Small Business and Entrepreneur Committee Event

March 14, 2016

Lincoln S. Essig
Knobbe Martens

Lincoln S. Essig is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Knobbe Martens, where he focuses on developing and executing worldwide patent protection strategies for a wide variety of clients - from startups to multi-national corporations. Essig has extensive experience in the fields of medical devices and diagnostics, health IT, telecommunications, semiconductors, data storage and backup, and consumer electronics. In addition, Essig frequently advises clients on clearance matters as well as responding to and conducting IP due diligence in investment and acquisition contexts.

Jennifer O'Daniel
Investment Director

Jennifer O'Daniel joined CIT GAP Funds in 2003, and is responsible for sourcing and closing of seed and early-stage investments while practicing due dilligence. As part of the investment team, O'Daniel has been part of transactions in more than 60 seed and early-stage companies via CIT GAP Funds, which has been recognized by Entrepreneur Magazine's Annual VC100 list since 2006.

O'Daniel currently sits on the board of directors for The Richmond Venture Forum, Roanoke/Blacksburg Technology Council, the board of advisors for Foster.ly, is a mentor for Founder's Institute and the Fort accelerator, and has previously served on the boards of Leadership Fairfax, Northern Virginia Therapeutic Riding Program, Virginia Tech Business Technology Center, MIT Enterprise Forum, and William and Mary's Technology and Business Center. Prior to joining CIT, O'Daniel worked with the Business/Technology Center in Blacksburg, Virginia, spinning-out technology companies from Virginia Tech, writing SBIR Proposals and helping companies raise angel and venture capital. O'Daniel also worked as a financial consultant for SVIT Holding Company in Maribor, Slovenia. O'Daniel also worked at two startups while at Virginia Tech. O'Daniel holds Bachelor of Science in business information technology and a Bachelor of Science in management from Virginia Tech.

Ted Rigway
Kit Check Inc.

Ted Ridgway is the COO and CFO of Kit Check Inc., the leader in hospital pharmacy kit processing and medication tracking software. RIdgway started his career as an investment banker for Salomon Brothers, Volpe Brown Whelan and Credit Suisse First Boston and has served as CFO, COO and general manager at several companies including Radisys, Impact Displays and Credit.com. During his career, Ridgway has managed more than 50 IPOs, 30 M&A Transactions and 20 private capital raises. He earned his MBA from UCLA and his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill where he was a Morehead Scholar. He is a member of the Institute of Management Accountants.