Speaker: Helge Seetzen, CEO of TandemLaunch
Title: From Researcher to Entrepreneur: How to turn your invention into a startup
Helge Seetzen is a successful multi-media technology entrepreneur with deep experience in the university tech transfer space. He currently serves as the CEO of TandemLaunch – a unique venture fund that scouts, accelerates, and commercializes early-stage technologies from the world’s top universities in close partnership with major Consumer Electronic brands and world-class entrepreneurs.
Prior to TandemLaunch, Helge co-founded Sunnybrook Technologies and later BrightSide Technologies to commercialize display technologies developed at the University of British Columbia. BrightSide was successfully sold to Dolby Laboratories at high return to shareholders after receiving accolades such as the Best Buzz Award at the 2006 Consumer Electronics Show and a “Top 100 Technologies in 2006” rank by Popular Science Magazine. At Dolby he led all cross-functional development activities for Dolby’s first two consumer video products. In this capacity he built research and engineering departments in Canada and the US, and was closely involved in licensing negotiations with many major consumer electronics manufacturers.
Helge Seetzen has founded, funded and nurtured technology start-ups that have resulted in over 200M consumer electronics devices built around his technologies. This retelling charts his journey from student inventor, founder, corporate executive, to ultimate venture capitalist - with lessons for aspiring entrepreneurs along the way.