Agenda

Eastern Standard Time

Tuesday, November 17th – VENTURE SUMMIT \ VIRTUAL CONNECT

2:15 PM THE EUROPEAN VENTURE CAPITAL LANDSCAPE
Hear from a distinguished panel of European VCs on trends they’re seeing and what it takes to get them to write a check.
3:00 PM WORKSHOP:

Fundraising Strategies that Make Investors Love You

How do you raise venture capital money on your own terms? Starting a business is fun, growing it is rewarding, but committing to hyper-growth often requires outside capital. What are early stage investors looking for? In the end, it’s all about exit and your ability to generate superior returns.

Silicon Valley venture capitalist and tech visionary SC Moatti shares best practices that align your fundraising strategy to your desired exit and make every investor love you and want to invest in you. 
Silicon Valley venture capitalist and tech visionary SC Moatti shares best practices that align your fundraising strategy to your desired exit and make every investor love you and want to invest in you. 
One on One Meetings
4:00 PM VENTURE PANEL:

EMPOWERING FEMALE FOUNDERS

It’s no secret that funding for female founders lag behind that of their male counterparts. A distinguished lineup of Female funders discuss the problems and how female founders can increase their chances of getting funded.
One on One Meetings
4:50 PM STARTUP BOOTCAMP SESSION

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.
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
5:30 PM ADJOURNMENT

Wednesday, November 18th – VENTURE SUMMIT \ VIRTUAL CONNECT

9:30 AM CHECK IN One on One Meetings
10:15 AM OPENING REMARKS

10:30 AM THE EVOLUTION OF EARLY STAGE VENTURE FUNDING
Sit in as a panel of Venture thought leaders discuss and debate the challenges and opportunities facing early venture firms, Angel Investors and Entrepreneurs as they forward to 2021.
11:20 AM BREAK
11:30 AM COMPANY PRESENTATIONS – ROUND I
12:40 PM NETWORKING SESSIONS One on One Meetings
1:30 PM COMPANY PRESENTATIONS – ROUND II
2:50 PM BREAK  
3:00 PM RAISING SEED STAGE MONEY – INFO & INSIGHTS FROM SEASONED INVESTORS
Info & insights from active Angel investors with wings
 
4:00 PM CONCURRENT PANELS: One on One Meetings
STARTUP CHALLENGES: YES, THE ODDS ARE AGAINST YOU
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.
 
FUNDING CLEANTECH INNOVATION
This session will discuss the trends in the financial markets and the future of venture capital investment in clean-tech.
 
5:00 CONCURRENT PANELS: One on One Meetings
MONEY FOR FINTECH INNOVATION
Join top-tier VCs for a discussion on the rise of fintech, the integration of groundbreaking technologies within financial services, and the future of digital finance.
 
NEGOTIATING THE 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.
 
6:00 PM ADJOURNMENT

Thursday, November 19th – VENTURE SUMMIT \ VIRTUAL CONNECT

9:30 AM FIRESIDE CHAT – BOB METCALFE
Internet Pioneer, Ethernet Inventor, 3Com Founder and UT Austin Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Panelists:
  • Bob Metcalfe
    Ethernet Inventor, Founder 3Com Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
    UT Austin

  • Jon Fortt
    Co-Anchor CNBC’S Squawk Alley
    CNBC

10:15 AM WELCOME REMARKS
10:30 AM RAISING 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
11:20 AM BREAK
11:30 AM COMPANY PRESENTATIONS – ROUND III
12:40 PM NETWORKING SESSIONS One on One Meetings
1:30 PM COMPANY PRESENTATIONS – ROUND IV
2:50 PM BREAK One on One Meetings
3:00 PM HEALTH CHECKUP: LIFE SCIENCES & HEALTHCARE STARTUPS
VCs compare and contrast the growth of seemingly healthy companies. What did these companies do right?  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.
 
4:00 PM VENTURE BOOTCAMP:

THE BOSS TECHNOLOGY BUSINESS LIFECYCLE

Where am I at? Where am I going?

These are the two most important questions every entrepreneur needs to be asking themselves. Whether you’re just launching your startup of you’ve been grinding for a few years, it is critical to chart your course by beginning with the end in mind.

The BOSS Technology Business Lifecycle maps out the maturity stages and gates startups must cross in their pursuit of profitably exiting their business.  The lifecycle covers three phases of startup maturity from Pre-Startup to Startup to Established as well as the 5 stages of fundraising and 5 levels of validation. 
 
4:45 PM DEVELOPING A FORCAST THAT SUPPORTS YOUR VALUATION
A poorly prepared forecast will undermine the valuation you are seeking and probably deserve!  In this workshop you’ll learn how to develop a plausible forecast and how to defend and sell it to investors.  Hear how this venture capitalist and valuation expert values a company and what weaknesses he looks at. 
One on One Meetings
5:30 PM BEST PRESENTERS ANNOUNCED / CLOSING REMARKS
5:45 PM ADJOURNMENT One on One Meetings

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