This week in the Princeton entrepreneurial ecosystem

Monday, Nov 12, 2018
by Wright Seneres

It's busy around Princeton entrepreneurship this week!
(Updated November 12, 2018 5:30pm)

Read #MondayOpenings, our weekly digest of career opportunities with Princeton-connected startups across the country, with new items from Raymond Weitekamp '10 of PhD to CEO, and the Office of Career Services. 

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Anne-Marie Maman, executive director of the Princeton Entrepreneurship Council, far right, presents the Tiger Entrepreneurship Award to two alumni teams working to bring societal benefit through entrepreneurship. From left, John Ritter, director of technology licensing; Vaidhy Murti, Class of 2015 and a founder of the networking app Friendsy and the video sharing platform Wit; Alexander Lorestani, Ph.D. 2017 and Nikolay Ouzounov, Ph.D. 2017 of the startup Geltor, which makes non-animal collagen; and Maman. (Photo by David Kelly Crow.)

The University home page has a feature story on last week's Celebrate Princeton Innovation reception, which also includes coverage of the 2018 Tiger Entrepreneur Awards, which were given at the reception. Congratulations again to Alex Lorestani *17 and Nick Ouzounov *15 of Geltor, Inc. and Vaidhy Murti '15 of Wit and Princeton Alumni Entrepreneurs Fund companies Friendsy and DonorUP. 

Tuesday evening

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Join PEC and Princeton Entrepreneurs' Network for TigerTalks in the City: "The Journey of 1,000 Books Starts With My Own" with James Mustich '77, author of 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die, available now from Workman Publishing. Three lucky winners in attendance will win a signed copy of the book!

Also of potential interest to the Princeton entrepreneurship ecosystem: 
For founders of life sciences companies, the BioBreak Networking Happy Hour is from 5:30 to 7:00pm. BioBreak is an invite-only group that holds regular networking events for life science executives, with over 1,200 active members. Princeton Entrepreneurship Council is a sponsor of the event. (Must log in to BioBreak for event location.)

The monthly "second Tuesday" Princeton Propeller, presented by the Princeton Area Alumni Association, will feature Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment and Department of Chemistry Prof. Jose Avalos, who will give a talk entitled "Engineering Microbes to Sustain Planet Earth" at 6:00pm. Tickets available at the PA3 website.

The Wharton Club of New Jersey invites Princetonians to a dinner event in Edison, NJ, entitled Business Model Innovation and Digital Disruption, featuring guest speaker Wharton Prof. Sergeui Netessine. 

Wednesday morning 
Princeton Prof. Robert Prud'homme, co-founder of Optimeos Life Sciences, will speak at the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce's monthly Business Before Business Breakfast event at the Nassau Club starting at 7:30am. For tickets, please visit the Chamber's website

Join the New Jersey Big Data Alliance for the Data Science Workforce Forum from 8:30 to 11:00am at Rider University. "Building Effective Talent Partnerships: Industry and Academia" will be a highly interactive discussion between industry professionals, HR managers, and academic leaders focused on how to effectively create strategies, programs and pipelines for connecting advanced computing talent with local employers. Princeton University is a NJBDA member organization. 

Wednesday evening
TechLaunch BullPen #11 will be held at Monmouth University from 4:30 to 7:30pm. TechLaunch is a virtual business accelerator for tech startups. A select (3 to 4) number of companies pitch their business plans to a panel of investors and mixed audience, similar in concept to "Shark Tank". The winner receives $20,000 in business services from TechLaunch's sponsors.    

The 2018 Regional Academic Drug Discovery Consortium is holding its second annual meeting at Rutgers University from 8:00am to 4:00pm. The agenda includes a keynote by Philip E. Sanderson, Ph.D. of NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, case studies, a poster session and networking opportunities. To register, please visit the NJADDC conference website

Thursday afternoon

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The Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials (PRISM) is pleased to open the doors to its cleanroom, one of Princeton's little-known technological crown jewels. Come mingle with our students and view displays of representative research using these facilities. Open house from noon to 6:00pm. Please contact to Cheyenne A. Brown at

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The Keller Center presents "Workshop with Stuart Weitzman: A Unique and Entrepreneurial Approach to Creating a Global Brand" at the Princeton eHub, 34 Chambers Street, from noon to 2:00pm. RSVP is open to Princeton students only, whom are invited to learn from the famed American shoe designer and entrepreneur.  

Thursday evening
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Join Princeton Entrepreneurship Council at Princeton Innovation Center BioLabs for the first event in a PEC series on venture funding. Mike Wiley, Vice President at the New Jersey Health Foundation and Foundation Venture Capital Group, will discuss his organization's impact investing funding model. He will also cover other impact-oriented investment models and sources of capital that entrepreneurs may want to consider. Networking begins at 5:30pm with the presentation beginning at 6:00pm. Please register for Impact Investors and Other Non-Traditional Startup Funding Sources


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Back by popular demand, the NIH SBIR Seminar is intended to provide participants with an overview of the SBIR and STTR programs, with a focus on the National Institutes of Health. Three of NIH's largest institutes, the National Institute on Aging (NIA), the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) are the focus of the morning seminar. Following a networking lunch, the speakers will be available for 1-on-1 appointments with attendees in the afternoon. Princeton Entrepreneurship Council is a sponsoring organization. To register, please visit the NJ SBDC website.  

For more events around the Princeton entrepreneurial ecosystem, please visit our Events page

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