Chain
[May 3, 2012 -- 2 PM ET] The market and need for biobased materials for everything from chemical feedstock to full composite reinforcement material is growing every day! How is this supply chain defined? What are the forces governing it? And what are the challenges facing those technologies that need to scale using biobased materials? Find out the answers from our speakers Sharon Feng, Bayer Material Science and Joseph Steig, Natural Composites, Inc.; moderated by Dr. Judith Giordan, ecosVC.

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Startup Support – Who Provides What and At What Terms or Qualifications?
[June 7, 2012 -- 2 PM ET] You need lab space, employees, a sales team, legal advice, and business strategists. Oh yeah… you needed them yesterday. Learn what resources, other than funding, are needed by and available to help entrepreneurs. Join in this eye-opening discussion with Dean Chang, MTech and Gus Weber, Polaris Ventures; moderated by Joseph Steig, Venture Well.


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Meet the Experts:

Dr. Judith Giordan.  Judy is a Partner at ecosVC, a venture developer and funder, and Sr. Advisor to the NCIIA. The author of over 200 articles and presentations, previous positions include Global VP of R&D for PepsiCola, Global VP and Director of R&D for IFF and VP R&D for Henkel Corporation. The recipient of the 2010 ACS Garvan-Olin Medal of the American Chemical Society, Judy received her PhD from the University of Maryland and was an Alexander von Humboldt Post Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Frankfurt in Germany



Joseph Steig, Director of VentureWell at NCIIA, provides advisory support and seed funding to university innovators developing ventures in sustainable materials and global health.  Joseph is also founder of the angel group. River Valley Investors and serves as CFO of Long River Ventures.  He has extensive experience in economic development and has worked in sectors as diverse as aquaculture and software.  Mr. Steig has a B.A. from Hampshire College.



Dr. Karen Buechler is a domain expert in Fluid Bed Processing and Materials Science. She is very active in the nanotechnology community and currently serves on the board of directors of the Colorado Nanotechnology Alliance. She is a former Post-Doctoral Research Associate at the Dept. of Chemical Engineering at CU-Boulder where she was instrumental in developing and patenting ALD NanoSolutions technology.



Dr. Robert Peoples is the Director of the ACS Green Chemistry Institute® and a 30 year veteran of the chemical industry. His prior roles included serving as the Director of Sustainability and Market Development at Solutia, Inc.  Dr. Peoples is an internationally recognized speaker in the areas of green chemistry, sustainability, standards, innovation, and carpet. He holds several patents and has numerous publications. Dr. Peoples holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and chemistry from Montclair State University and a Ph.D. in physical organic chemistry from Purdue University



Heidi Friedman has over 20 years of healthcare human resources experience and  a solid track record of positively impacting business outcomes.  She has worked in the senior human resources role in large, multi-location international companies as well as small start up organizations.  Most recently she joined Boston Heart Diagnostics in 2010.




Dr. Chris Palatucci is the founder of Palatucci Executive Search, LLC., a retained executive search firm in the Life Sciences and Cleantech industries. He was previously the Life Sciences Practice Leader at Polachi, a leading executive search firm. He also held senior management roles at Interleukin Genetics, and the Athena Diagnostics division of Elan Pharmaceuticals. Chris received his undergraduate degree from the University of Rochester and his PhD in neuroscience at Clark University.



Peter Rosenblum counsels a broad range of clients in diverse industries concerning business and regulatory matters, financing strategies and structuring of corporate transactions. Peter has broad experience structuring and executing mergers and acquisitions and other transactions for public and private clients. His clients include venture capital and private equity funds, hedge funds and other private investment funds, both in the US and offshore that invest in public and private securities, private equity transactions, international forestry assets and other alternative investments.


