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The 2021 DeepTechU Conference featured multiple panels and keynotes, and showcased 48 deep tech companies in the following industry tracks: energy, hardware/software, industrial, and life sciences.

NOTE: All times are listed in Central Daylight Time CDT (UTC-5h).

 

DAY 1: Tuesday, April 20, 2021


DeepTechU Conference Host for Day 1: Chuck Vallurupalli, DeepTechU Organizer and Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (The University of Chicago)

// 9:30 - 9:45 a.m. CDT //
Welcome Remarks

  • Juan de Pablo, Vice President for National Laboratories, Science Strategy, Innovation, and Global Initiatives (The University of Chicago)
  • Samir Mayekar, Deputy Mayor for Neighborhood and Economic Development, City of Chicago

// 9:45 - 10:30 a.m. CDT //
"Sourcing Deals: The Pipeline of University-Based Research in Deep Tech"

Hear from a panel of technology transfer experts who will speak to the commercialization process and how industry partners and investors can successfully collaborate with Universities and National Labs.

Moderator:

  • Harl Tolbert, Director and Assistant Vice President, Office of Technology Management (Penn State University)

Featured Speakers:

  • Brooke Beier, Vice President, Office of Technology Commercialization (Purdue University)
  • Erik Iverson, CEO, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) 
  • Jay Schrankler, Associate Vice President and Head of the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (The University of Chicago)
  • Kelly Sexton, Associate Vice President for Research, Technology Transfer and Innovation Partnerships (University of Michigan)

// 10:30 - 11:15 a.m. CDT //
"The Ecosystem: Where to Turn to Accelerate Your Success"

Hear from a panel of Midwest ecosystem partners that have industry relationships, several workshops, programs, and collaborative space to support venture development.

Moderator: 

  • John Carlisle, Director, Chain Reaction Innovations at Argonne National Laboratory

Featured Speakers:

  • Ian Adams, Managing Director, Clean Energy Trust
  • Pat Dillon, Founder and Director, Minnesota SBIR/STTR Accelerator
  • Laura Frerichs, Executive Director, University of Illinois Research Park
  • Brad Henderson, CEO, P33
  • Bill Jackson, Executive Director, Discovery Partners Institute

// 11:15 - 11:20 a.m. CDT //
Keynote Introduction

  • Alec Gallimore, Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering, the Richard F. and Eleanor A. Towner Professor of Engineering and an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering (University of Michigan)

// 11:20 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. CDT //
"Keynote: Exploring the Deep Tech Ecosystem"

  • Andrea Belz, Division Director of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships, National Science Foundation (NSF)


// 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. CDT //
Lunch Break

// 1:00 - 1:05 p.m. CDT //
Welcome Back

// 1:05 - 2:45 p.m. CDT //
Quick Pitches: Energy

DeepTechU will feature 9 energy companies from research universities and national labs located in the greater Midwest.

  • RenewCO2
  • Electro-Active Technologies
  • Darcy Solutions
  • Active Energy Systems
  • Eonix
  • Ion Storage System
  • Caporus Technologies
  • Volexion
  • Iris Light Technologies

// 2:45 - 2:55 p.m. CDT //
Break

// 2:55 - 4:05 p.m. CDT //
Quick Pitches: Hardware/Software

DeepTechU will feature 7 hardware and software companies from research universities and national labs located in the greater Midwest.

  • Axion Technologies
  • Visisonics
  • Lux Semiconductors
  • SkyNano Technologies
  • KeyWise AI
  • AirV Labs
  • Ghostwave

// 4:05 p.m. CDT //
Day 1 Concludes

Office Hours for DeepTechU Day 1 Companies: If you would like to connect with any of the Day 1 companies pitching, access the Office Hours calendar below (via Airtable), select a company's timeslot, and click the “Connect” button. This will allow you to send an email to a company representative to schedule a follow-up meeting.

Office Hours Calendar for Day 1 Companies >>

Note: Availability on the Office Hours calendar does not guarantee an appointment. It is the responsibility of the investor and the company to jointly confirm availability and schedule a follow-up meeting together.

 

DAY 2: April 21, 2021


DeepTechU Conference Host for Day 2: Melissa Byrn, Director of Innovation Programs at the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (The University of Chicago)


// 9:30 - 9:45 a.m. CDT //
Welcome Remarks

  • Cheryl Turnbull, Senior Director, Keenan Center for Entrepreneurship (Ohio State University)

// 9:45 - 10:30 a.m. CDT //
"Industry Insight: The Future of Deep Tech Innovation is Here"

Hear from top executives on how deep tech innovation is transforming industries and what steps are being taken at their companies to prepare for this next technology revolution.

Moderator:

  • Lee Jones, Founder, President and CEO of Rebiotix

Speakers:

  • Everett Cunningham, President and CEO, GE Healthcare
  • Hardik Bhatt, GM, Digital Governance VC and Startups, WorldWide Public Sector, Amazon Web Services
  • James Phillips, President, Digital Transformation Platform Group, Microsoft
  • Sreelatha Surendranathan, SVP and Chief Digital Officer, UL

// 10:30 - 11:15 a.m. CDT //
"Platform Technologies: Funding Opportunities and Challenges"

This panel discussion will explore challenges and opportunities related to platform technologies, featuring stories from founders and investors.

