Jumpstarting Innovation in Princeton

Meet investing angels in Princeton on February 21, and meet the inventor of the Next Big Thing on February 29. You’ll need an invitation for the Angel Party, sponsored by Jumpstart New Jersey (email your business summary to info@jumpstartnj.com). But anybody will be able to spot the angels lurking in the audience (and on the judges stand) at the February 29 Innovation Forum, set for 5:30 p.m. at the Friend Center Auditorium, and it’s free.

It is sponsored by Princeton University’s Keller Center, the Jumpstart New Jersey Angel Network, and Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP in conjunction with Princeton’s Office of Technology Licensing. Competitors — all with a connection to the university — give a three-minute elevator pitch and the judges award a total of $40,000 to the top three entries.
A couple of years ago a woman won first prize for a website that crowd-sourced and crowd-funded fashion picks. That one dropped a lot of jaws. Here’s an account of last year’s contest.

Upcoming events, as featured on the Office of Technology licensing web page, include 

BioNJ’s Innovation Summit and Funding Roundtable: An event focused on diagnostics and personalized medicine. Wed., Mar. 14, 2012, at Princeton University 

International BioPartnering Conference
: Join life science executives from the biotech and pharmaceutical industries, venture capitalists and entrepreneurs at New Jersey’s only biopartnering conference. May 10-11, 2012, Westin Princeton at Forrestal Village

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