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Weatherhead Entrepreneurship Series: Financing Startups

Raising capital is one of the most important parts of getting a high potential company off the ground. Whether you are an investor or a founder, understanding the keys to financing a new business is crucial.

Please join us Monday, February 6 at the Tinkham Veale University Center at Case Western Reserve University for an expert discussion about the emerging trends in early-stage investing; what is most important to experienced investors when considering a new start-up opportunity; how entrepreneurs have successfully raised money from investors; and the dos and don’ts for meeting and pitching angels and VCs.

6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Panel Presentation & Discussion
7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Reception & Networking


Suzanne Rivera, PhD Suzanne Rivera, PhD (MODERATOR)
Vice President for Research and Technology Management, Case Western Reserve University
Rivera oversees of the University’s $400M+ research enterprise and is responsible for technology commercialization. Under her leadership, the university licenses technologies to established companies and creates on average five start-ups per year. Rivera also manages CWRU’s early-stage investment fund.


Stephanie HarringtonStephanie Harrington
Chief Executive Officer, Matrix Medical Devices LLC
Harrington has over 20 years of management experience in the medical device industry, in start-ups, small companies and large corporations. Prior to founding her own company, Harrington was COO of Frantz Medical Development, where she negotiated licensing agreements with inventors, formed start-up venture companies, and performed due diligence evaluations for the company’s venture arm. Prior to Frantz, Harrington was VP, Regulatory and Clinical at Imalux Corporation, raising more than $10M and actively participating in fundraising and board management from venture capitalists and angel investors. Since 2013, she has served as CEO for her medical device consulting company, serving 50+ clients worldwide, as well as serving as President and CEO for a start-up commercializing a Case Western Reserve biosensor technology. 


Marcella Kanfer RolnickMarcella Kanfer Rolnick
Vice Chair, GOJO Industries
Kanfer Rolnick is driven to create meaning and value every day as leader, with her father, of their diverse family enterprise – which includes GOJO, inventor of PURELL®; an array of early-stage ventures and philanthropic foundations; and a family office. Their venture portfolio focuses on health tech, and largely comprises start-ups incubated in Netanya, Israel.

Kanfer Rolnick serves on boards of a wide variety of companies and organizations, including the Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit at Case Western Reserve University. 


Charu RamanathanCharu Ramanathan
Co-Founder & Chief Scientific Officer, CardioInsight 
Dr. Charu Ramanathan is the co-founder of CardioInsight, a company developing noninvasive cardiac mapping technologies. Dr. Ramanathan led CardioInsight through its growth stages, raising over $33 million of capital and ultimately its acquisition in 2015 by medical device giant, Medtronic.  She has been the recipient of several awards for her contributions to medical device development including Crain’s Cleveland 40 under 40, TiE Immigrant Entrepreneur and American Red Cross Hero.


This is a complimentary event. Please register early, as space is limited.  

Tinkham Veale University Center
Case Western Reserve University
Ballroom C
11038 Bellflower Road
Cleveland, OH 44106

Lot S-29 (Severance Garage), 11001 Euclid Avenue (entrance on East Blvd.)


Monday, Feb. 6, 2017 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Sponsored by: Weatherhead School of Management
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