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SDEE has a number of truly fantastic events that range from our monthly happy hours to expert-led workshops and networking events.

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  • Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at 05:00 PM · 117 rsvps
    Green Acre Campus Pointe in San Diego, CA

    Angel Investor Educational Panel

    Come and hear about the early investment process!

    Join us for an interactive panel discussion to learn what entrepreneurs need to know about raising money from angel investors. The panel will discuss investment strategies, what angels look for when investing, common deal structures, key terms and the San Diego angel ecosystem.

     

    Event Sponsors:

    Featured Speakers

    Randy Berholtz  Senior Advisor, Mesa Verde Ventures; Executive Vice President, Corporate Development and General Counsel, Innovus Pharmaceuticals

    Sam Ellis Investor, Life Science Angels, Tech Coast Angels; Vice President, Thomson Instrument Company; Executive Vice President, January Therapeutics

    Jay Goth Founder, Redtail Capital; Co-Founder, Murrieta Genomics; Managing Partner, Forentis Fund

     

    Moderator Jim Krenn, Partner, Morrison & Foerster LLP

    Program

    5:00 – 6:00 pm         Networking Reception & Exhibition, appetizers and refreshments provided

    6:00 – 6:15 pm         Introduction to SDEE, 30 second pitches

    6:15 – 7:15 pm         Angel Investor Panel, Q & A

    7:15 – 8:00 pm         Continued Networking and Exhibition

     

    Cost: Free for SDEE members - RSVP below

    Non-members $25     Non-members purchase tickets here

    Exhibit tables are available to SDEE member companies! Deadline to request a table June 11th

    Members can apply to give a 30 second pitch, Deadline to request June 14th

    Members: Contact Danielle Hayes, dhayes@sdentrepreneurs.org

     

    Randy Berholtz is a Sr. Fund Advisor and Fund Counsel with Mesa Verde and a Member of the Investment Committee. Mr. Berholtz has over 24 years of experience as a venture capital, securities, private and public financing, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, intellectual property litigation and regulatory lawyer in the life sciences including over 14 years as the general counsel to three public life science companies in San Diego (Nanogen, Inc., Apricus Biosciences, Inc., and Innovus Pharmaceuticals, Inc.) and to one group of US and Chinese life science companies in San Diego and Hangzhou, China (the ACON Group). He has also served as the Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel to IngleWood Ventures, L.P. and has held roles as a general partner, venture partner, advisor and consultant to a number of life science venture capital firms. He was also a member of the San Diego Tech Coast Angels (BioMedTRak Group) and the Life Science Angels. He is currently on the Board of Directors of Strategic Drug Solutions, Inc., the first spin-out company from the Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California and has been on the board of directors of four other life science companies. He is a past Adjunct Professor at the Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences at the Claremont Colleges and a past Lecturer at the Rady School of Business at the University of California, San Diego. Randy has his BA from Cornell University in political economy, his M.Litt from Oxford University where he was a Rhodes Scholar, his J.D. from the Yale Law School and is expected to receive his MBA (2016) from the University of San Diego.

     

    Sam Ellis is an entrepreneur, business leader, investor, biochemist and molecular biologist who has worked in the biotechnology industry for over 20 years. He is a member of Tech Coast Angels and Life Science Angels, and serves on multiple privately held company boards.

    Sam serves on January Therapeutics board, and has led a successful seed round fundraising. He has successfully grown multiple businesses including Thomson Instrument Company and is listed as inventor on more than 43+ patents.   In his career Sam has successfully closed more than 100 deals in biotechnology-focused partnerships with large pharma, small pharma, academic, and government entities while at Thomson.  Sam is a regular speaker at PEP Talk & PEGS, speaking publicly at multiple conferences. As an Angel Investor/Entrepreneur Sam has the ability to help companies grow/prepare to the next level.

     

    Jay Goth is the Managing Partner of Forentis Fund, a biotech venture capital firm focused on precision medicine. He is a veteran entrepreneur, with experience in the hospitality, energy, finance and technology verticals. As a founding executive of Commonwealth Energy, Jay helped the company go from start-up to almost $500 million in revenues in five years, becoming the largest unregulated supplier of electricity and natural gas in the country when the company went public on the AMEX.

