July 18th - 19th, 2017
Convene, New York City

Agenda



Tuesday, July 18th, 2017
6:00 pm OPENING COCKTAIL RECEPTION
7:30 pm ADJOURNMENT
Wednesday, July 19th, 2017
8:00 am CONFERENCE REGISTRATION & CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST
8:45 am WELCOME REMARKS
Joe Benjamin
Founder & CEO
youngStartup Ventures
9:00 am THE CHANGING VENTURE WORLD: WHAT CAN WE EXPECT FOR THE NEXT 24 MONTHS?
Venture Capital thought leaders debate the challenges and opportunities facing Investors and Entrepreneurs
Location: Forum A

Moderator:

Emilio Ragosa
Partner
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Panelists:

Binoy Bhansali
Vice President
Sandbox Industries

Sim Blaustein
Managing Partner
Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments

Aaron Dubin
Investor
Innovation Endeavors

Taylor Green
Partner
Lerer Hippeau Ventures

Nicolas Wittenborn
Vice President
Insight Venture Partners

Jennifer Xu
Director
500 Startups

Rick Zullo
Investor
Lightbank

9:50 am BREAK
10:00 am COMPANY PRESENTATIONS – ROUND I

Track I: Technology
Track II: Life Sciences
Track III: Clean-tech
Track IV: Seed Pitchfest

11:00 am NETWORKING & REFRESHMENT BREAK
11:40 am COMPANY PRESENTATIONS – ROUND II

Track I: Technology
Track II: Life Sciences
Track III: Clean-tech
Track IV: Seed Pitchfest

12:50 pm LUNCH & NETWORKING
1:50 pm COMPANY PRESENTATIONS – ROUND III

Track I: Technology
Track II: Life Sciences
Track III: Clean-tech
Track IV: Ed-Tech

3:00 pm CONCURRENT PANELS
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.
Location: Forum A

Moderator:

David Sorin
Partner & Co-Chair of the Venture Capital & Emerging Growth Companies Practice
McCarter & English LLP

Panelists:

Ryan Armbrust
Partner
ff Venture Capital

Scott Birnbaum
Founder
Red Sea Ventures

Dan Burstein
Managing Partner
Millennium Technology Value Partners

Nihal Mehta
Founding General Partner
Eniac Ventures

Andrew Schoen
Investor
NEA

Rudina Seseri
Managing Partner
Glasswing Ventures

Jonathan Struhl
Co-Founder & General Partner
Indicator Ventures

FUELING CAPITAL FOR CLEAN-TECH
This session will discuss the trends in the financial markets and the future of venture capital investment in clean-tech.
Location: Forum B

Moderator:

Joseph A. Ferino
Partner
McCarter & English LLP

Panelists:

Adam de Sola Pool
Partner
Clean Energy Venture Group

Nathan Fink
Investor
Shell Technology Ventures

Jacob Grose
Investment Manager
BASF Venture Capital

Jiong Ma
Partner
Braemar Energy Ventures

Jason Nolte
Investment Manager
GM Ventures

Praveen Sahay
Managing Director
WAVE Equity Partners

Claude Vachet
Managing Director
Cycle Capital Management

THE GRADE ON ED-TECH INNOVATION & FUNDING
Ed-tech Investors will take center stage to grade the Ed-tech sector and share insights on the trends they're seeing.
Location: Hub One

Panelists:

Charles Birnbaum
Partner
Bessemer Venture Partners

Stanley Buchesky
Managing Partner
The EdTech Fund

Josh Cohen
Managing Director
City Light Capital

Chris Fortunato
Investor
KEC Ventures

Matthew Hanson
Partner
GSV Ventures

Blair Miller
Venture Partner
Learn Capital

Daniel Pianko
Managing Director
University Ventures

3:50 pm NETWORKING & REFRESHMENT BREAK
4:30 pm CONCURRENT PANELS
THE ART OF NEGOTIATING TERM SHEETS
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.
Location: Forum A

Moderator:

Shon Glusky
Partner
Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Panelists:

Lisa Calhoun
Managing Director
Valor Ventures

Dave Kirkpatrick
Managing Director
SJF Ventures

Sam Lerer
Vice President
General Atlantic

Adi Levanon
Partner
Symmetrical Ventures

Jorge Ramirez
Vice President
H.I.G. Capital Partners

Jim Robinson
Partner
RRE Ventures

Vanessa Alexandra Pestritto
Co-Founder and Partner
Lattice Ventures

CORPORATE VENTURE CAPITAL: 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.
Location: Forum B

Moderator:

Scott Jones
Partner
Pepper Hamilton LLP

Panelists:

Imran Babar
Vice President
Orbimed Advisors

Andrew Cleland
Managing Director
ComCast Ventures

Edward Greer
Manager
Dow Ventures

Sven Harmsen
Investment Director
MVentures

Brad McManus
Managing Director
Motorola Solutions Venture Capital

Travis Skelly
Senior Vice President
Citi Ventures

5:20 pm AWARDS & CLOSING REMARKS
Joe Benjamin
Founder & CEO
youngStartup Ventures
5:30 pm SUMMIT ADJOURNS
* Program schedules and speakers are subject to change
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