From Zero to Exit: Lessons from Successful Public-Private Investment Funds
Aah, the exit! Moving an innovation startup through investment and mentoring services all the way to a successful exit isn’t easy. In fact, many of the younger regionally based funds haven’t experienced many exits yet; the youngest funds, none. In this session, we will have a rare opportunity to listen in on a conversation among some of the most experienced — and successful — VDO investment managers in the field. Drawing insights on how their funds have achieved multiple exits, the managers will discuss topics ranging from team selection, fund objectives, governance, due diligence techniques, key leadership qualities and path selection toward exit, to closure. We’ll also hear them explore the various forms an exit can take and the policy implications for a public-private investment fund. This session will be designed for an audience having some investment experience.
- Lynn Gellermann, Executive Director, TechGROWTH Ohio
- Peter Longo, Senior Managing Director, Investments, Connecticut Innovations
- Tom Weithman, Managing Director and Vice President, CIT