A STEM Student’s Guide to Venture Capital

Accessing Funding and Careers in VC

Event Description

Join us for our next Innovate and Educate event! This event will not only expose STEM-oriented graduate students and post-docs to the role venture capital may play in funding the inventions they are creating in their academic and research programs but will also explain the types of jobs that may be available within the venture capital ecosystem for individuals that have a STEM background. The panel is made up of professionals that work in venture capital that also have PhDs in STEM-oriented subjects. They will share their experiences in funding and supporting STEM-oriented startup companies and share their experiences for how they navigated from PhD scientists to landing jobs in the venture capital industry.


While this program is oriented towards higher-education STEM students and post-docs, it is open to all students or individuals that may be interested in accessing venture capital or finding a job in venture capital!


This free event will be held virtually via Zoom. To register, follow this link.



  • Susanna Harris, PhD – Manager of Engagement and Communications, Xontogeny
  • Inca Dieterich, PhD – Associate, Arch Ventures
  • Scott Alpizar, PhD – Senior Venture Associate, Foundation Venture Capital Group



  • Mike Wiley – Vice President, Foundation Venture Capital Group


Presented by:

Foundation for Health Advancement

The Foundation for Health Advancement (FHA) is a 501c(3) not-for-profit organization. FHA’s programs grow new science-based businesses in collaboration with New Jersey-based research institutions and inspire students to pursue STEM majors and careers. FHA, in partnership with its affiliates, New Jersey Health Foundation (NJHF) and Foundation Venture Capital Group (FVCG), provides funding and technical support to faculty and student researchers at our partner institutions. Visit our website for more information.


Rutgers iJOBS

The Rutgers University iJOBS Program exposes life science PhD students and postdocs to a range of non-academic and academic career options and empowers them to pursue their career goals. In 2014 Rutgers became 1 of only 17 schools in the country to be awarded an NIH BEST grant and iJOBS programming was later expanded to all campuses of Rutgers as well as Princeton, Rowan, NJ Institute of Technology and Stevens Institute of Technology. iJOBS maintains research as the primary trainee focus while offering programming to broaden trainee's perspectives, experiences, and knowledge to facilitate the pursuit of academic and non-academic careers. For more information, visit the Rutgers iJOBS website.


Princeton Innovation Center BioLabs

Princeton Innovation Center BioLabs, a premier incubator for technology and life science startups in New Jersey, offers 30,000 square-feet of wet and dry labs, private offices, and open coworking space for startup companies formed by Princeton University faculty, students and alumni, as well as by members of the wider New Jersey community. Members have access to their shared lab equipment, EH&S and hazardous waste services, and a convenient purchasing platform. For more information, visit the Princeton Innovation Center BioLabs website.

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