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Session 4: Start-ups & Faculty Funding

Date and Time: February 5, 2021 Time: 7:00 am – 8:30 amCourse Description: If you have an idea, concept or even prototype you may be asking the question “what now”? During this session we will discuss the importance of business models, early validation and building traction. We will hear from entrepreneurs that have done it, investors that are looking for it, and resource providers that are here to help.

Continuing Education Credit: VCU Health designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. VCU Health also designates this activity for a maximum of 1 ANCC contact hours. Physicians and nurses should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Educational Objectives:



7:00 a.m. Welcome Address L. Franklin Bost, MBA
7:05 a.m.Review of ProcessL. Franklin Bost, MBA
7:10 a.m.SpeakersNicole Monk
Ankit Mathur
Paul Node
8:00 a.m.Q&AModerated by L. Franklin Bost, MBA
8:20 a.m.Closing statementsL. Franklin Bost, MBA

Speakers and Bios

Nicole Monk, MBA [View Image]

Nicole Monk, MBA

VCU Ventures

Ms. Monk serves as the Director of VCU Ventures at Virginia Commonwealth University. Prior to her role at VCU, Ms. Monk served 2 years as Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for a U.S. based private equity firm, Virginia Life Science Investments. In this role, Ms. Monk evaluated a diverse range of technologies for potential investment and played an active role inside portfolio companies to ensure maximization of shareholder value. Ms. Monk has also served as Vice President of Virginia Biosciences Commercialization Center, a firm focused on developing commercialization strategies for later stage medical device companies. During her 5 years with the VBCC, she worked with multiple later-stage medical device companies leading or monitoring the development and implementation of commercialization strategies. These activities included strategic marketing, development of reimbursement and regulatory strategies, ongoing monitoring of product development, leading initial product sales and organization of distribution networks. Prior to her work with VLSI and VBCC, Ms. Monk spent 6 years with the Virginia Bio·Technology Research Park. During this time she served as Director of Marketing in the BioPark’s incubator facility which houses over 30 early-stage life science companies. Ms. Colomb received a BS in Biochemistry from the State University of New York at Fredonia and her MBA from Virginia Commonwealth University.

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Paul Nolde

Riverflow Growth Fund

Paul Nolde has almost two decades of experience in the banking, finance, and venture capital sectors, serving in multiple business development and management roles. As the Fund Manager and Managing Director of Riverflow Growth Fund, a seed-stage fund based in Richmond, VA, Paul is responsible for all aspects of fund management and investment-related functions. Prior to this he served as a director at NRV, another early stage venture capital firm also based in Richmond, VA, and before that he was the Small Business Capital Strategist for Virginia Community Capital, responsible for architecting the firm’s venture debt portfolio focusing on growth companies, social enterprises, and healthy foods. Prior to VCC he was managing director of a family office in Richmond, VA, preceded by sales and strategy positions at Wells Fargo, Union First Market Bank, Bank of America, and Wachovia.

He is an active participant in, and advocate for, Virginia’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, serving on the boards of several local and regional organizations, including the Activation Council, CAV Angels (of which he is president), The Launch Place Seed Fund, and SCORE. Additionally, Paul serves as an adjunct professor of impact investing in the Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at UVA.

He graduated from UVA in 2001 with a B.A. in Foreign Affairs, complimented by post-grad business studies through the McIntire School of Commerce Business Institute.

Ankit Mathur [View Image]

Ankit Mathur

Chief Technology Officer, RoundTrip

Ankit Mathur is the co-founder and Chief Technology Officer at Roundtrip – a company founded to remove transportation as a barrier to healthcare. Ankit is a three-time graduate from VCU and continues to engage with the VCU community to help support the future of education and innovation at VCU. As a technologist, Ankit has spent his entire career building and scaling digital products. In 2019, Ankit was the recipient of the Richmond UpRiver Founder of the Year award and was bestowed the honor of being named one of Richmond’s Top 40 Under 40 by Style Weekly in 2020. Most days you can find Ankit outside playing with his dogs and charming his fiancée. Unless it’s cold outside, in which case you’ll find him at home under a pile of blankets.

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