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Panel & Deep Dive Roundtable Discussion: Emerging Models of Corporate Venture Funding

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Laila Partridge
STANLEY + Techstars Accelerator, Managing Director
David Horowitz
Touchdown Ventures, Founder and CEO

David is the Founder and CEO of Touchdown Ventures. Touchdown partners with leading corporations

to manage their venture capital funds. Current Touchdown partners include Kellogg, TEGNA, Allegion,

Avery Dennison, Colorcon, among many others. Prior to starting Touchdown Ventures, David was a

founding partner and Managing Director at Comcast Ventures for nearly 15 years. David joined Comcast

Ventures in 2000 as one of the first employees of the venture capital group. At Comcast Ventures, David

focused on investments in digital media, advertising technology, digital home, education and

financial technology. David also helped start and was a partner at Genacast Ventures, a seed stage

venture capital fund affiliated with Comcast Ventures. Prior to Comcast Ventures, David worked in

investment banking at Bear Stearns. David also started South Jersey Tech Collective, a networking group

of entrepreneurs and investors in South Jersey. David graduated with a Bachelor of Business

Administration with highest honors from the University of Michigan.

Dina Routhier
Stanley Ventures, Managing Director

With over 25 years investing in and acquiring technology companies, Dina is a Managing Director at Stanley Ventures based in Boston. She sources and leads investments in innovative early-stage companies that are strategically relevant to Stanley, Black & Decker.  Dina joined Stanley Ventures in 2017 from design software provider Autodesk’s corporate development and corporate venture capital unit where she led acquisitions and strategic investments.  She cut her teeth in venture capital at Boston-based VC firm Mass Ventures where she was an investing partner for 12 years.  Dina was honored to be among Global Corporate Venturing’s Top 100 Rising Stars in 2019, which represent the top 1% of the Corporate Venture Capital industry.

Engaging with innovation is challenging. How do you think about startups as investment opportunities, a source for new sales opportunities, and market insight into disruptive technologies and business models? This panel will explore the various ways in which to engage with the startup community with both internal and external resources.

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