The infraNET Project,
University of Waterloo
A Smart Community
"Startup Companies: Factors
A Panel Discussion By:
2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Davis Centre, Room 1304
University of Waterloo
About the Seminar
This seminar features a panel
discussion about the factors involved in successful startup companies.
The panel members are:
- Andrew Abouchar, Fund Manager, Waterloo Ventures
- Thomas Åstebro, Professor, Management
Sciences, University of Waterloo
- Mark Schisler, Patent Agent, Bereskin & Parr
- Shirley Speakman, Corporate Finance Consultant,
Royal Bank Ventures Inc.
This panel will address:
- what factors can be used to forecast the success
of start-up firms
- what makes a startup company compelling for a
- what role does an incubator play in
commercializing early stage technology
- what type of investment opportunity makes sense
for an incubator
- how can intellectual property be protected
- why do venture capitalists like patents
About the Panel
Andrew Abouchar, founder of
Stone Road Investment Management Inc., has experience in both high-tech
and advanced manufacturing investments.
Thomas Åstebro, Assoc.
Chair in Management of Technological Change, does research in
institutional economics, organizational theory and behavioral
decision-making and its applications to technology adoption and diffusion, entrepreneurship
and decision-making in banks.
Mark Schisler, a UW graduate,
specializes in intellectual property related to computer-based
inventions. He manages the patent portfolio for PixStream, and has many
other high-tech clients including IBM and Algorithmics.
Shirley Speakman, a UW graduate, is
a corporate finance consultant for RB Ventures, an early stage investor
assisting on transaction structuring and negotiation.
For more information
The infraNET Project
Computer Systems Group, University of Waterloo
This seminar is sponsored by The
infraNET Project, University of Waterloo.
The infraNET Project, initiated by the
University of Waterloo in 1996, is a partnership to advance Web and
Internet technologies. Its founding partners are: LivePage (now part of
Janna Systems), MKS, Open Text, RIM, Sybase (Waterloo) and Waterloo
We also gratefully acknowledge the
assistance of the Institute for Computer Research, University of