Fireside Chat with Deborah Zajac, Director @ Touchdown Ventures.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021, 9:45 – 11:00 PM UTC

Join us for a discussion on Funding and get an insight into funding via Corporate Venture Capital.

Fireside Chat

About this event

We are delighted to host Deborah Zajac from Touchdown Ventures for our April-May event on the 11th of May (Tuesday) at 5.45 PM.

April is Funding Month at Startup Grind and May is Women's Month, so we have the perfect guest for our April-May event. So everyone in the community, please join us for a fireside chat with Deborah Zajac, Director @ Touchdown Ventures, and get an insight into funding via Corporate Venture Capital. You can learn about many aspects of funding

Deborah has over 15 years of experience in investment, innovation, and development in healthcare, IoT, consumer, industrials, retail, mobile, energy, and frontier tech. Prior to Touchdown, Deborah had a senior leadership role at GE Ventures, where she crafted partnerships to develop novel products and businesses globally. Deborah began her career as a management consultant at Andersen.

Deborah received an MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business and BS in Finance and a BA in Asian Studies from Lehigh University, where she was an Iacocca and Trustee Scholar. Deborah served two terms as a Trustee of Lehigh University, founding Advisor for Lehigh’s Baker Center for Entrepreneurship, Creativity, and Innovation, and an Exec-In-Residence at Columbia University’s Tech Ventures

As you can see, Deborah has extensive expertise in the VC space, with experience working on many new startups across a wide range of industries. You can get valuable insight from her on all aspects of getting funded, and on startups in general. So get ready with your questions on startups, funding, corporate ventures, healthcare, IoT, consumer, industrials, retail, mobile, energy, frontier tech, travel, and anything under the sun.

What can we learn from Deborah?

• What do investors look for in a startup?

• What homework do startups need to do before they approach investors.

• Know about VC and Corporate Venture Capital, and the differences.

• Different ways to get funded.

• The startup segments that excites investors, and much more..

• This will be a great session for students in the community as well to see how you can build a career from corporations into investing.

We hope to see you all at the event. It is a virtual event and is free. We also hope to have our first in-person event early in the summer. There will be some exciting new announcements for the startup community as well, so do join in to listen and ask questions !!!

Check out what happened



Tuesday, May 11, 2021
9:45 PM – 11:00 PM UTC


9:45 PMWelcome and Networking
10:00 PMFireside Chat
10:45 PMQ&A
11:00 PMUpdate on Idea Pitch Event
11:15 PMWrap-up


  • Jyothish Rajan

    Startup Grind (Connecticut Chapter)

    Chapter Director

  • Emily Burnaman

    Snyder Group

    Community Manager