April 12 Harborside Atrium

Venture Conference

Venture Conference

About

The Tech Council’s 21st annual Venture Conference showcases the region’s most promising companies and leading professional service firms. In past years, the Conference has attracted over 500 entrepreneurs, developers, investors, venture capitalists, investment bankers, lenders and other financing groups from the northeast corridor. In addition, students and professional advisors participate in the Conference.

Sponsorship Opportunities.

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Speakers

Ben Lehnert

Director of Product Design, Microsoft

Benedikt Lehnert is the Director of Product Design for Outlook at Microsoft, leading a team of 50 designers and researchers across Redmond, New York City, San Francisco and Vancouver. He joined Microsoft in 2015 through the acquisition of Wunderlist, the world’s most loved cross-platform productivity app, where he was the Chief Design Officer. Benedikt joined the Berlin-based startup in 2012 when the company had only 9 employees and has been the driving force behind winning the hearts and minds of millions people across the globe by delivering a beautiful product that is highly functional, yet incredibly simple. During his 4 years a Wunderlist he scaled the product team to 70 people, helped raise funding from world-renowned investors such as Atomico as well as Sequoia Capital, making Wunderlist the first ever investment in a German startup by the legendary Silicon Valley firm. Benedikt grounds his work in the belief that design-led companies are the better businesses, which has led to Wunderlist secure numerous awards and a cult like following. Before joining Wunderlist, Benedikt was the Chief Product Officer at a biotech startup where he led a team of designers and engineers to develop a category-leading suite of hardware and software products to reinvent biobanking. Benedikt is also the author of Typoguide, an international keynote speaker and angel investor in design-driven startups around the world. He lives with his wife, daughter and two dogs in Princeton, NJ.

Kelly Ford

Partner, Edison Partners

A 23-year veteran of emerging and established organizations, Kelly is a cross-discipline operator turned advisor and investor who is passionate about leading and orchestrating growth initiatives that build value and excellence for technology companies pre-revenue to $100M. As Partner at Edison Partners, Kelly advises companies in the areas of go-to-market strategy and operations, organizational alignment and design, and scaling sales and marketing machines. She also serves on the board of directors for Billtrust, Salsa Labs and Axial. Kelly is a Boston native and Michigan State alumn, who now calls Lawrenceville home. She has been recognized as one of the Best 50 Women in Business by NJBIZ and is a frequent speaker at local and national B2B sales and marketing events.

Gina Tedesco

Angel Investor, Jumpstart

Gina is an active investor, serial entrepreneur, professor and mentor. Currently managing member of Amala Ventures, a venture firm investing in disruptive technology in the USA and Brazil, Ms. Tedesco's career of over 30 years includes co-founding 3 successful start-up ventures, overseas postings in finance and M&A with a global pharmaceutical company and industry expertise in pharmaceuticals, biotech, and technology. Ms. Tedesco is a member and board member of Jumpstart NJ Angel Network and a member of Golden Seeds. She also serves on the board of two private companies and is an Advisory Board Member of the Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurship. In addition, she is an Adjunct Professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University and is currently teaching various online courses in entrepreneurship. Fluent in English, French and Portuguese, Ms. Tedesco earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (Pi Tau Sigma) and a MBA in International Business with a concentration in Finance from The George Washington University (Magna Cum Laude) as well as an additional post-MBA concentration certificate in Entrepreneurial Studies from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Kathleen Coviello

Director of the Technology & Life Sciences Division, NJEDA

Kathleen Coviello is the Director of the Technology & Life Sciences Division (TLS) at the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA). She is responsible for working closely with the emerging technology and life science companies and investors in the state and delivering the various Edison Innovation Fund products to this community. She joined the Authority in August 2005 as a program manager. Under Ms. Coviello’s direction, the EDA has delivered over $1 billion in direct investments, business incentives, tax credits, and venture fund investments through the Edison Innovation Fund. Coviello’s related accomplishments include crafting, for the first time at the EDA, financing instruments in the form of subordinated convertible debt with warrants to support the NJ technology community and the EDA’s conversion in several portfolio companies to be a preferred stock holder. She has also assembled and runs several technology advisory boards comprised of private sector industry specialists, which supports the EDA’s commitment to a public private partnership. She lead EDA’s work with the NJ Pensions Division to, for the first time in NJ, earmark pension investments to NJ based investments in NJ Venture Funds and companies, via the NJ Direct Investment Fund. During her tenure, the TLS division rolled out the EDA’s green technology initiatives; NJ’s first accelerator- TechLaunch was established; Federal SSBCI funds were deployed into several regional venture funds; NJ’s Angel Tax Credit Program was launched and the NJ Founders & Funders progam was born. Coviello also oversees the management of EDA’s Commercialization Center for Innovative Technologies (CCIT), an internationally recognized 46,000 square foot, leading life science incubation facility along with the soon to be opened Biotechnology Development center, a 32,000 square foot post incubation life science facility. Prior to joining the EDA, she spent over seventeen years in the banking industry, with the last eight focused exclusively on the NJ Technology Venture Lending Market. Her venture lending experience includes employment at Silicon Valley Bank, Comerica Bank and Progress’ Techbanc. In 2009, Coviello was the recipient of the John H. Martinson, Technology Leadership Award by the New Jersey Technology Council, an award recognizing her leadership in the NJ Technology community over the last ten years. She was named “Financier of the Year” by the New Jersey Technology Council in June of 2003 and had been a finalist in June 2001. Coviello actively participates in numerous technology forums throughout the state as a speaker, judge and panelist. Coviello sits on the advisory and/or valuation boards of the Edison Venture Fund, , the NJTC Venture Fund/Tech Council Ventures, and New Spring Health Ventures. She is also sits on the boards of the NJ Technology Council, and the NJ R&D council. Ms. Coviello received her undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Albright College in Reading, PA, and she received her Masters in Business Administration with a specialization in Finance from LaSalle University in Philadelphia, PA. Ms. Coviello resides in Hillsborough, NJ with her husband and three children.

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Schedule

 
 2:00 PM

Registration/Exhibits Open

 3:00 PM

Opening Remarks

James Barrood, President & CEO NJ Tech Council
Mack-Cali

 3:05 PM

Keynote

Ben Lehnert, Microsoft
 3:40 PM

Pitches - Round 1

 4:20 PM

Networking

 4:40 PM

Pitches - Round 2

 5:20 PM

Funding Panel

Kelly Ford, Edison Partners
Gina Tedesco, Jumpstart
Kathleen Coviello, NJEDA

 6:00 PM

Awards and Reception

Sponsors

Signature Sponsor

Conference Sponsor

Registration

Early Bird until Feb 23. Discounted rate is applied during reg. process (no code needed). Members: $70 [$125]; Early Bird, Future Members: $190 [$245]; Non-Sponsor Advisor Firms: $295; Students: $40

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