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Lab to Launch Series: Fundraising for Commercialized Research and "Ask Me Anything" with Venture Capitalists

Bryan Chambers, Adjunct Professor in Entrepreneurship, JSOM-UTD, and VP of Accelerator and Investment Fund, Capital Factory, will host this second season of "Lab to Launch" - an online series for researchers interested in pursuing entrepreneurship.  Bryan has spent his career working with and investing in venture-backed startups, so naturally this season of "Lab to Launch" will focus on providing "Rocket Fuel for Your Fundraising Strategy."  Register to join us for some 1:1 chats with successful research-focused entrepreneurs and our last session this season will feature a panel of investors.  


Monday, October 26, 12:00 - 1:00 PM CDT

Fundraising for Commercialized Research and "Ask Me Anything" with Venture Capitalists

presented by the panel of:

Kerry Rupp, Joe Beard, and Inobat Karras

  • ABSTRACT: Join us for a panel about fundraising for your commercialized research with active venture capitalists. You will learn the basics of fundraising and have a chance to ask your questions in an Ask Me Anything format.
  • BIO: The discussion will be moderated by Bryan Chambers and include panelists Kerry Rupp, Joe Beard, and Inobat Karras. Kerry Rupp is a General Partner at True Wealth Ventures and nationally-certified instructor for the NSF I-Corps program. Joe Beard is an entrepreneur, a venture capitalist and a former investment banker. Most recently he served as a Partner at Perot Jain where he led investments in over 40 companies across 4 countries. Inobat Karras brings over ten years of experience with multinational firms in venture capital, private equity, private banking and family office advisement. Inobat currently serves as the Principal of Dallas-based Interlock Partners, an early-stage technology venture capital fund.


*BOOSTER SESSIONS* - NEW to "Lab to Launch" Series!

Join us as we continue the conversation with our speakers in a more relaxed setting.  This additional time will be hosted in a MS Teams Meeting, allowing you to ask questions directly and engage in further conversation face-to-face after each "Lab to Launch" presentation.  Booster Sessions will immediately follow each "Lab to Launch" session from approximately 1:00-1:30 PM. 

Want to catch up on previous Lab to Launch sessions?
View Season 1 and earlier Season 2 episodes in this playlist, hosted on the UTD Office of Research YouTube channel.


Advance registration is required and will close at 10:00 AM on the event date.  

Upon completing the Eventbrite form for each individual event date, registrants will receive a confirmation email immediately with links to add the webinar to an online calendar of their choice.  Instructions for HOW TO JOIN the MS Teams Live* event will be emailed to registrants after 10:00 AM on the event date. 

The "Lab to Launch" online series is sponsored by the Office of Research at The University of Texas at Dallas, in partnership with the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Blackstone LaunchPad & Techstars.  For more information, please contact  


*About our virtual platform:

This live event will be offered through Microsoft (MS) Teams. Attendees should be able to view the live stream video via any internet browser by copy/pasting the emailed Attendee Link into the address bar; however, we do recommend installing the MS Teams app on your computer/smart device prior to the event for the best user experience.

Here is a list of helpful How-To's for MS Teams, including instructions for downloading and installing: If you are affiliated with UT Dallas, you can also contact the UTD Help Desk via live chat, phone or email (contact info shown in the above-referenced How-To link).


Monday, October 26 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Virtual Event

Persons with disabilities may submit a request for accommodations to participate in this event at UT Dallas' ADA website. You may also call (972) 883-5331 for assistance or send an email to All requests should be received no later than 2 business days prior to the event.

Event Type

Lectures & Workshops

Target Audience

Graduate Students, Faculty & Staff, Alumni, General Public


Research, Entrepreneurship & Innovation


Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Research
Contact Information
Anricka Ziller, CMP
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