Lecture on Venture Capital, November 20

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Venture Capital: Key Negotiating Points

Villanova University School of Law’s Center for Law, Entrepreneurship and Innovation will host a lecture on venture capital—the second event of its Financing Growth Business Lecture Series—on Thursday, Nov. 20 at 12 p.m. in Room 102. No registration is required.

Venture capital has fueled the growth of most of the top-performing technology companies in the United States and has created more than 11 million jobs. Three panelists from local venture capital firm, Safeguard Scientifics, will discuss the negotiation dynamics between venture capitalists and entrepreneurs that drive the terms and structure of VC financings of growing businesses. As one of the pioneering venture firms, Safeguard made early investments in companies like Comcast, QVC and Novell, and has completed more than 100 M&A transactions and more than 20 initial public offerings (IPOs).


  • Brian J. Sisko – COO, Executive Vice President and Managing Director: Sisko is Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President and Managing Director at Safeguard.  He has more than 25 years of experience working with start-up and growth-stage companies having served as an executive officer, investor, external legal counsel, internal counsel, and consultant. He received a B.S. from Bucknell University and a JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
  • Jason Acevedo – Corporate Counsel: Acevedo has been an Associate at Morgan Lewis & Bockius. He earned his JD from Villanova University School of Law and his MBA from Villanova University School of Commerce and Finance. Prior to law school, Mr. Acevedo worked as a listed block trading analyst at a financial service organization in New York. He received a BS from Arizona State University.
  • Seth Zuckerman – Senior Associate, Healthcare: Zuckerman is a Senior Associate in Healthcare at Safeguard.  Seth was formerly a Manager at Monitor Deloitte. He holds a BA and MBA from Columbia University.