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Do you have a great idea for a startup?
Are you interested in pitching it to potential investors?
Apply for AIMS E-CHALLENGE!

[Proposals due May 22nd, 2012, 11:59 pm]

Free event, Registration required: aims.stanford.edu
1-2 page .pdf proposals should be sent to aimsleadership@gmail.com


AIMS is seeking proposals for its 2nd Annual E-challenge Event. The E-challenge event is an excellent opportunity for Stanford Postdoc Entrepreneurs and their team members (could be non-postdocs and non-Stanford affiliates) with Early to Late Stage Start-up ideas in any field to network with a panel of Angels, Investors and VCs and present their ideas.

This is a great platform to understand the key to raising Seed money for your Start-up and receive valuable pitch coaching and communication pointers from renowned Bay Area VCs & Serial Entrepreneurs. This could be your Launchpad to success! Proposals for ideas in all disciplines at any stage are welcome!


VC, Co-founder Merus Capital - Salman Ullah Salman co-founded Merus Capital in November 2007. Previously he was Vice President of Corporate Development at Google, where he spent three years managing a worldwide team responsible for all of Google.s acquisitions and investments. Prior to Google, he spent over seven years at Microsoft in several roles including General Manager of Corporate Strategy and Managing Director of Corporate Development. Earlier in his career, he was an Engagement Manager at McKinsey in Chicago where he spent four years working in the technology and consumer goods sectors. He was also a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in physics at the University of Virginia and the University of Chicago. He holds a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Stanford University. Salman will be a part of the VC panel for the E-challenge and will also help finalists with pitch coaching before the final event.

Jon has extensive leadership experience in the information technology, communications and social web with 25 years in the IT business. The last 15 years he has been a Startup founder and CEO. Author of "So you want to be an Entrepreneur" (Wiley) and lecturer on the associated Entrepreneurship courses at Stanford. 11 years as Mentor and Start-up coach: Stanford/UC Berkeley/London Business School (EIR). He has been an Entrepreneur in residence/Mentor/Judge for the London Business School for 8 years and more recently 6 years at Stanford University (GSB, MS&E and SIE), UC Berkeley HAAS and Stanford StartX. He is passionate about "entrepreneurship" and loves to work in and with Start-ups as an advisor and investor. Jon will be a part of the VC panel for the E-challenge and will provide the Angel perspective.

Dr. Fodor pioneered "Gene chip" technology and co-founded Affymetrix. Dr. Fodor has received various honors and awards, including the Washington State University Distinguished Alumni Award, the Intellectual Property Owner's Distinguished Inventor of the Year Award, the Chiron Corporation Biotechnology Research Award, The Association for Laboratory Automation Achievement Award, the Jacob Heskel Gabbay Award in Biotechnology and Medicine, The Takeda Foundation Award, and The Economist Innovation Award for Nanotechnology. Dr. Fodor serves on the Board of Trustees of the Carnegie Institute of Science, serves on a variety of scientific advisory boards, and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. Dr.Fodor will screen the proposals with the assistance of the AIMS Team and pick the finalists.

Mary Etta Eaton, "the PitchDoc", is a Silicon Valley leadership communications coach & Instructor at Stanford University School of Engineering and Foothill College who advises managers & tech professionals in startups and public companies. Mary Etta received her BS degree in Speech Communication Education from University of Maryland and her MS in Organizational Communication from Purdue. Mary Etta will provide pitch coaching and guidance for the finalists.