Strategies for Female Entrepreneurs to Secure Funding and Protect their Company's IP
On May 26, 2016, with the generous support of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, WIB-Chicago held a roundtable discussion focusing on Strategies for Female Entrepreneurs to Secure Funding and Protect Their Company’s IP.
Chapter Chair, Alis Gjeci, made the opening remarks and recognized Elese Hanson, Co-Chair of the WIB-Chicago Programming Committee as the Volunteer of the Month. Kimberly Smith, partner at Katten, served as the event’s moderator and kicked off the discussion by introducing the evening’s panel, which included:
Star Cunningham, Founder and CEO, 4D Healthware
Gule Sheikh, COO, EasyScripts by TG Healthcare Corporation
Nina Nashif, Founder and CEO, Healthbox
Nicole Walker, Director, Venture Capital, Baird Capital
Nancy Sullivan, CEO and Senior Managing Director, IllinoisVENTURES
Brian Sodikoff, Partner, co-head of Patent Litigation, Katten Muchin Rosenman
The panelists’ unique professional backgrounds and diverse experiences made for an interesting discussion on start-ups in the healthcare arena and on the importance of obtaining funding and securing IP protection. The investors shared their “dos” and “don’ts” when seeking funding, and provided tips on when and how to approach venture capital firms.
Entrepreneurs, Star Cunningham and Gule Sheikh shared their experiences of starting their businesses, and discussed the challenges and rewards they have encountered in their careers as women entrepreneurs. They emphasized the importance of patience, believing in yourself, and in seizing the right opportunity at the right time.
Guests had the opportunity to network before and after the main event. This event provided a delightful opportunity to hear from industry experts, as well as unwind after work and meet other members of the community.
- Tanya Ignjatovic, Ph.D.
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