August 4 - 6, 2020



Agenda

Eastern Daylight Time

Tuesday, August 4th – OPENING DAY – VENTURE SUMMIT

12:50 PM CHECK IN
1:00 PM PANEL:
FoF – RAISING FUNDING FROM FUND OF FUNDS
An esteemed roster of fund of fund managers discuss the climate of investing in early stage funds and direct investments in startups
One on One Meetings
SLIDE DECKS: DO THEY COMMUNICATE THE OPPORTUNITY?
There are a lot of amazing resources and examples of winning slide decks available to entrepreneurs and no shortage of people who claim to know how to create a “winning” pitch deck. The truth is, there is no “winning formula”. Every winning deck is different because every winning venture is unique. There are, however, a number of common themes, strategies and structural elements that will help you not just present your opportunity, but construct a compelling story that will improve your chances of success.

This workshop will talk about what you need to be aware of to create a deck that communicates your opportunity effectively to investors. Time permitting, we’ll also walk through the dissection of an actual deck and review some of the common missteps entrepreneurs often encounter.
  • Tom Bennett
    Pitch Coach & Startup Advisor
    Arctaris Capital

One on One Meetings
1:50 PM VENTURE BOOTCAMP SESSION I

VENTURE BOOTCAMP: GROW, SCALE & EXIT IN 24-36 MONTHS – PART I

The importance of strategic business planning for startups and entrepreneurs should never be overlooked. A good idea with hard work is not enough to compete in today’s hyper-competitive landscape. Instead, entrepreneurs must have the foresight to plan for the future and account for every stage of the Startup Maturity Lifecycle. Whether you are just starting your business or you have been at it for a few years, this workshop will help you build a plan for:

1. Raising money
2. Updating investors
3. Managing operations 

In this workshop you will learn a step-by-step process for planning your business and identifying your true growth potential. Attendees will be working within proprietary BOSS templates and worksheets to guide them through each stage of the Startup Maturity Lifecycle (Inception, Cleanup/Turnaround, Growth, Scale, Exit). The finished product is an Operating Plan to help you manage your business and catapult you to a successful exit.

At the completion of this workshop, each attended will be able to:

1. Describe their businesses North Star (mission, vision, values, Ideal Customer Profile
and Ideal Buyer Profile)
2. Identify their unique competitive advantage
3. Identify their Ideal Buyer Profile in preparation for an exit
One on One Meetings
2:30 PM VENTURE BOOTCAMP SESSION II

BUILD A BETTER TEAM

Developing a strategic recruiting infrastructure will help you build a better team and avoid making those mistakes that turn off the very talent you seek. When you have the right fit, you experience increased profitability, performance and productivity – the three essentials to any successful business. Attracting that kind of talent requires taking a close look at your company culture, recruiting tactics and hiring process.
One on One Meetings
A VIEW INTO ISRAEL’S STARTUP ECOSYSTEM One on One Meetings
3:30 PM WORKSHOP / ELEVATOR PITCH SESSION One on One Meetings
4:10 PM ADJOURNMENT

Wednesday, August 5th – VENTURE SUMMIT

9:00 AM FEATURED KEYNOTE
Scaling up: The Path from Startup to Market Leader
One on One Meetings
One on One Meetings
9:45 AM OPENING REMARKS

10:00 AM PANEL:
POST COVID: WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE VENTURE INDUSTRY?

Venture Capital thought leaders debate the challenges and opportunities facing Investors and Entrepreneurs
10:50 AM BREAK
11:00 AM COMPANY PRESENTATIONS – ROUND I
12:10 PM NETWORKING SESSIONS One on One Meetings
12:40 PM COMPANY PRESENTATIONS – ROUND II
2:00 PM CLOUD 9: FLYING HIGH WITH ANGEL INVESTORS
Info & insights from active Angel investors with wings.
One on One Meetings
2:50 PM CONCURRENT PANELS:
FROM STARTUP TO IPO
Venture Capital thought leaders discuss the opportunities and challenges of taking your company public in this climate.
One on One Meetings
ENERGIZING INVESTMENTS IN CLEAN-TECH DEALS
This session will discuss the trends in the financial markets and the future of venture capital investment in clean-tech.
3:40 PM CONCURRENT PANELS:
THE ART OF NEGOTIATING A WIN-WIN TERM SHEET
Entrepreneurs who don’t prepare well for term-sheet negotiations may find themselves locked into an uncomfortable relationship with their VC for years to come. Whether you’re looking for a first round or follow-on funding, attend this panel to learn what you should know about negotiating term sheets.
BANKING ON FINTECH INNOVATION
Join top-tier VCs to discuss the rise of fintech, the integration of groundbreaking technologies within financial services, and the future of digital finance.
One on One Meetings
4:30 PM VENTURE WORKSHOP

NON-DILUTIVE R&D FUNDING FOR STARTUPS

Sponsored by National Science Foundation

America’s Seed Fund powered by the National Science Foundation (NSF) awards more than $200 million annually to startups and small businesses, transforming scientific discovery into products and services with commercial and societal impact. Startups working across virtually every discipline of science and technology can receive up to $1.75 million to support research and development (R&D), helping de-risk technology for commercial success. America’s Seed Fund is congressionally mandated through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. The NSF is an independent federal agency with a budget of about $8.3 billion that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering.

