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Vanessa Chan

University of Pennsylvania - Materials Science & Engineering

Professor Helping Technology Innovation and Other Entrepreneurs at The University of Pennsylvania, Entrepreneur, Investor and Ex-McKinsey Partner

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Pitch to Vanessa for $100

Associated With

  • Private Investors
  • Advisers
  • Influencers
  • Small and Medium Business
  • Venture Capital
  • Private Equity
  • Large Enterprise
  • Academics

Startup Verticals

  • 3D printing
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Agtech
  • Artificial intelligence and Machine Learning
  • Big data
  • Beauty
  • B2B Payments
  • Autonomous cars
  • Augmented Reality
  • Audiotech
  • Cleantech
  • Construction technology
  • Cybersecurity
  • Ecommerce
  • Edtech
  • Cryptocurrency/Blockchain
  • Ephemeral content
  • Fintech
  • Foodtech
  • Gaming
  • Healthtech
  • HR Tech
  • Life sciences
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Infrastructure
  • Industrials
  • Impact investing
  • LOHAS and wellness
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing tech
  • Mobile
  • Mobile Commerce
  • Mortgage Tech
  • Real Estate Technology
  • Pet Technology
  • Oncology
  • Oil and Gas
  • Nanotechnology
  • Restaurant Technology
  • Ridesharing
  • Robotics and drones
  • SaaS (software as a service)
  • Virtual reality
  • Wearables and quantified self
  • Space Technology
  • TMT (Technology, media and telecommunications)

Traditional Industries

  • Commodity Chemicals
  • Diversified Chemicals
  • Fertilizers & Agricultural Chemicals
  • Industrial Gases
  • Aluminum
  • Paper Packaging
  • Steel
  • Silver
  • Precious Metals & Minerals
  • Metal & Glass Containers
  • Construction Materials
  • Specialty Chemicals
  • Diversified Metals & Mining
  • Forest Products
  • Paper Products
  • Copper
  • Gold
  • Oil & Gas Equipment & Services
  • Oil & Gas Drilling
  • Oil & Gas Exploration & Production
  • Aerospace & Defense
  • Building Products
  • Construction & Engineering
  • Electrical Components & Equipment
  • Industrial Conglomerates
  • Heavy Electrical Equipment
  • Agricultural & Farm Machinery
  • Industrial Machinery
  • Commercial Printing
  • Office Services & Supplies
  • Environmental & Facilities Services
  • Security & Alarm Services
  • Human Resource & Employment Services
  • Research & Consulting Services
  • Airport Services
  • Airlines
  • Auto Parts & Equipment
  • Tires & Rubber
  • Automobile Manufacturers
  • Motorcycle Manufacturers
  • Household Appliances
  • Home Furnishings
  • Consumer Electronics
  • Homebuilding
  • Housewares & Specialties
  • Leisure Products
  • Apparel, Accessories & Luxury Goods
  • Footwear
  • Textiles
  • Education Services
  • Restaurants
  • Leisure Facilities
  • Hotels, Resorts & Cruise Lines
  • Casinos & Gaming
  • Specialized Consumer Services
  • Distributors
  • Internet & Direct Marketing Retail
  • Department Stores
  • Home Improvement Retail
  • Computer & Electronics Retail
  • Homefurnishing Retail
  • Automotive Retail
  • Specialty Stores
  • General Merchandise Stores
  • Apparel Retail
  • Drug Retail
  • Food Distributors
  • Food Retail
  • Brewers
  • Hypermarkets & Super Centers
  • Packaged Foods & Meats
  • Agricultural Products
  • Soft Drinks
  • Distillers & Vintners
  • Household Products
  • Personal Products
  • Health Care Equipment
  • Health Care Facilities
  • Managed Health Care
  • Health Care Technology
  • Biotechnology
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Health Care Supplies
  • Health Care Services
  • Life Sciences Tools & Services
  • Consumer Finance
  • Other Diversified Financial Services
  • Mortgage REITs
  • Private Equity
  • Technology Hardware, Storage & Peripherals
  • Semiconductor Equipment
  • Semiconductors
  • Electronic Components
  • Electronic Manufacturing Services
  • Movies & Entertainment
  • Publishing
  • Broadcasting
  • Advertising
  • Interactive Home Entertainment
  • Interactive Media & Services
  • Renewable Electricity

Sustainable Development Goals

  • Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  • Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • Partnerships to achieve the Goal
  • Affordable and Clean Energy
  • Life on Land
  • Clean Water and Sanitation
  • Life Below Water
  • Gender Equality
  • Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • Good Health and Well-being
  • Responsible Consumption and Production
  • Quality Education
  • Climate Action
  • Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • Reduced Inequality
  • No Poverty
  • Zero Hunger

About

Dr. Vanessa Z Chan is a professor, maker, angel investor and working parent in a dual career family that is making it work. She is a leading thinker in innovation & entrepreneurship having spent 20+ years at the interface of technology and business. As the inaugural Jonathan and Linda Brassington Professor of Practice at the University of Pennsylvania, the Undergraduate Chair of Materials Science & Engineering and a member of the Executive Committee for Penn Health Tech, she is transforming how engineers are educated by bringing real world skills into the curriculum and building a growth mindset in her students. Prior to Penn she was at McKinsey & Company, where she was the first woman elected partner in the NA Chemicals Practice. As a partner she co-led their innovation practice and helped corporations with deep R&D portfolios commercialize their technologies and acquire start-ups for their portfolio. She was a founding member of United Technology Corporation's Innovation Business Development Advisory Council and is on various boards including Vanguard's Venture Board. She currently is also a partner at Robin Hood Ventures, an angel investment group where she invests in and mentors startups. She was inspired to become an angel investor when she launched her own company, Redesign Studio and brought her invention loopit to market. You can learn more about her hopes for the next generation, in her Commencement Speech to Penn Engineers at www.failingislikefarting.com. She has a Ph.D. from MIT and a B.S.E. from the University of Pennsylvania.

What I look for

Anyone who has a creative idea. I've seen hundreds of companies through my two decades at the interface of technology and business. From my McKinsey & Company days and beyond, I have an extensive network of people that I can connect founders to. As an example, I founded in Summer of 2020, Kinetic Creators (www.kinetic-creators.com) which is a pre-accelerator for students whose internships were taken away. For that effort, mobilized 50+ C-suite executives and Founders to support our Creators.

What I Provide

  • Investment
  • Referrals & Introductions

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