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Steve Socolof moderated a cleantech panel for the NJ EDA, including Eric Breese of Evonik, Keryl Cosenzo of Siemens, Doug Kushnerik of ExxonMobil, and Keally DeWitt of GAF Energy.

Steve Socolof moderated a NJ EDA Roundtable: New Jersey’s Clean Tech Innovation Ecosystem: What Role Should Big Corporates Play on December 5, 2019.  Many important technological advances in cleantech have been the work of startup companies and research universities. Large, well established companies also play a very substantial—if less well publicized—role as innovators in the field. The roundtable explored the cleantech contributions global companies are making here in New Jersey, and ways in which they may be able to play an even larger role in the state’s cleantech innovation ecosystem.  Panel included Keally DeWitt, Sr. Director, Marketing and Public Policy, GAF Energy (Parsippany), Eric Breese, Venture Capital Investment Director, Evonik Inc. (Parsippany), Doug Kushnerick, Sr. Scientific Advisor, ExxonMobil Research (Clinton and Paulsboro), and Keryl Cosenzo, Head, Government Research Programs, Siemens Corporate Technology (Princeton)

Moderator: Steve Socolof, Managing Partner, Tech Council Ventures, and Founding Head of Lucent Technologies New Ventures Group

Stephen Socolof on stage with LP Lutz Stoeber of Evonik

Stephen Socolof on stage with LP Lutz Stoeber of Evonik talking about strategic partnering at the Global Corporate Venturing Synergize event in New York City on September 25, 2019.


Are you in the next group of founders who will change the status quo in consumer, healthcare, and technology? If yes, Tech Council Ventures wants to meet you!

Apply to meet with Partner, Mark Kolb, in Office Hours on February 21st at 1:00 PM EST.  Sessions are 15-minute meetings to pitch, ask questions, and learn about fundraising. Click here to apply. 

2023 TiE NJ Annual Gala and Awards Night

Saturday, Feb 25 | 5:00  to  9:30 PM

The Historic Mansion at Natirar, 400 Natirar Drive, Peapack-Gladstone, NJ 07977


Join us as we celebrate and honor a true pioneer Indian American Founder/CEO. Mr. Frank D’Souza, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of RECOGNIZE and Co-Founder and Former CEO of Cognizant Technology Solutions, with our inaugural Excelsior Award for Lifetime Achievement and Contribution to Entrepreneurship.

The evening will include a formal cocktail reception followed by a conversation between Frank D’Souza, with TiE-NJ Board member Prof. Suresh U. Kumar, covering a wide range of topics, including Life, Luck, and Leadership. The event will also feature the presentation of the Excelsior award, chapter updates, and entertainment. The evening will conclude with networking over Dinner & Desserts. The event will be held at the upscale and historic Mansion at Natirar, once owned by King Hussain of Jordan.

March 10-19, 2023

The SXSW® Conference & Festivals celebrate the tech, film, and music convergence. Located deep in the heart of Austin, Texas, and online, SXSW is the premier destination for discovery.


Catch Managing Partner Jim Gunton, who’s attending.

March 15-16, 2023

The world’s premier gathering of the corporate venturing ecosystem.

Learn more at https://web.cvent.com/event/8b87cbd7-ee1a-49d0-98c2-0a338eabe2bd/summary


Catch Managing Partner Stephen Socolof, who’s attending.

The NJEDA organizes NJ Founders & Funders to facilitate warm introductions between innovative emerging New Jersey companies and sophisticated angel & institutional investors. The mission is to help grow the innovation ecosystem. Hosted twice yearly, venture capital investors are invited to meet with a pre-determined group of companies for 10-minute, one-on-one sessions to discuss strategy, business models, and funding opportunities.


To register and learn more, visit https://www.njeda.com/founders-and-funders/ 

Carnegie Mellon’s Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation is leading the nation in facilitating discussion and driving action towards decarbonizing our energy economy. As its flagship event, CMU Energy Week brings energy and sustainability leaders, including scholars, investors, and entrepreneurs, from across the nation to Carnegie Mellon University to combine forces and exchange ideas on the world’s most pressing issues in energy.


Join Steve Socolof and other energy experts, key influencers, students, corporate executives, and entrepreneurs from business, government, media, non-governmental organizations and academia for a week of learning, networking and innovation. 



Visit https://www.cmu.edu/energy-week/index.html to register and learn more.

Join Partner Mark Kolb at ViVE, the industry’s curated event experience for senior digital health leaders focusing on the business of healthcare systems.

March 26-29, 2023  |  Nashville, TN  |  Music City Center

Tech Council Ventures is delighted to provide support and share insights during these sessions.

Founders, entrepreneurs… What can we do for you other than money? Let us know! We’d love to hear from you.


Apply to meet with Managing Partner Steve Socolof in Office Hours on March 28 at 1:00 PM EST.  Sessions are 15-minute meetings to pitch, ask questions, and learn about fundraising. Click here to apply. 

BioNJ’s BioPartnering Conference will bring together over 500 life sciences executives, investors, academic collaborators, and business development professionals for networking, a week of 1-1 partnering, company and start-up pitch presentations, exhibits, and plenary sessions.

  • In-Person: Tuesday, April 18 • 7:30 a.m.-5:45 p.m.
  • The Palace at Somerset Park, Somerset, NJ 08873
  • Virtual Partnering: Monday, April 17 & Wednesday-Friday, April 19-21


Register and visit www.BioNJ.org for more information.

Questions: Please get in touch with Pavita Howe at [email protected]. 

For Sponsorship and Exhibit opportunities, contact Cheri Hennessy at [email protected]. 

Join innovation thought leaders at The Logan Philadelphia May 22-25, 2023.

The 2023 IRI Annual Conference will explore the future of innovation through the lens of supply chain, Industry 4.0, sustainability, portfolio management, digital workforces, and more. This event will share emerging trends, technologies, and toolkits to help leader drive a successful organization.


Managing Partner Steve Socolof is attending.


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