Eric Steager

Managing Director Strategic Innovation Portfolio; Director; Corporate Development & Innovation @ Independence Blue Cross

Mr. Steager is a Managing Director, Strategic Innovation Portfolio and Director of Corporate Development & Innovation for Independence Blue Cross, focused on the identification, analysis and execution of strategic equity investments, as well as mergers and acquisitions. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Finance and Entrepreneurship at Drexel University.

Prior to joining IBC, he spent several years at both a private investment firm focused on venture capital and private equity investments, and Safeguard Scientifics, a publicly traded venture capital firm. Prior to Safeguard, Mr. Steager’s career included founding a private investment fund focused on acquiring middle market manufacturing companies in the Midwestern United States, and healthcare investment banking at Houlihan Lokey and Ernst & Young.

Mr. Steager holds an MBA with honors from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business and a bachelor’s degree from Drexel University.

Attracting Investment Capital – Panelist

Technology companies face many challenges to their growth and success.  Chief among these challenges is the ability to attract investment capital.  This panel explores the current financing environment for technology companies and will seek to offer insights into how to successfully attract investment capital as well as the deal metrics and terms being sought and achieved in this environment.  This panel will also address what technologies are finding favor with investors today, and what appears to be viable and sustainable as we look into the future.  The panel members represent some of this region’s most successful institutional investors who have successful track records and experience investing in companies in both good and challenging times.  Whether you are heading a technology company, considering investing in one, or advising such a company, this panel discussion
will be an important event for you.