Venture Capital 101: Why Commercialization Is Important to University Research

Venture Capital 101: Why Commercialization Is Important to University Research

Thursday, August 28, 2014
3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
MEB 1150
*Light refreshments will be served.

Hosted by the Office of Technology Commercialization and Joseph Advisory Services, speakers will share the impact and importance of university research in the venture capital world. Attendees will learn about how their research can benefit from new initiatives within the OTC.

  • How does bio-med university research impact the nation?
  • What is the role of a “VC”?
  • What university research has been commercialized successfully?
  • How does the bio-med funding from a VC work?


Dr. Beto Pallares brings extensive domestic and international start-up experience as an entrepreneur and in conducting due diligence for both start-up and late stage companies. His professional experience spans working for top-tier strategy consulting firms, co-founding start-ups, international business development, non-profit management, venture capital and military service. In 2009, Dr. Pallares co-founded Cottonwood Capital Partners I. He serves on the board of six companies, is a board observer on four other companies developing products and services in the material sciences and IT sectors. He serves on several corporate and nonprofit boards. In addition to his venture activities, Dr. Pallares is a Kauffman Fellow and a Cross Sector Leadership Fellow at the Presidio Institute, an initiative of the Presidio Trust. Dr. Pallares graduated from Brandeis University, in Waltham, MA, with a degree in economics and received his MBA from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) and a Ph.D. in International Business from UTEP.


Rosalinda Natividad is the director of the Texas Tech University Office of Technology Commercialization – El Paso site. Natividad has worked in state investment, bio-tech deal flow and entrepreneurship for the last four years. She has worked in federal/foundation grant writing for fifteen years. Currently, she is also the director of the TransPecos/El Paso Regional Center for Innovation and Commercialization, a deal vetting arm for the State of Texas. Within her office, she works collaboratively to launch proof of concept and commercialization funds to bring university research to market. Her office works with several partnering entities to create new entrepreneurial programs to help entrepreneurs license university technology. Natividad is also founder and President of Incite Consultancy, a venture that accelerates the level of investment in national/international non-profits and social enterprises. In the last four years, Incite has secured $100M in grants and contracts for their client portfolio in over twelve states and created over 100 jobs. She sits on the board of several international non-profits and is a member of the Grant Professionals Association, the National Council of University Research Administrators and the Association for University Technology Managers. Natividad graduated from Texas Tech University, with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies and received her MPA with a focus on border health and financial management from the University of Texas at El Paso.