ACS Small & Medium Business Webinar Series Presents
“Avoiding financing pitfalls for start-ups and small business”
A half-hour presentation followed by Q&A with speaker Kenneth Polk, JD, MS; an opportunity for scientist professionals, entrepreneurs, and small/medium businesses to learn from an experienced early stage venture expert and attorney on how to identify the best financing for your ventures.
What You Will Learn
- Your options in financing new ventures and small businesses
- The real costs of funding from traditional sources
- How our recent economic downturn has affected traditional sources of funding
- Existing opportunities for small business to obtain financing, including ACS TechCatalyst
Date: Thursday, July 23, 2009
Time: 2:00-3:00 pm EDT
About The Presenter
Ken Polk joined the American Chemical Society (ACS) as the Business Head of TechCatalyst in October of 2007. In this role, Mr. Polk leads this ACS business unit’s efforts to aid the commercialization of chemistry and allied science-based (“C&AS”) technologies. Prior to joining the ACS, Ken served the interests of entrepreneurs, research institutions, and small businesses in their technology transfer needs in senior business development and counsel capacities for more nearly 20 years. As a technology commercialization professional, he has spearheaded efforts to acquire technology, capital, personnel, as well as create business opportunities for a myriad of seed and early-stage technology concerns commercializing therapeutics, medical devices, diagnostics, coatings, and chemical processes. Ken holds a Juris Doctor degree from Duquesne University’s School of Law, as well as a Master and Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. He is a licensed attorney and professional engineer in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He also holds a Technology Commercialization Certificate from Carnegie Mellon University’s Donald H. Jones Center for Entrepreneurship.