For more information, visit seedfund.nsf.gov.
5:15 PM GROW, SCALE & EXIT IN 24-36 MONTHS – PART II
The importance of strategic business planning for startups and entrepreneurs should never be overlooked. A good idea with hard work is not enough to compete in today’s hyper-competitive landscape. Instead, entrepreneurs must have the foresight to plan for the future and account for every stage of the Startup Maturity Lifecycle. Whether you are just starting your business or you have been at it for a few years, this workshop will help you build a plan for:

1. Raising money
2. Updating investors
3. Managing operations 

In this workshop you will learn a step-by-step process for planning your business and identifying your true growth potential. Attendees will be working within proprietary BOSS templates and worksheets to guide them through each stage of the Startup Maturity Lifecycle (Inception, Cleanup/Turnaround, Growth, Scale, Exit). The finished product is an Operating Plan to help you manage your business and catapult you to a successful exit.

At the completion of this workshop, each attended will be able to:

1. Describe their businesses North Star (mission, vision, values, Ideal Customer Profile
and Ideal Buyer Profile)
2. Identify their unique competitive advantage
3. Identify their Ideal Buyer Profile in preparation for an exit
One on One Meetings
5:30 PM ADJOURNMENT

Thursday, August 6th – VENTURE SUMMIT

9:00 AM OPPORTUNITIES FOR STARTUPS AND INVESTORS IN EUROPE:
Hosted by Invest in Bavaria

Opportunities for startups and investors in Europe: 

Hear from one of the world’s top location strategy experts and a globally-investing, Munich-based tech VC, on why Europe should be part of your international strategy. Learn how Germany has become the shining star of our post-pandemic world, learn why it is rated as the top investment location globally, and walk away with knowledge of the region’s opportunities for startups and VCs.
One on One Meetings
9:45 AM WELCOME REMARKS
10:00 AM FUNDABLE DEALS: MAKING VCs SIT UP AND TAKE NOTICE
Ideas are all well and good, but in order to attract capital they will need to be packaged and presented in a way that will entice investors and of course a SOLID business model. This panel will discuss the skills required to make a highly effective pitch that will attract potential financiers and the types of deals investors want.

One on One Meetings
10:50 AM BREAK
11:00 AM COMPANY PRESENTATIONS – ROUND III
12:10 PM NETWORKING SESSIONS One on One Meetings
12:40 PM COMPANY PRESENTATIONS – ROUND IV
2:00 PM CORPORATE VENTURE FUNDING: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
With a new flowering of startup innovation, many giants of industry have decided to enter or re-enter the world of VC. This session will explore the value-added investment approach of Corporate VCs and how it yields important dividends that are “beyond the bottom line,” both for the investor and for the startup.
One on One Meetings
3:00 PM CONCURRENT PANELS:
LIFE SCIENCES & HEALTHCARE VC CHECKUP
VCs compare and contrast the growth of seemingly healthy companies. What did these companies do right? Where did they go wrong? Which one would be considered a healthier investment and why? Does your company measure up? What healthy habits will make your company a more desirable investment? Find out if you pass the VC health checkup.

WHERE’S THE EXIT
It’s the goal, and the challenge, of every venture capitalist: a successful exit from an investment. Panelists will cover early-stage planning, exit strategies and corresponding values, picking the right advisers and managing expectations.

One on One Meetings
3:50 PM STARTUP / VENTURE BOOTCAMP WORKSHOPS

MEET THE NEGOTIATORS

Hosted by: McCarter & English LLP

An incredible session providing a rare look at how VC and Company Counsel Battle It Out for Best Deal Terms
  • Panelists:
  • Nick Adams
    Co-founder and Managing Partner
    Differential Ventures

  • Herb Moore
    Special Counsel
    McCarter & English, LLP

  • Jarrid Tingle
    Co-founder and Managing Partner
    Harlem Capital Partners

  • Matt Uretsky
    Partner
    McCarter & English, LLP

5:00 PM PREPARING A FORECAST: OPTIMISM VS. REALITY One on One Meetings
5:45 PM BEST PRESENTERS ANNOUNCED / CLOSING REMARKS
6:00 PM ADJOURNMENT

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