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TEDxConnecticutCollege- Skyler Fernandes- Innovating the Funding of Innovation

J. Skyler Fernandes is a venture capitalist at Centripetal CapitalPartners, an early stage venture fund with an innovative investmentstructure, and invests across industry sectors, such as internet,telecom, energy, nano-technology, and healthcare. Mr. Fernandes leadsa number of global initiatives, including the Missing MiddleInitiative, launched at the World Economic Forum in Davos, focused oncreating funds that invest $100K-$3M, a critical financing gap forearly-mid stage businesses globally. Mr. Fernandes is a serialentrepreneur, co-founding several internet companies and advises anumber of startups. Additionally, Mr. Fernandes serves as COO of theSouth African Chamber of Commerce in America (SACCA), where he focuseson facilitating trans-Atlantic business opportunities between theUnited Stated and South Africa. Mr. Fernandes is a frequent speakeron the topics of global entrepreneurship and venture capital at suchvenues as Harvard Business School, New York University, WhartonBusiness School, Wits Business School, The United Nations, The NewYork Stock Exchange (NYSE) and other investment forums. He graduateda year early from New York University summa cum laude, due tocoursework at Harvard University where he studied Quantum Physics andForeign Policy.In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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