Impact.tech Seminars

Since we started Impact.tech in 2015, we've been busy exploring all the ways in which we can have measurable impact. One of the biggest needs shared with us by fellow scientists, entrepreneurs and early stage investors was to close the knowledge gap and explore: (1) What are the immediate but overlooked business opportunities in various areas of impact; (2) What does it take to successfully commercialize impactful research; (3) What makes a good "impact tech" investment and how to decide on the timing? (4) What are the challenges unique to various areas of research?

Our deep-dive seminars are designed to give a quick overview of the state of science, costs of scaling, and players already in the field -- institutions, startups, investors, and corporates. Each seminar last 3 hours and are invite-only. We get a very curated group of 15-20 individuals with practical, near-term interest in the field. Anyone can apply through forms linked below.
Seminars have tiered pricing, allowing participants to pay according to their abilities. We charge between $25 - $85 which goes towards the costs of the seminar. 

See our current offering below and please join our newsletter to be informed about our future seminars.

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"THE SCIENCE OF AGING" BY MARTIN Borch Jensen

You will leave the seminar knowing:
What is aging? Is aging treatable? What are the major biological processes that make up aging? What are the major breakthroughs in anti-aging science?
And, most importantly, how can you get involved in anti-aging as an entrepreneur or investor.

We are gathering a new cohort for this seminar. Tell us here if you are interested in attending.  

 
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"THE Arrival OF QUANTUM COMPUTING" By Will Zeng

The seminar will be taught by Will Zeng, a quantum theorist and Head of Quantum Cloud Services at Rigetti Computing, one of the leading quantum computing companies in the world. You will leave the seminar knowing: What is quantum physics and what is quantum computing?  Why are quantum computers (QC) so special compared to regular computers? What are the best applications of QC? What is quantum supremacy? What timelines can we expect for QC to fully come to market? What are the major directions in QC at the moment? What are the recent breakthroughs in the field? Who are the main actors in academia and industry working on QC? Who are some of the bigger players in the quantum computing space right now? What are the biggest unexplored or underexplored opportunities in QC? How you can get involved in QC as an entrepreneur or investor?

We are gathering a new cohort for this seminar. Tell us here if you're interested in attending. 

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“Self-care for entrepreneurs"

Self-care for entrepreneurs deep dive seminar is the first Impact.tech How-seminar. How-seminars focus on practices and behaviors entrepreneurs can utilize to improve their performance, remain resilient, and succeed at achieving the impact they want to have in the world. This seminar goes through the science, practices, and implications of self-care, and gives tools for entrepreneurs to manage their mental and physical well-being in the best possible way. Through discussion and experiential exercises, the seminar offers unique resources and effective practices to help you cultivate resilience, understand the signs of burnout and address the challenges of the entrepreneurial lifestyle.

We are gathering a new cohort for this seminar. Tell us here if you’re interested in attending.

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"Cellular agrIculture" BY Liz Specht

You will leave the seminar knowing:
What is cellular agriculture? What are the major breakthroughs in the field?
Who are the main actors in the academia and industry working in cellular ag? What are the commercialization and cost curves for "clean" products? What are the biggest opportunities? How you can get involved in cellular ag as an entrepreneur or investor?

We are gathering a new cohort for this seminar. Tell us here if you are interested in attending.

 
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“Clean Chemicals" BY Wojciech Osowiecki

In this seminar, we will start with a brief overview of forces shaping the chemical industry at large and a review of the 12 principles of green chemistry, especially the atom economy. We will then focus on the aspect of competitiveness, and how to use technological innovation and economy of scale to survive on the commodity-based market full of multibillion-dollar incumbents. You will leave the seminar knowing: What are clean chemicals? What has shaped and defined the chemical industry at large? Can the chemical industry, where the main players have not changed since World War 2, be actually disrupted? Why now may be a good time? Which companies are challenging the status quo right now? How can you get involved in clean chemicals as an investor or an entrepreneur?

The next cohort of this seminar will take place on Wednesday, December 12th. Tell us here if you’re interested in attending.

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"New Technologies in Plant-based Food" by Liz SpeCHT

We will discuss opportunities all across the product development pipeline - from genetic mapping to develop better plant protein crop strains, to novel protein isolation and functionalization methods, to mechanical processing and formulation to better replicate the structure and flavor of meat.

We are gathering a new cohort for this seminar. Tell us here if you're interested in attending. 

 
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“Introduction to Synthetic Biology” BY JOhn CUmbers

The seminar will give you an introduction to the world of biology, biotechnology and synthetic biology. We start with an input/output approach to biological systems, then explain where biological molecules come from and how they are formed, what they look like and how they perform such a wide variety of functions. You will learn how these very same properties of native cell function allow us to probe, manipulate, and modify cell function. With this core knowledge in hand, we’ll discuss state of the art industry applications, such as the ability of biological systems to produce a vast variety of chemicals including fuels, biomaterials, food and drugs and what modern methods are used for the manipulation of biological systems. We will discuss the start-up and industry landscape and review the latest technologies coming to market.

We are gathering a new cohort for this seminar. Tell us here if you’re interested in attending.