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Conference to examine business ideas

Posted 03/22/03, by Susan Knapp

'Greener Ventures' is free to Dartmouth community

On Saturday, April 12, entrepreneurial experts will discuss ways to develop entrepreneurial ideas at Greener Ventures II, a daylong conference at Dartmouth focusing on the process of how research-based innovation is commercialized.

New Hampshire Governor and entrepreneur Craig Benson and more than 20 leaders in entrepreneurship and venture capital are scheduled to participate in Greener Ventures II. Dartmouth and Tuck alumna Sherri Oberg (D'82, T'86), president and CEO of Acusphere Inc., will be the keynote speaker. A successful industry example of the commercialization of innovation, Acusphere is a specialty pharmaceutical company that develops improved formulations of existing drugs and drug delivery systems using its proprietary drug delivery technology.

"Greener Ventures is a unique event for entrepreneurs," says Oberg. "Whether contemplating a business or seeking funding, it's a valuable opportunity to learn from experienced entrepreneurs and venture capitalists."

The conference is free to Dartmouth and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center faculty, students and staff, although online registration is required. Dartmouth alumni and individuals without a Dartmouth affiliation are charged $25 and $65, respectively, to participate. For the complete schedule, location information and to register, visit the Dartmouth Entrepreneurial Network website at

In addition to Oberg, more than 20 speakers are expected at Greener Ventures II, including:

  • Craig Benson, Governor of New Hampshire, co-founder, Cabletron Systems, and Trustee of Dartmouth College (ex-officio)
  • Paul Ferri DP'95, co-founder and Partner, Matrix Partners
  • Robert Fleming '79, co-founder and partner, Prism Venture Partners
  • David Mott '86 CEO, MedImmune
  • Terry McGuire TH'82, co-Founder and Managing General Partner, Polaris Ventures, Overseer of Thayer School
  • Lita Nelsen, Director of Technology Licensing, MIT
  • Executives from Cisco, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Pfizer, Sun and other leading technology firms

Greener Ventures II panels follow two tracks: one addressing general entrepreneurial issues and the other focusing on the issues facing academic researchers. Topics will include market validation, ethics issues, financing and overcoming challenges. Greener Ventures II will also include a networking lunch as well as a $5,000 business plan competition for Dartmouth-based startups. The deadline to enter this contest is April 1.

"Anyone in the Dartmouth community, especially those involved in academic research, who has thought about implementing an idea with commercial potential, should come to Greener Ventures II," says Gregg Fairbrothers '76, Director of the Dartmouth Entrepreneurial Network. "One of the best ways to learn about entrepreneurship is from Dartmouth alumni and friends who have actually done it."

Greener Ventures II is presented by Dartmouth College and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. The conference has been organized by the Tuck School of Business (Foster Center for Private Equity), the Dartmouth Medical School (Norris Cotton Cancer Center), the Thayer School of Engineering, and Dartmouth Entrepreneurial Network. Borealis Ventures and Advanced Technology Ventures are premiere sponsors of Greener Ventures II. Bain Capital Ventures is a core sponsor of the conference. Other sponsors include Cook, Little, Rosenblatt, and Manson, Michael Gonnerman, Inc., Hinckley Allen & Snyder, Ledyard National Bank, McDermott Will & Emery, and the New Hampshire Department of Resources & Economic Development.

Greener Ventures is part of a community-wide entrepreneurial ecosystem, which includes a program that helps people learn and implement entrepreneurship (Dartmouth Entrepreneurial Network); three local investor groups; a venture capital firm (Borealis Ventures); and a philanthropic program that works with startups. Efforts are also underway to develop a business incubator (Dartmouth Regional Technology Center).

- Susan Knapp

Greener Ventures

Saturday, April 12
Tuck School of Business
Free for faculty, staff and students of Dartmouth or DHMC
$25 for alumni
$65 for the public
Registration deadline 5 pm, April 11
To register, visit:

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