Moderator:

  • Christine Karslake, Managing Director, Science Ventures, Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (The University of Chicago)

Featured Speakers:

  • Sherine Abdelmawla, CEO, Akanocure (Purdue University)
  • Scott Button, Managing Director, Venture Investors
  • Shane Farritor, CTO, Virtual Incision (University of Nebraska)
  • Alexis Ji, Partner, Illumina Ventures

// 11:15 - 11:20 a.m. CDT //
Keynote Introduction

  • Lisa Dhar, Director, New Business Ventures for Engineering (Northwestern University)

// 11:20 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. CDT //
"Keynote: Securing Venture Capital Investment to Fund Your Innovation"

  • Chris Meldrum, Entrepreneur-in-Residence, DCVC Bio

// 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. CDT //
Lunch Break

// 1:00 - 1:05 p.m. CDT //
Welcome Back

// 1:05 - 3:35 p.m. CDT //
Quick Pitches: Industrial

DeepTechU will feature 13 industrial companies from research universities and national labs located in the greater Midwest.

  • Airgility
  • Drone Amplified
  • SubUAS LLC
  • N5 Sensors
  • pathOtrak
  • Stemloop
  • NUMiX Materials
  • Nanopattern Technologies
  • Persea Naturals
  • Claros Technologies Inc.
  • Sironix Renewables
  • CounterFlow Technologies Inc.
  • spotLESS Materials

3:35 p.m. // Day 2 Concludes

Office Hours for DeepTechU Day 2 Companies: If you would like to connect with any of the Day 2 companies pitching, access the Office Hours calendar below (via Airtable), select a company's timeslot, and click the “Connect” button. This will allow you to send an email to a company representative to schedule a follow-up meeting.

Office Hours Calendar for Day 2 Companies >>

Note: Availability on the Office Hours calendar does not guarantee an appointment. It is the responsibility of the investor and the company to jointly confirm availability and schedule a follow-up meeting together.



DAY 3: April 22, 2021


DeepTechU Conference Host for Day 3: Christine Karslake, Managing Director of Science Ventures at the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (The University of Chicago)

// 9:30 - 9:45 a.m. CDT //
Welcome Remarks

  • Beckett Jackson, Investing Director, Boeing HorizonX


// 9:45 - 9:50 a.m. CDT //
Keynote Introduction

  • Steve Gould, Operating Partner at Abundant Venture Partners, Board Member at MATTER, Mentor at CIM, Member at ChicagoNEXT


// 9:50 - 10:30 a.m. CDT //
"Keynote: Navigating Startup Success from Lab to Launch"

  • Jeffrey Hubbell, Eugene Bell Professor in Tissue Engineering and Deputy Dean for Development, Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering (The University of Chicago)


// 10:30 - 11:15 a.m. CDT //
"In Conversation: Founders and Investors Discuss the Fundraising Process"

Join us for a conversation with faculty founders and investors. Hear from both sides about the fund raising process – what to expect, lessons-learned, and best practices for securing investment.

Moderator:

  • Noga Tal, Global Head of Partnerships, Microsoft for Startups

Featured Speakers:

  • Alex Andrianopoluos, Chief Research and Development Officer, Kairos Ventures
  • Maryellen Giger, Cofounder, Quantitative Insights, Advisor, Qlarity Imaging, A.N. Pritzker Distinguished Service Professor of Radiology, Committee on Medical Physics, and the College (The University of Chicago)
  • Rumi Morales, Partner, Outlier Ventures
  • Jennifer Silva, Cofounder and CMO, SentiAR (Washington University in St. Louis)

// 11:15 - 11:20 a.m. CDT //
Fireside Chat Introduction

  • Christine Karslake, Managing Director of Science Ventures at the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (The University of Chicago)


// 11:20 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. CDT //
"Fireside Chat: Deep Tech Commercialization"

  • Vanessa Chan, Chief Commercialization Officer and Director of the Office of Technology Transitions at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
  • Juan de Pablo, Vice President for National Laboratories, Science Strategy, Innovation, and Global Initiatives (The University of Chicago)


// 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. CDT //
Lunch Break


// 1:00 - 1:05 p.m. CDT //
Welcome Back


// 1:05 - 4:25 p.m. CDT //
Quick Pitches: Life Sciences

DeepTechU will feature 19 life science companies from research universities and national labs located in the greater Midwest.

  • Virtual Incision
  • LiveBx
  • Core Quantum
  • GRIP Molecular
  • Ciscovery Bio
  • ReAx Technologies
  • Esya Labs
  • Arrow Immune
  • Respana
  • AddGraft Therapeutics
  • Notitia Biotechnologies
  • Synbiotic Health
  • Adipo Therapeutics
  • Akanocure
  • Eikonoklastes
  • Novosteo
  • Krishi
  • Epicrop Technologies
  • NovoClade

  • // 4:25 - 4:30 p.m. CDT //
    Closing Remarks

    • Jay Schrankler, Associate Vice President and Head of the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (The University of Chicago)


    Office Hours for DeepTechU Day 3 Companies: If you would like to connect with any of the Day 3 companies pitching, access the Office Hours calendar below (via Airtable), select a company's timeslot, and click the “Connect” button. This will allow you to send an email to a company representative to schedule a follow-up meeting.

    Office Hours Calendar for Day 3 Companies >>

    Note: Availability on the Office Hours calendar does not guarantee an appointment. It is the responsibility of the investor and the company to jointly confirm availability and schedule a follow-up meeting together.