AVX November 2021 Update

Ahmet-Hamdi Cavusoglu

November 1, 2021

Network Statistics

We are up to 15,259 total connections and conversations on the AVX network - 573 more over the last month (4% month over month growth). We are currently tracking 35 potential match negotiations and another 184 with multi-month long discussions heading toward possible matches. We have now actively connected 632 different ventures (out of 1900+ examined) with 1517 different entrepreneurs and investors (out of a pool of 3400+)

In the rest of this newsletter, I will highlight some of our progress at AVX, highlight a few (digital) events from around the network, and some think pieces to examine.

Top Digital Events

Nov 2: How to Pitch & Growth After Series A with Breaking 7% Join Theia and Breaking 7% for an all-women panel on Zoom for focused conversation on the life sciences & digital health industry centered on How to Pitch & Growth After Your Series A. The panelists include Laura Tadvalkar (Principal, RA Capital), Tiffany Yu (Vice President, Equality Asset Management), Jeni Lee (Principal, Pivotal Life Sciences), and Theonie Anastassiadis (Principal, Flagship Pioneering).

Nov 4: Frontier Tech Spotlight: Deep Tech Investment Join Seeqc and Newlab for a fireside chat and roundtable discussion with real-world decision-makers and end-users of quantum computing and other innovative deep technologies. Corporate users and investors will share their perspectives on some of the industry’s most pressing challenges and opportunities in a candid discussion of the state of deep tech investment and implementation in the enterprise..

Nov 9: Relationships Between the DoD and Silicon Valley The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has prioritized strengthening its relationship with Silicon Valley—is it succeeding, and how would we know? Join NSIN for an info session with the Center for Security and Emerging Technology Foretell (CSET Foretell) to learn more about the unique relationship between the DoD and Silicon Valley. In a conversation with Michael Page, CSET Research Fellow at Georgetown University, we will explore the art and science of crowd forecasting. A Q&A session will immediately follow his presentation.

Nov 9-10: 2021 HAI Fall Conference - Policy & AI: Four Radical Proposals for a Better Society This year’s virtual fall conference features a novel format. We will present and discuss four policy proposals that respond to the issues and opportunities created by artificial intelligence. Each policy proposal will be a radical challenge to the status quo and capable of having a significant and far-reaching positive impact on humanity. The proposals will be presented to a panel of experts from multiple disciplines and backgrounds, who will vet, debate, and judge the merits of each proposal. We will also encourage audience participation throughout.

Nov 30: Renewed Investment in STEM Join Dr. Alondra Nelson, the inaugural Deputy Director for Science and Society in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, for a conversation exploring the impact of the Biden-Harris administration’s renewed investment in STEM, including its impact on international scientific collaboration, building public trust in science, and on health equity and environmental justice initiatives.

Dec 1-2: Engage 2021 Conference Catalyze the transformation of research into innovation at Engage 2021. Organized by the Princeton University Office of Corporate Engagement and Foundation Relations, Engage 2021 is virtual, free and open to all. We'll zero in on connections and skills to accelerate the impact of research and innovation on complex problems: Practical information and specific resources and opportunities you can use to advance your work. We'll step back and explore the big picture: How can we propel the development of a robust and inclusive innovation ecosystem.

Dec 3: Yale Lifesciences PitchFest Join us for a full day of live pitches featuring the top biotech and digital health/healthcare IT opportunities developing within Yale. Presented by the Blavatnik Fund for Innovation at Yale, have the opportunity to get a first look at a range of new opportunities.