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Dr. Kevin Chen, Lam Research Corp.

So You Wanna be a Deeptech Entrepreneur?

August 12 (Thursday), 2021
11:30 am to 12:30 pm (EDT)
Virtual via Zoom

Abstract: As the tech industry continues to flourish even amidst challenging times, more and more venture investment dollars are expected to flow into so-called DeepTech companies – companies that are building businesses that apply innovative scientific and engineering approaches to solve critical problems – presenting a unique opportunity for aspiring entrepreneurs who are thinking of starting their own companies. In this presentation, I will share insights and lessons learned from my own entrepreneurial and venture investing experience as well as recommendations for entrepreneurs who are in the trenches already or thinking about jumping in.

Biography: Kevin joined Lam Capital mid-2020 bringing over 15 years of entrepreneurial and operating experience in materials-centric deep- and bio-tech companies. Most recently, Kevin was CEO of Crop Enhancement, an agriculture technology company commercializing novel products that replace synthetic pesticides, leading it from Seed through Series B. Prior to that, Kevin held senior roles at Hanergy (EVP of Silicon Valley Product Development Group) and Applied Materials (CMO of Energy and Environmental Solutions and GM of Energy Storage Solutions). Prior to Applied, Kevin led business development and product management efforts at NanoGram (acquired), AMD/Spansion, and Lumentum. Kevin’s passion for entrepreneurship was ignited early in his career when he co-founded Cumulus Photonics to commercialize innovative optical networking equipment. Kevin earned PhD and SM degrees in Materials Science & Engineering from MIT, a BS in Engineering Science from Penn State University, and is a Kauffman Fellows Finalist. He is a director of Crop Enhancement, advisor to various startups, and mentor with the MIT Venture Mentoring Service