Rice Alliance - 5th Year Kick-Off Celebration

"The Return of Venture Capital - Is the Rebound in Venture Capital for Real?" Date: Thursday, July 22, 2004 
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Graciously underwritten by Ernst & Young!! 

5:30 PM: Registration & Reception
6:30 PM: Venture Capital Program
7:30 PM: Networking Reception

Venture Capital firms invested $5.1 billion in start-ups in the first quarter of 2004, the fourth consecutive quarter of increased VC funding. According to Fortune, money is "pouring" back into venture capital. The NY Times reported today that venture capital is again "a hot area for investment" and some funds are turning away "hundreds of millions in potential investments".

Join us as four leading venture capitalists share their views on the state of venture capital in 2004. Learn how these firms are investing their money in the areas of: Information Technology, Materials Science, Life Science, and Energy.


Venture Capital Keynote: Ed Olkkola, Austin Ventures

Venture Capital Panel:
Materials Science: Matt Crawford, PTV Sciences, L.P.
Life Sciences: Cynthia Doerr, MD, Essex Woodlands Health Ventures
Energy: Thomas Bates, PhD, Lime Rock Partners, L.P.


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  • Tympanogen (2016) takes research to new heights aboard the International Space Station 
  • Acquired by Home Depot, Black Locus (2011) serves as the Innovation Hub for the retail giant
  • Making a spectacular exit, Auditude (2005) is sold to Adobe for $110M 
  • Dynamics (2009): designing & manufacturing battery powered, interactive credit cards
  • Adhesys Medical (2014) wins big at the 2016 MassChallenge 
  • From Malta to London & New York to Shanghai, essDOCS' (2004) paperless trading platform powers international shipping
  • A76 (2015), developing anti-corrosion coatings and lubricants, rebrands as Aidant Brands
  • Neopenda (2016): finalist at the 2016 SXSW Startup Showcase  
  • SiNode Systems (2013): collaborating with the Argonne National Laboratory to build better batteries
  • Soko (SasaAfrica, 2012) chats with Forbes about fashion-tech 
  • Allyson Sawyer, a woman succeeding in the energy space with Rebellion Photonics (2010) 
  • Polytorx(2003) Helix Steel reinforces the underground tunnels linking the Long Island Railroad to Grand Central Station
  • Broadway & baseball, Qcue (2008) provides dynamic ticket pricing for events across the continent
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