    He serves as Executive Director of InSoCal CONNECT, a nonprofit that has structured mentorship and training programs for entrepreneurs, was a Senior Consultant with TriTech SBDC, one of seven technology designated Small Business Development Centers operating under the SBA, and served as an Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of California Riverside. Jay also serves on the board of directors for Credence Code Technologies, Inc., a company focused on blockchain development and implementation. He also serves on the board of Burble, a company that delivers the power of story through minimally defined immersive environments. Jay is on the board of directors for InSoCal CONNECT and Reach Out, nonprofits dedicated to improving lives in the Inland Empire.

  • Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 05:30 PM · 44 rsvps
    New English Brewing Company in San Diego, CA

    June Happy Hour

    Come network with your fellow San Diego entrepreneurs at Happy Hour held at the New English Brewing Company in Sorrento Valley.

    This month's happy hour is sponsored by American Laboratory Trading (ALT). SDEE members - stop by the SDEE table, make a name tag, and exchange your business card with ALT for one free drink ticket and one free food ticket. You must be an SDEE member to receive food and drink tickets. This month's food provider is Angry Pete's Pizza

    Not a member yet? Just ask SDEE about the benefits of joining and/or ask members at the event about the benefits they've received from joining. Our members are happy to spread the word! 

    Everyone is welcome (registration is free!), SDEE members get 10% drinks discount.

  • Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at 12:00 PM
    BDO in San Diego, CA

    Lunch and Learn with Wagenknecht IP Law Group

    Protecting & Enforcing Trademarks

    Complimentary Lunch & Learn

    June 26, 2019

    12:00pm - 1:30pm

    BDO

    Location: BDO, 3570 Carmel Mountain Rd., #400, San Diego, CA 92130

     What You Will Learn:

    • When to use TM and when to use ®
    • Creative approaches for expanding trademark rights beyond brand names & logos
    • What to do if someone registers your trademark before you
    • How to expand a trademark registration internationally
    • Different approaches for policing your trademark
    • Steps to stop trademark infringement
    • Inexpensive strategies for enforcing trademarks on Amazon & eBay

    Who Should Attend:

    • Entrepreneurs interested in building and protecting their brands in the U.S. & abroad
    • Corporate & General Counsels looking to develop a more in-depth understanding of U.S. & foreign trademark practice
    • Advertising & marketing professionals that generate advertising copy & advise clients about the selection & proper use of trademarks

    About our Speakers: 

                Ray Wagenknecht is a patent attorney with strong ties to San Diego's research and development community with 15 years of experience protecting and enforcing intellectual property rights.  Ray's practice includes comprehensive patent and trademark representation, including patent and trademark prosecution, due diligence, freedom to operate (FTO) analysis, and trademark opposition proceedings.

    Ray received his Juris Doctorate (J.D.) degree from the University of San Diego School of Law (USD), and his Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Molecular Biology from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). 

                Antony Novom is a patent attorney with more than 18 years of experience counseling clients in all areas of intellectual property protection, prepares and prosecutes patent applications in a wide range of technologies, including biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, clean tech, biofuels, and electronic hardware.

    Antony received his Juris Doctorate (J.D.) degree from California Western School of Law, San Diego, and his Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Biochemistry from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). 

    Wagenknecht IP Law Group is a full-service intellectual property boutique law firm representing corporations, universities, and nonprofit institutions. The Firm has consistently been recognized as a "Top Patent Firm" by Intellectual Property Today Magazine and was awarded "Best for Medical Device Patent & Trademark Protection" from Acquisition International.

     

    **One hour of MCLE Credit is on request with the State Bar of California, pending approval**

    This is a free event!  RSVP to: “Andy” Kotner   Andy@WagenIPLaw.com

    Please indicate food preference for Box Lunch – Chicken, Beef, or Vegetarian

     

  • Thursday, July 18, 2019 at 05:30 PM · 3 rsvps
    New English Brewing Company in San Diego, CA

    July Happy Hour

    Come network with your fellow San Diego entrepreneurs at Happy Hour held at the New English Brewing Company in Sorrento Valley.

    This month's happy hour is sponsored by Longfellow. SDEE members - stop by the SDEE table, make a name tag, and receive one free drink ticket and one free food ticket. You must be an SDEE member to receive food and drink tickets. 

