Examining the Innovative Ways That Early-Stage Tech Companies Are Accessing Capital, Commercializing Their Products and Growing Their Business


Tuesday, August 6, 2:45 – 3:45 p.m.
Exhibit Hall, Theater 2
Supported by Planet Innovation


While most companies focus their innovation on the technical R&D aspects of new product development, there are a growing number of early-stage tech companies exploring non-traditional paths to capital and commercialization for their products. During this workshop, we will unpack a series of actual case studies contrasting their stories and why they didn’t follow the traditional paths to money and market. The presentation will compare their various business models and funding sources including VCs, private equity, strategic partners and joint ventures. The panel will share their failures and successes that led to exits including IPO, acquisition and mergers.


Attendees will learn:

  1. Understand the winning strategies and potential pitfalls from several start-ups that secured capital from various sources.
  2. Contrast the unexpected benefits of different partnering models that tech companies are using to commercialize their products.
  3. Explore the varying innovative paths that a number of early-stage companies took to becoming a global company.


Sam Lanyon
Co-CEO and co-founder
Planet Innovation
Victoria, Australia


Anthony White
Vice President
Planet Innovation
Lake Forest, Illinois

Ben Bergo
Board Director
Lumos Diagnostics
Carlsbad, California

Gus Salem
Founding and Managing Partner
Eureka Life Science Consulting
San Francisco, California