Turn Your Science Into a Venture (SEAS Students)
March 21st, 2022 ~ 05:30pm - 06:30pm
Harvard Innovation Labs
Hey SEAS students! Come explore where innovation meets entrepreneurship.
Learn how to work with the Harvard Innovation Labs and the Harvard Office of Technology Development (OTD)! This session is specifically designed for SEAS students and will focus on the steps you will need to turn your research into a venture.
You’ll walk away with new knowledge about:
- Understanding your customer
- Building your venture’s story and a pitch deck
- Licensing the IP
Sam Liss, Executive Director, Strategic Partnerships, in Harvard Office of Technology Development
Sam leads OTD efforts to develop strategic research collaborations in engineering and the physical sciences, while also helping commercialize technologies in robotics, computer science, medical devices and a range of other areas. Prior to Harvard, Sam served in a variety of business-facing roles at two venture capital-backed startups and was Vice President of Corporate Marketing at Dialogic Corporation, which was later acquired by Intel. He was also a management consultant at Booz, Allen & Hamilton, advising clients in the software, semiconductor and electronics sectors. Sam holds an MBA from Columbia University and a BS in electrical engineering from Syracuse University.
Phil Green, Harvard Innovation Labs B2B Advisor
As Associate Director, Venture Programs, Phil ‘s mentoring is focused on B2B, as well as teams where engineering/product development choices are critical to the venture. Phil brings 30 years of experience in building products, services, teams, and companies. As a former CTO, he has built web-based enterprise applications, as well as consumer mobile apps for IOS and Android. As a former CEO, he built a customer base of 5,000 organizations, in 50 countries, serving over 1 million users. This B2B venture used a direct sales channel to penetrate F1000 accounts such as Bank of America, NASA, Owens Corning, Pfizer, Kraft Foods and used an indirect partner channel to penetrate international markets as well as small or midsize US businesses. As a COO, he has improved operations, profitability, and led the company’s push to establish an inbound marketing strategy focused on generating B2B leads. Phil has experience in conversational AI, search, database systems, agile development, no code product development solutions such as Bubble & Glide, and has worked at venture-backed start-ups, self-funded start-ups, and publicaly traded companies. Phil can also advise on how to approach Angels, and he is a Boston Techstars alumnus. Phil holds an MBA from HBS and graduated from Harvard College with an AB in Economics.