2023 Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium, part three: Technology and funding

Women's Entrepreneurship symposium part 3 -- technology and funding -- March 29, 2-4pm ET

In part three of the 2023 Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium series, we heard from women working in tech who have made an impact in the industry with their innovative thinking. Additionally, we learned how women are finding funding to bring their ideas to the commercial market. 

Panelists covered:

  • How their ideas impacted the tech we use today
  • Challenges in bringing new innovations to the market
  • Types of funding available and how to find it

Access recordings of individual program segments below.


(Subject to change. All times ET)

2-2:05 p.m. Welcome and overview

  • Sean Wilkerson, Innovation Outreach Specialist, Office of Innovation Outreach, USPTO

2:05-2:50 p.m. Women in tech
Listen to a discussion with women who are making an impact in tech and creating a path for others to follow.

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  • Dr. Andrea Armani, Ray Irani Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, University of Southern California
  • Dr. Lizy Kurian John, Professor and Truchard Foundation Chair in Engineering, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Dr. Belinda Pastrana, Chief Scientific/Technology Officer and Founder, Protein Dynamic Solutions, Inc.
  • Cristine Gollayan, Senior Manager, Global Information Security Department, Sony; Chair, STEM for Her (moderator)

2:50-2:55 p.m. Break

2:55-3:40 p.m. Funding women
Hear about funding challenges and opportunities for women.

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3:40-3:55 p.m. Thank you and wrap-up

  • Sean Wilkerson, Innovation Outreach Specialist, Office of Innovation Outreach, USPTO

Speaker biographies

(Provided by participants)


To see recordings of previous Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium events, visit the event series page and select the event you want to watch. 

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) offers inspirational and educational events, open to all, that feature innovators from a wide variety of backgrounds. Come learn about IP, innovation, and valuable resources available to independent inventors, small businesses, entrepreneurs, and underrepresented or underserved populations. Find out more on our Innovator events for everyone page

The Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium is presented by the Office of Innovation Outreach. For more information, please contact WES@uspto.gov.  

The content and opinions shared by our guest speakers during this program are not those of the USPTO, nor an endorsement of any persons, products, programs, or policies mentioned therein.

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This event is part of a series: Advancing Equity, Women's Entrepreneurship