FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | November 07, 2017

Entrepreneur Summit for chemists and other innovators will feature ‘Shark Tank’ host

WASHINGTON, Nov. 7, 2017 — Famed entrepreneur Robert Herjavec, one of the hosts of ABC TV’s “Shark Tank” program, will be a keynote speaker at the upcoming American Chemical Society (ACS) Entrepreneur Summit. The event will be held in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 15-16 during Global Entrepreneurship Week. It is designed to connect startups and small businesses in chemical sciences with investors and corporate partners.

Specifically, the summit will offer the following:

  • Opportunities to network with entrepreneurs, private investors and corporate innovators;
  • Insights into interests, trends, opportunities and challenges in chemical entrepreneurship;
  • Practical advice and information for chemistry-based startups and small businesses;
  • New approaches to value proposition, business case

development, customer development, and the operational challenges that arise in the launch of new businesses.

In addition to Herjavec — whose appearance is being sponsored by P&G — speakers will include David Bem, Ph.D., chief technology officer and vice president for science and technology at PPG Industries; Thomas Connelly Jr., Ph.D., executive director and CEO of ACS; Kate Dewey, president of The Forbes Funds; Sanna Gaspard, Ph.D., founder and CEO of Rubitection Inc.; Katherine Gibson, chief innovation officer in ACS’ CAS division; Mark Kline, Ph.D., co-founder and chief technology officer of X-Therma Inc.; Tony Stanco, executive director of the National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer; and many others.

Other sponsors for the ACS Entrepreneur Summit include Dow, Mitsui Chemicals, PPG, Covestro, Thompson Coburn, TOK and Wiley Rein.

The event will be held at the National Education Association building at 1201 16th St NW, Washington, D.C.

Free registration is available for a limited number of reporters on a first-come, first-served basis. Reporters who would like to attend should contact Sophie Rovner at or 202-872-4384.

The American Chemical Society, the world’s largest scientific society, is a not-for-profit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. ACS is a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related information and research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences. ACS does not conduct research, but publishes and publicizes peer-reviewed scientific studies. Its main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.

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