New Jersey’s Opportunities in the Covid-19 Innovation Economy

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New Jersey’s Opportunities in the Covid-19 Innovation Economy

The latest information, resources, programs, strategies, and more to keep the New Jersey innovation economy growing.

By New Jersey EDA

When and where

Date and time

October 14, 2020 · 6am - October 15, 2020 · 10am PDT



About this event

Covid-19 has caused unprecedented disruptions in every aspect of our lives, our work environment and communities. This has posed many challenges, and also unique opportunities, for innovation in New Jersey. Leaders from New Jersey government, industry, academia, and the investment community will discuss strategies and resources for accelerating innovation in New Jersey in the COVID economy. In this virtual event, speakers will provide the latest information on financial resources, government programs and strategies, inclusive innovation, academic innovation and entrepreneurial resources all with a goal to keep the innovation ecosystem in New Jersey growing!

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Agenda for October 14th:

9:00am – 9:20am: Keynote Speaker: Tim Sullivan | CEO, NJEDA

9:25am – 10:20am: Current Venture Investing Trends and Opportunities

Moderator: Kathleen Coviello | Executive Vice President for Technology, Life Sciences & Entrepreneurship , NJEDA

Jim Golubieski | President, Foundation Venture Capital Group

David Horowitz | CEO, Touchdown Ventures

Stephen Socolof | Managing Partner, Tech Council Ventures

Tom Wisniewski | Managing Partner, Newark Ventures

10:25am – 11:20am: Keeping the Innovation State Growing

Moderator: Kai Feder | Chief of Staff, Office of Innovation, State of NJ

Debbie Hart | CEO, BioNJ

Joe Kelley | Governor's Office, Deputy Chief for Economic Growth

Jose Lozano | President & CEO, ChooseNJ

Aaron Price | President & CEO, TechUnited

11:25am – 12:20pm: NJ’s Support for Underrepresented Innovators

Moderator: Hester Agudosi | Chief Diversity Officer, New Jersey Office of Diversity & Inclusion

Jessica Gonzalez | CEO, InCharged

Jill Johnson | CEO, IFEL Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership

Keith Kirkland | Founder, & CEO, WearWorks

Mark Scotland | CEO, 4.0 Analytics

Agenda for October 15th:

9:00am – 9:20am: Keynote Speaker: Andrew Zwicker | Assemblyman, District 16

9:25am – 10:20am: Academic Innovation – Strong as Ever

Moderator: Dale Caldwell | Director, Rothman Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Fairleigh Dickinson University

David Kimball | VP, Research & Economic Development, Rutgers University

Simon Nynens | CEO, NJ Innovation Institute

Rod Priestley | Vice Dean for Innovation, Princeton University

David Zimmerman | Director of Technology Commercialization, Stevens Institute of Technology

10:25am – 11:20am: Innovators Panel: Surviving and Thriving During Covid-19

Moderator: Judith Sheft | Executive Director, NJ Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology

Jose Espinoza | CEO, SRL Group, VentureLink

Mike Frederickson | CEO, System Innovation Engineering, South Jersey TechPark

William May | CEO, Flavor Solutions Inc, Rutgers Food Innovation Center

Manveer Sidhu | President, Sidhu Laboratories, Rutgers EcoComplex

Tara Zedayko | Founder and CEO, DIG Labs, Princeton Innovation Center Biolabs

11:25am – 12:20pm: Current Angel Investing Trends and Opportunities

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

Mario Casabona | Founder & CEO, TechLaunch and Casabona Ventures

Stephen Dyer | Chairman, Jumpstart NJ Angel Networks

Lyneir Richardson | Executive Director, CUEED Rutgers, Black and Latino Angel Fund

Gina Tedesco | Managing Director, Golden Seeds

About the organizer

Organized by
New Jersey EDA

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) serves as the State’s principal agency for driving economic growth. The NJEDA is committed to making New Jersey a national model for inclusive and sustainable economic development by focusing on key strategies to help build strong and dynamic communities, create good jobs for New Jersey residents, and provide pathways to a stronger and fairer economy. Through partnerships with a diverse range of stakeholders, the NJEDA creates and implements initiatives to enhance the economic vitality and quality of life in the State and strengthen New Jersey’s long-term economic competitiveness.

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