Venture capitalists will speak at UNO event

by Charlie Litton, UNeMed | September 06, 2017

Image with caption: Laura Kilcrease

Laura Kilcrease

The University of Nebraska and Pipeline Entrepreneurs, a regional entrepreneurial organization, will offer the public a rare opportunity to peek inside the minds of venture capitalists this month.

Set for Tuesday, Sept. 12, "Confessions of a Venture Capitalist" will feature a moderated and open conversation that should reveal all that seasoned investors seek in small businesses and start-ups.

The event will be in the Mammel Hall Auditorium at the University of Nebraska at Omaha at 4:30 p.m. Refreshments and light snacks will be provided.

James Linder, M.D., former interim president and current chief strategist for the University of Nebraska, will moderate the discussion.

"This is going to be a really great opportunity for our students and the local start-up community," Dr. Linder said. "Securing angel or venture funding is essential for new enterprises, and our two guests will offer rare insight into their decision process."

The event will feature Laura Kilcrease and Niall O'Donnell. Both are mentors at Pipeline, an entrepreneurial fellowship that focuses on nurturing Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri entrepreneurs and their businesses.

Kilcrease is the CEO of Alberta Innovates and founder and managing director of Triton Ventures, a venture capital fund investing in early-stage technology companies.

O'Donnell is a managing director at RiverVest Venture Partners, a venture capital firm focused on life science start-ups and companies.

"Confessions of a Venture Capitalist" is sponsored by UNO's Center for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Franchising and UNMC's technology transfer office, UNeMed.

The event is free and open to all. RSVP here.

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