    Not a member yet? Just ask SDEE about the benefits of joining and/or ask members at the event about the benefits they've received from joining. Our members are happy to spread the word! 

    Everyone is welcome (registration is free!), SDEE members get 10% drinks discount.

  • Tuesday, August 06, 2019 at 05:00 PM
    Bella Vista Social Club & Caffe

    Summer Social

    Save the Date!

    Tuesday, August 6th

    5:00pm - 9:00pm

    We're planning our first annual Summer Social that you won't want to miss. Mark your calendars for this fabulous & fun event.

    Free for SDEE Members / Non-members $35

     

    Sponsored by

     

  • Thursday, August 22, 2019 at 05:30 PM · 3 rsvps
    New English Brewing Company in San Diego, CA

    August Happy Hour

    Come network with your fellow San Diego entrepreneurs at Happy Hour held at the New English Brewing Company in Sorrento Valley.

    Not a member yet? Just ask SDEE about the benefits of joining and/or ask members at the event about the benefits they've received from joining. Our members are happy to spread the word! 

    Everyone is welcome (registration is free!), SDEE members get 10% drinks discount.

  • Monday, September 02, 2019 at 12:00 PM
    TBA

    Entrepreneur Boot Camp

    Coming Soon!

    Entrepreneur Boot Camp 

    Whether you are considering a start-up or want to grow your existing company, SDEE’s Boot Camp will provide a complete tool kit for successfully achieving the next critical step. Educational sessions will feature a panel of experts who will focus on a selection of core topics. Mentoring sessions will provide the perfect opportunity for peer-to-peer discussions that explore the topics and their specific application. This program is also an excellent opportunity to expand your network with colleagues that have successfully faced the issues you will or are now working through.

    Educational Sessions:

    • 5 core sessions

    • 2 optional sessions

    • 2 - 3 speakers/session

    Mentoring Sessions:

    A key strength of the SDEE community is peer-to-peer mentoring. Peer groups of no more than 6 members will be established at the first meeting, largely determined by geography and/or entrepreneur area of focus. Small group sizes help with team cohesion and ensure adequate focused time on the unique situation of each member at the mentoring sessions. The monthly mentoring sessions will be held separately after the main session to have informal discussions with experts who will provide advice and resources to complement each core session.

    The Boot Camp will start in September - more details to follow

     

    Sponsored by:

     

     

  • Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 05:30 PM · 1 rsvp
    New English Brewing Company in San Diego, CA

    September Happy Hour

    Come network with your fellow San Diego entrepreneurs at Happy Hour held at the New English Brewing Company in Sorrento Valley.

    Not a member yet? Just ask SDEE about the benefits of joining and/or ask members at the event about the benefits they've received from joining. Our members are happy to spread the word! 

    Everyone is welcome (registration is free!), SDEE members get 10% drinks discount.

  • Tuesday, October 01, 2019 at 12:00 PM
    TBD

    Founders Tales

    Coming soon in the Fall of 2019

    Come and hear local San Diego Biotech leaders speak about their experiences with starting companies, building teams, raising money, and developing their businesses

  • Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 05:30 PM · 1 rsvp
    New English Brewing Company in San Diego, CA

    October Happy Hour

    Come network with your fellow San Diego entrepreneurs at Happy Hour held at the New English Brewing Company in Sorrento Valley.

    Not a member yet? Just ask SDEE about the benefits of joining and/or ask members at the event about the benefits they've received from joining. Our members are happy to spread the word! 

    Everyone is welcome (registration is free!), SDEE members get 10% drinks discount.


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SDEE PLATINUM SPONSORS

ALT San Diego

SDEE GOLD SPONSORS

Alexandria

Ted Jacobs
Executive Managing Director
Global Life Sciences Practices Group

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Takeda San Diego Union Bank JP Morgan logo

SDEE BRONZE SPONSORS

Duane Morris MaxCyte Wagenknecht Barney and Barney Longfellow

SDEE is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded by local San Diego entrepreneurs
in order to provide a voice for the early stage start-up, to support new entrepreneurs and their companies,
and to sponsor networking and educational events
to help develop the skills necessary to bring funding, business, and jobs to the San Diego area.

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