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Patti Glaza: The changing landscape of photonics funding

Investors have changed their approach, but opportunities and challenges still exist for entrepreneurs in photonics.

1 March 2013, SPIE Newsroom. DOI: 10.1117/2.3201302.01

Patricia (Patti) Glaza is a Principal at Arsenal Venture Partners. She balances her time between investment identification and evaluation, portfolio development, and helping support the entrepreneurial community.  She has spent over 20 years dedicated to the development, implementation and commercialization of advanced technologies. Glaza currently sits on boards for the Clean Coalition, The University of Michigan Wireless Integrated Microsystems Center, and the Clean Technology and Sustainable Industries Organization (CTSI), where she chairs the organization's annual defense and utility technology challenges.  

Prior to joining AVP, she served as a Founder and the Executive Director/CEO of CTSI.  She worked closely with government agencies including the Department of Defense and Department of Energy/ARPA-E, multinational corporations and utilities, and startups to identify and promote leading-edge technology solutions in energy, water, and overall sustainability.  

In addition to energy, Glaza has an extensive background in IT and nanotech.  She led Small Times, a global media group focused on micro, MEMS, and nanotechnology, and ran marketing and business development for HealthMedia, an Ann Arbor-based startup later sold to Johnson & Johnson.  She began her career as an IT/operations consultant and manager at Accenture.  Patti is a graduate of Michigan State University and received her MBA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.