‘Funders and Founders’ forum set for May 4

April 29, 2006 4:59 p.m.

Longtime entrepreneur and teacher Ed Zschau and three other Princeton graduates will share their insights and expertise in raising venture capital at a forum from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 4, in the Friend Center auditorium.

Zschau, a 1961 alumnus and a visiting professor teaching the course “High-Technology Entrepreneurship” at Princeton, will be joined on the panel by Karen Drexler ’81, co-founder of Amira Medical; Jim Furnivall ’80, general partner of Canaan Partners; and Kef Kasdin ’85, general partner at Battelle Ventures and at Innovation Valley Partners. The forum is titled “Funders and Founders: Perspectives on Raising Capital.”

The discussion will be followed by a reception where students, faculty, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and angel investors will meet informally to discuss ideas and exchange knowledge and advice. The lecture and reception are free and open to the public.

The panel is part of a lecture series sponsored sponsored by Princeton’s Center for Innovation in Engineering Education (CIEE) in collaboration with the JumpStart New Jersey Angel Network.

CIEE is a new center within the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Princeton. Created in 2005, CIEE strives to set a new standard for engineering education by emphasizing interdisciplinary collaboration, societal context and leadership in addition to fundamental engineering principles.