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:: our hosts ::

Flybridge Capital Partners is an early-stage venture capital firm whose mission is to assist talented entrepreneurs in growing innovative, global companies. With $560 million under management, the firm is focused on investing in consumer, healthcare and information technology markets and is led by a team with domain expertise and more than half a century of combined experience in venture capital. For more information, visit

Atlas Venture is a leading early-stage venture capital firm that invests in technology and life sciences companies. Since inception in 1980, we have helped build over 300 companies in more than 16 different countries. In the past decade, 48 portfolio companies have been acquired and 47 are now public companies with an aggregate market capitalization of over $15 billion. The firm is currently investing from its seventh fund and manages over $2.5 billion in committed capital. For more information, please visit

General Catalyst Partners is a venture capital firm that invests in exceptional entrepreneurs who are building the technology-based companies that will lead innovation and transform industries. Founded in 2000, General Catalyst Partners leverages its principals' extensive operational, business development and technological expertise to provide portfolio companies with a catalyst for success through business-building and partnership development assistance. General Catalyst is headquartered in Cambridge, Mass. For more information, please visit:

:: our sponsors ::

Goodwin Procter
Goodwin Procter LLP, with 850 attorneys and offices in Boston, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, New York, San Diego, San Francisco, Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C., provides corporate law and litigation services, with a focus on matters involving private equity; technology companies; financial services; real estate, REITs and real estate capital markets; intellectual property; and products liability and mass torts. For more information, go to

:: our partners ::

The National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer (NCET2) is an organization of entrepreneurial universities creating and funding university startups.

With a network of over 200 research universities, NCET2 promotes best practices in the creation and funding of university startups by supporting entrepreneurship and providing entrepreneurial education. Its Research Commercialization and SBIR Center and Faculty Startup Program provide information and assistance to faculty members, postdocs and entrepreneurs creating startups around their research and assists them in applying for SBIR funding. NCET2 connects investors, economic development organizations, public and private funds and tech transfer professionals in building centers of innovation at universities. NCET2 hosts an annual conference for innovation stakeholders to share experiences and create a constructive dialog on how to best work together.

The Microsoft New England Research & Development Center (NERD) is a research and software innovation campus located in the heart of Cambridge, Massachusetts. The NERD vertical campus spans two buildings with its primary presence and conference center located at One Memorial Drive and a recently renovated and expanded space located at One Cambridge Center. NERD is home to some of Microsoft’s most strategic teams including Microsoft Research New England, Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V), SharePoint Workspace, Microsoft Technical Computing, Microsoft Advertising, Microsoft Lync, Microsoft Office 365 and more. NERD has become a hub of activity for the local tech community and has hosted more than 800 events and welcomed more than 60,000 visitors during the past two years.

The Innovation Access Network, or IAN, ( was created by research institutions, entrepreneurs, small and large technology firms, business incubators, investment professionals, the legal community and other service providers. IAN addresses the need for transparency, cohesion, and access among the key stakeholders in the innovation pipeline. The goal of IAN is to accelerate technology development and successful commercialization around the globe, to create jobs and enhance economic development. IAN is an open innovation portal that leverages concepts of social networking capabilities to create a centralized brokerage network of innovation where stakeholders in the technology pipeline can promote, search, connect and thrive. Whether a startup, an established company, or a government agency, IAN will support the creation of relationships based on technology offerings and requests for licensing, manufacturing, distribution, exploitation, procurement and joint development. The network will aid those searching for technology solutions, those interested in new ideas, and those looking for new customers or partners.

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