Chemical Ventures Conference 2019

April 23-24, 2019
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The chemical space has a large untapped opportunity. It has a longer investment time cycle. It has the potential for continued repeatable and predictable financial performance more so maybe than the technology space or the industries directly dependent upon the fickle consumer. The movement of mass and manipulation of energy requires a disciplined development, design and commercialization process to deliver financial results. The opportunities provide high quality jobs, sustainable long term positive effect on the economy and provide critical materials to the broader marketplace. This conference will focus on Innovation, Investment, and Deal Flow in the chemical space.

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Session Topics:

  1. The Role of Venturing in the Chemical Industry
  2. Chemical Start-up Strategies
  3. Outcomes and Exits (M&A, Licensing, etc.)
  4. Structuring Deals for Success
  5. Presentations: Start-ups will present their technologies
  6. Lessons Learned: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
  7. Strategic vs. Financial Investing
  8. Incubation Space for Chemical Start-ups


  • Charles Paul, VP, Technology, Henkel Adhesives
  • Charles Roe, CTO, Co-Founder, AlgiSys
  • Wayne Tamarelli, Owner and President, AWT Private Investments

Organizing Committee:

  • Eric Breese, Evonik Venture Capital
  • Mark DeGrandpre, Head of Physical Sciences, Ben Franklin Technology Partners
  • Jim Gunton, Managing Partner, Tech Council Ventures
  • Mike Patterson, Director, Delaware Innovation Space
  • William Provine, President, CEO, Delaware Innovation Space
  • Purnesh Seegopaul, General Partner, Pangaea Ventures
  • Anna Lee Tonkovich, Managing Director, Tonkomo LLC
  • Henry Uyeme, Director of Products, Intrida
  • Mark Vreeke, Co-Founder, Chemical Angel Network
  • Sid White, Founding Member, Chemical Angel Network
  • Stephan Wolf, Evonik Venture Capital