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Snell & Wilmer + EvoNexus Event

May 1 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

05/01/2024 – 05:30 pm to 07:30 pm

Join us on Wednesday, May 1st at Snell & Wilmer’s Law Offices from 5:30-7:30pm for an exciting event delving into investor and startup expectations for funding rounds in 2024.

Details below. You will not want to miss out on this informative discussion:

Securing venture capital investment in 2023 was incredibly difficult with venture capital on a national level falling 40%. The reasons for that have been well documented throughout the media. Securing venture capital was not only more difficult, but also took much longer to close. 2024 continues to be a tough environment and the reflection of that will be shown once national statistics are released. This program will provide you firsthand experience of recent early-stage fundings with the panel’s respective companies as well as insight from San Diego based NuFund, that specializes in early-stage investments.

Additional details:

MODERATOR:
Bardia Moayedi, Partner, Snell & Wilmer
Bardia Moayedi is a corporate and securities partner at Snell & Wilmer, chair of the firm’s Technology Industry Group and co-chair of the firm’s Life Sciences Industry Group. He primarily advises emerging growth and public companies throughout their life cycles as well as venture capital and private equity firms, particularly in the life sciences, high-technology, financial technology, food and beverage, and clean-technology industries.
Bardia has significant experience representing companies and financial firms in a broad range of general corporate governance and transactional matters, including venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, debt offerings, spin-offs/divestitures, joint ventures, IPOs, follow-on offerings, and tender offers. He is a trusted advisor, often serving as the go-to outside counsel or lead counsel to his clients.
Prior to attending law school, Bardia worked at a prominent investment bank, where he focused on hedge funds and private equity funds. As an undergraduate, he played ice and roller hockey at UCLA.

PANEL:
Ashok Kamal, Executive Director, NuFund
Ashok Kamal is an Executive Director & Co-Fund Manager of NuFund Venture Group, a San Diego-based early-stage investment fund created by, and formerly known as, Tech Coast Angels – San Diego. NuFund is one of the largest, most active and most successful early-stage investor groups over the past 20+ years. They invest primarily in tech and life sciences.
As a social entrepreneur, Ashok is driven to attack our biggest global challenges, such as education, environmental degradation and health & wellness. He values creativity, tenacity and resourcefulness and wants to connect with people who have a vision for a better world, and share his mission for being part of the solution and making things happen.
Ashok has diverse experience starting, leading and investing in organizations in the private, public and nonprofit sectors. His entrepreneurial path includes bootstrapping to profitability, winning award money in the world’s most prestigious business plan competition and raising money from an accelerator and venture capitalists, and angel investing in technology startups. As a speaker and presenter, Ashok is grateful to have been given the opportunity to share at various events, including South By Southwest, Sustainable Brands, GreenBiz Forum, LAUNCH Festival, Gamification Summit and the White House’s GreenGov Symposium. In addition, he’s contributed numerous articles and interviews to technology and business websites such as VentureBeat, Forbes and Fast Company.

Patrick Henry, President & CEO, GroGuru
As the CEO of GroGuru, Mr. Patrick Henry drives the overall strategy and operational execution for an exciting AgTech company that will change the way that we grow crops by using an innovative IoT system for precision irrigation and soil monitoring and management.
Mr. Henry is a senior executive and serial entrepreneur that has run four different startup companies with multiple exits. His articles about various aspect of entrepreneurship and building businesses can be found in Inc. Magazine, Fast Company, Tech.Co, Entrepreneur, The Huffington Post, and other publications. He has been featured on CNBC, Bloomberg Television, and in Forbes.
As CEO of Entropic, he took the company from pre-revenue and pre-product through a successful IPO and a billion-dollar valuation. Entropic, along with its industry partners, developed an industry leading communications standard called MoCA, which became the de facto standard for streaming video inside the home for applications like multi-room DVR. He has personally raised over $200 million in equity financing for his companies, and been directly involved in over $2 billion of M&A transactions.
Previously, Mr. Henry had CEO or senior roles at QuestFusion, Pictos Technologies, LinCom Wireless, LSI Logic, C-Cube Microsystems. Earlier in his career, he worked for AMD and Dow-Corning Corp.
Mr. Henry was the winner of 2008 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year for Technology, San Diego Daily Transcript 2008 Top Influentials in the Technology Industry, and 2011 San Diego Business Journal Most Admired CEO. He volunteers as a mentor to entrepreneurs at EvoNexus and the Chairman’s Roundtable.
Mr. Henry has a BESM with high honors from Georgia Tech, and a MBA from the University of Southern California.

Ross Bundy, CEO, CRISPR QC / Co-Founder & Chief Entrepreneur, Cardea Bio
Ross Bundy, Co-founder of Cardea Bio, brings his vision for directing strategy, operations, and planning to the company’s market-leading technology solutions at CRISPR QC. As the Chief Executive Officer of CRISPR QC, he leads a team of passionate and innovative scientists and engineers who are developing and deploying a revolutionary biosensor platform that enables the Internet of Biology. With over 6 years of entrepreneurial experience in the biotechnology sector, Ross has co-founded and scaled two successful companies, Cardea Bio Inc. and CRISPR QC, that are transforming the fields of diagnostics, therapeutics, and bioinformatics.
Ross is responsible for new expansions and key projects at Cardea including scaling up the chip production for Cardea and help setting up partnerships. With an MBA from San Diego State University and a BA in History from the University of California, San Diego, Ross has held positions in supply chain, operations, and finance from companies such as General Dynamics and UBC Financial Services. Ross brings precision execution and implementation to the company.

ABOUT SNELL & WILMER
Founded in 1938, Snell & Wilmer is a full-service business law firm with more than 500 lawyers practicing in 16 locations throughout the United States and in Mexico. The firm represents clients ranging from large, publicly traded corporations to small businesses, individuals and entrepreneurs. Snell & Wilmer and its lawyers have been recognized by clients and peers for exceptional legal skills and ethical business practices with various distinguished awards. The firm is renowned for having extensive experience in a full range of transactional and litigation legal services. The firm’s range of practices include, among others: bankruptcy, bioscience, business litigation, construction, corporate, employee benefits, energy/environmental, healthcare, intellectual property, international, labor/employment, product liability, real estate/zoning, tax, and trusts/estates.

ABOUT EVONEXUS
EvoNexus is California’s leading nonprofit technology startup incubator located in San Diego. EvoNexus has successfully incubated over 260 startups with a survival rate of over 85%. Since the incubator’s formation in 2010, EvoNexus companies have secured over $1.6B in venture funding, $10B in pre-exit valuation, and had over 54 acquisitions valued at over $2.1B. YTD $240M invested. EvoNexus is supported by corporate partners, including some of the largest multinational corporations in the world such as Qualcomm, Viasat, muRata, pSemi, and more! For more information, please visit evonexus.org.

Venue

12230 El Camino Real, Unit 300
12230 El Camino Real, Unit 300
San Diego, CA 92130 United States

Venue

12230 El Camino Real, Unit 300
12230 El Camino Real, Unit 300
San Diego, CA 92130 United States