The Entrepreneur’s Journey: Developing a Pitch Deck That Supports Your Fundraising Plan

Your pitch deck is often the first impression investors have of you and your startup. Learn how to balance the most important parts of it.
Apr 11, 2023, 5:30 pm7:30 pm
Princeton Innovation Center BioLabs
  • Alumni
  • Staff
  • Entrepreneurially-Minded
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Faculty
  • Graduate Students
  • NJ Ecosystem
  • Postdocs
  • Undergraduate Students


Event Description

Please attend in person if you are able, so that you can network and meet the panelists. A live stream option will be available for those who cannot join us.

Join us for the second of our Entrepreneur’s Journey series of practical discussions and tips. This event will be about the nuts and bolts of what you need in your pitch deck. Bring your questions. The panelists are from the Life Sciences, but many of the details are applicable to all industries. The event will be followed by a networking reception — all are welcome.

This event is sponsored by the Princeton Entrepreneurship Council, the Foundation Venture Capital Group, and Princeton Innovation Center BioLabs.

To request disability-related accommodations, please contact Neal Bituin at [email protected] no later than three working days prior to the event.

You will have the opportunity to meet 1:1 with Mark Esposito preceding the start of the program. If you would like to be considered for a 1:1 meeting (there are four time slots available: 3:30 pm, 3:50 pm, 4:10 pm, 4:50 pm), please submit a short request that includes your name, your company name, your pitch deck, questions that you’d like to discuss with Mark, and the time you can come to Anne-Marie Maman at [email protected] by Monday, April 10 at 9 am EDT.

Panelist: Mark Esposito, PhD, Founder and Vice President, KayoThera

Dr. Mark Esposito is the founding CEO, current vice president and cofounder of KayoThera, a discovery stage biotechnology company developing therapies to treat advanced cancer patients. Mark received his BA from Middlebury College and his PhD from Princeton University in the laboratory of Dr. Yibin Kang. His work has focused on identifying the fundamental mechanisms driving solid tumor relapse and the suppression of anti-tumor immunity. Translating discoveries made in the lab at Princeton University, Mark’s team at KayoThera is developing small molecule immunotherapeutics with the goal of curing advanced-stage cancer patients.

Panelist: Michael A. Wiley, Vice President, Foundation Venture Capital Group LLC

Mike Wiley is vice president of the New Jersey Health Foundation and its affiliate, Foundation Venture Capital Group LLC. These organizations provide funding and/or pre-seed investments for health-related projects and start-up companies founded by researchers at the following affiliated organizations: Cooper University Healthcare, Hackensack Meridian Health, Kessler Foundation, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Princeton University, Rowan University, Rutgers University and Stevens Institute of Technology.

Mike assists the Foundation Venture Capital Group’s health-related portfolio companies by providing funding and assisting with the various strategic, operational and back-office management issues associated with developing and growing early-stage health-related companies.

Prior to joining the New Jersey Health Foundation and the Foundation Venture Capital Group, Mike’s experience included: business development, new venture financing, program/product development, commercial contracting, and intellectual property/technology licensing for organizations such as the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (Edison Innovation Fund), Avaya, Rutgers University’s Office of Corporate Liaison and Technology Transfer, and Lucent Technologies. He has earned BA, MBA and JD degrees from West Virginia University.

Moderator: Anne-Marie Maman, Executive Director, Princeton Entrepreneurship Council

Anne-Marie Maman is the executive director of the Princeton Entrepreneurship Council. The Princeton Entrepreneurship Council (PEC) was established in 2015 as Princeton University’s advisory and coordination body on entrepreneurship. PEC works closely with many existing organizations to promote entrepreneurship on campus and among its alumni. As the inaugural executive director of the Princeton Entrepreneurship Council, Anne-Marie has been responsible for driving Princeton’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. She and her team initiated and run a variety of programs focused on educating entrepreneurs.

She regularly advises academic and non-academic founders in industries ranging from STEM to social impact. She is also part of the teaching team for regional and national I-Corps cohorts through the Northeast I-Corps Hub Northeast Region.

Anne-Marie has an AB in English from Princeton University, and an MBA in health care marketing and finance from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern.

  • Princeton Innovation Center Biolabs
  • Princeton Entrepreneurship Council
  • Foundation Venture Capital Group
Event Series
Event Type
Panel Discussion
Business development
Life sciences