Exceptional students and researchers with backgrounds in Biology, Economics, Technology and the Arts
benefit from direct access to leading investors, advisors, partners
PALO ALTO, Calif. – April 22, 2015 – Artiman Ventures announced today members of its 2015 B.E.T.A. program. The program helps a group of promising researchers from diverse educational backgrounds get a head start on their careers by connecting them with Silicon Valley business leaders, investors, advisors and entrepreneurs.
“Silicon Valley needs diversity of thought and experience and this program is designed to provide valuable opportunities, resources and mentorship to a select group of individuals.” said Tim Wilson, managing director for Artiman.
B.E.T.A. stands for Biology, Economics, Technology and the Arts, and represents the four areas of expertise from which members are selected.
“We believe that disruptive innovation is invariably cross-disciplinary in nature,” said Ajit Singh, managing director at Artiman. “Large new markets are often created at the intersection of ideas that come from unrelated industries. This is the foundation of the B.E.T.A. program, now in its second year.”
The 2015 B.E.T.A. members are PhD candidates, postdoctoral researchers, and graduating seniors that collectively share a passion for ambitious projects that can potentially change the world.
“Artiman’s partners have spent the past 15 years doing regular intensive site visits to leading academic institutions around the country,” Wilson added, “and we’ve seen firsthand the need for a better bridge between academia and business.”
B.E.T.A. members get the opportunity to network, develop ideas, collaborate, and possibly turn their innovations into commercial successes.
They will begin their one-year term at Artiman Concepts 2015, on April 22, an annual event in Silicon Valley featuring top executives and Artiman portfolio companies, as well as a wide cross-section of entrepreneurs from across the globe.
This is followed by a members-only program involving meetings with startup founders, engineering leaders, and Artiman partners. Throughout the year, B.E.T.A. members also will be able to attend geographically- or topically-focused programs and will have access to Artiman and its network of entrepreneurs and partners.
B.E.T.A. members are nominated by leaders at academic research institutions and local incubation centers. The 2015 class is from Duke University, McGill University, Northeastern University, the University of Colorado, and the Universities of California at Irvine, Los Angeles and San Diego.
Artiman Ventures is an early stage venture firm investing in white space companies creating or disrupting multi-billion dollar markets. Based in Silicon Valley and Bangalore, Artiman works as an active partner with entrepreneurs, helping develop strategy, market definition and execution. Artiman has over $1 billion under management and was founded 15 years ago.