Dean Chang is the director of UMD/Mtech’s award-winning venture creation programs and a strong advocate of preparing students to compete in the 21st century by weaving technology, business, and entrepreneurship together.  Dean previously was CTO and VP Gaming at Immersion (NASDAQ: IMMR).  Dean holds over 30 patents and received his B.S. from MIT and an M.S. and Ph.D in mechanical engineering from Stanford University. He also holds an MBA with honors from the Wharton School.



Gus Weber is an investor & Entrepreneur in Residence with Polaris Venture Partners where he oversees Polaris’ community and workspace designed to help launch and grow early stage companies across Internet based technology, social and consumer markets in Boston and San Francisco. Gus currently serves on the Boards of StreetWise Media, MITX, Governor of MA IT Collaborative, University of Pittsburgh, School of Information Science Dean’s Advisory Council, The Capital Network, and the City University of New York, City College Computer Science Advisory Board


Dr. Sharon Feng is Vice President of Business Development for Bayer Material Science.  She identifies business growth opportunities through scouting new technologies, develops new markets and establishes open innovation partnerships.  Sharon is involved in initiatives to explore, evaluate and develop sources for bio-based raw materials. Sharon received her B.S. in Chemistry from Nanjing University and her Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from MIT.



David S. Miller, Ph.D. is a founder and Executive Managing Director of CEVG. An engineer by training, he has over 20 years of technology startup management experience and over a dozen years of seed stage investing experience. He is on the board of directors or advisory board of several clean energy companies. David was awarded a patent for co-developing a “one number” telecom service and is also currently, a research affiliate at MIT’s Sloan School of Management.



Teresa Esser is Managing Director of the Silicon Pastures Angel Investment Network (http://www.siliconpastures.com/). Teresa Esser spent her time at MIT studying Brain & Cognitive Science and Creative Writing. She graduated with a single bachelor’s degree and two different areas of expertise. Esser’s first work of nonfiction, titled The Venture Café: Secrets, Strategies, and Stories from America’s High-Tech Entrepreneurs, contains anecdotes and advice from more than 150 entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, executive headhunters, corporate lawyers, and engineers and serves as an introduction to the individuals who will drive tomorrow’s most influential corporations.




The 2012 Chemical Entrepreneurship Series is co-produced with the ACS Chemical Entrepreneurship Council, comprised of members of the ACS Division of Business Development and Management, the ACS Division of Small Chemical Businesses and the ACS Women Chemists Committee.

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7 Responses to “2012 Chemical Entrepreneurship Series”

  1. Janet Bryant says:

    The Chemical Entrepreneurship Council (CEC), comprised of the ACS Divisions of Business Development & Management (BMGT) & Small Chemical Businesses (SCHB), and ACS Committees on Economic & Professional Affairs (CEPA) & Science (COMSCI), and our partner NCIIA.

  2. Janet Bryant says:

    Correction please: …the ACS Chemical Entrepreneurship Council (CEC), comprised of the ACS Divisions of Business Development & Management (BMGT) & Small Chemical Businesses (SCHB), and ACS Committees on Economic & Professional Affairs (CEPA), Science (COMSCI), & Women Chemists (WCC), and our partner NCIIA.

  3. Jackson A says:

    This is a wonderful collection of talks, but why are they so spread out in time? If someone actually wanted to do something entrepreneurial, they would have to wait a year to watch the whole series which just isn’t practical. Why not do two lectures per week for a month and then have them archived. You are losing a huge chunk of audience by spacing them out over a year.

  4. admin says:

    Dear A Jackson — thanks for your comment and enthusiasm about our entrepreneurial series. Providing this series monthly has allowed us to mix in a variety of other webinar topics for you to enjoy. If you would like to see past webinars on the topic of innovation or entrepreneurship, please go to our website at http://www.acswebinars.org and use the search bar or peruse the offerings by category. — ACS Webinars

  5. Harry H. Shin says:

    Thank you for this valuable opportunity.

    Warm Regards,


  6. Faith says:

    When will the July 19, 2012 Webinar “How Green is Your Company?” be posted?

  7. admin says:

    Hello Faith,

    The video has be posted.

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