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Batten Institute - Ventures - VentureLab Speaker Series

VentureLab Speaker Series

The VentureLab Incubator supports the development of new entrepreneurs and the growth of promising early-stage ventures. With the 2020 VentureLab program operating remotely, we are opening up our weekly speaker sessions to those outside of the incubator program. Please join us via YouTube to hear from our speakers throughout the 9-week series.

Date Time (Eastern) Title Speakers Live Stream Link Recording
Tues June 9 10:00 am - 11:00 am Effectuation Part II: Art of the Ask

Professor Saras Sarasvathy and Doug Lebda (EMBA '14), founder and CEO of LendingTree

Session has been recorded.  
Wed June 17 11:30 am - 12:30 pm VC101: from Pitching to the Term Sheet

Jeff Bocan, Partner at Okapi Venture Capital

Session has been recorded.


Wed June 24 10:30 am - 12:00 pm Startup Toolkit for Iterating on the MVP

Professor Raul Chao

Session has been recorded.


Wed July 1 10:30 am - 12:30 pm Velocity of a Startup

Professor Damon Devito & Robert Chesnut, Former Chief Ethics Officer at Airbnb

Session has been recorded.

Damon DeVito

Robert Chesnut

Wed July 8 11:30 am - 12:30 pm Leveraging Uncertainty: Lead Like an Entrepreneur

Professor Saras Sarasvathy and David Touve, Director of Ventures at the Batten Institute

Session has been recorded. Link
Wed July 15 11:30 am - 12:30 pm The Defensible and Differentiated Idea

Faraj Aalaei, Founding Partner at Candou Ventures

Wed July 22 10:30 am - 11:30 am Startup Realities of Project Management

Professor Yael Grushka-Cockayne Link
Wed July 29 10:30 am - 12:30 pm What's Your Story?

Professor June West


Wed August 5 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Founders Panel 

Jack Ross, Co-Founder of Beanstalk
Mike Ross, Co-Founder of Beanstalk
Suz Somersall, Founder of KiraKira and SukiSo
Aneesh Dhawan, Founder of PurPics
+ the 2020 Kathryne Carr Award Winner Link