April 11 Newark

Venture Conference

Venture Conference

About

The Tech Council’s 22nd Venture Conference showcases the region’s most promising companies and and offers insights from many of the nation’s top investors. We expect over 1,000 entrepreneurs, developers, angel investors, venture capitalists, investment bankers, lenders and business leaders as well as students and professional advisors from the region. The event will be held at the WEC at NJIT in Newark.

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Sponsorship opportunities are available; please contact Poonam@njtc.org for more info.

Schedule

 
 2:00 PM

Registration / Exhibits Open

 3:00 PM

Welcome

James Barrood, President & CEO, NJ Tech Council

 3:05 PM

Keynote Chat: Matt Kalish, DraftKings

 3:40 PM

Pitches - Round 1

 4:20 PM

Networking

 4:40 PM

Pitches - Round 2

 5:20 PM

Investors Panel

Kathleen Coviello, NJEDA

 6:00 PM

Awards and Reception

Speakers

Matt Kalish

Chief Revenue Officer, Draftkings

Matt Kalish is Chief Revenue Officer and co-founder of DraftKings, the innovative sports-tech media entertainment platform that is changing the way consumers around the world engage with and consume sports. Kalish co-founded DraftKings in 2012 and oversees all of DraftKings' customer relationships and treatments, as well as the creation and execution of all aspects of the contests, which are offered across the broadest variety of sports in DFS Kalish, a lifelong fan of real-time fantasy and strategy games, combined his experience in corporate analytics and e-commerce to become the “game master” of DraftKings. In a short span, he has led his team to go beyond the industry standards spearheaded the creation and execution of all aspects of DraftKings’ games and contests. As Chief Revenue Officer, Matt oversees a team of over 50 people to help drive the company’s strategies forward across game design and development, game analytics and game operations, revenue and retention. Matt focuses on DraftKings’ customer relationships and treatments, and oversees the creation and execution of all aspects of the contests across the broadest variety of sports in DFS, including: NFL, MLB, NHL, Golf, NASCAR, SOCCER, CFL, NBA / WNBA, MMA and even e-sports, as well as the broadest amount of game variants within the industry. In a relatively nascent industry, Matt is constantly finding ways to improve daily fantasy sports customers’ game experience, whether it be introducing new contest features or consumer protection policies. The innovation under Matt’s guidance has helped DraftKings grow exponentially and the company now boasts over 9 million customers worldwide. Matt’s passion for sports, analytics, and game design has been instrumental in catapulting DraftKings from a small Boston start-up to a global sports-tech entertainment enterprise. Prior to starting DraftKings, Kalish worked in business analytics at Capital One – where he met DraftKings Chief Executive Officer and co-founder Jason Robins. While working in CRM and marketing at Vistaprint, he and Robins met the third co-founder and DraftKings Chief Operating Officer Paul Liberman. Kalish also held positions at Microsoft and Fidelity Investments. Kalish received his MBA from Boston College and holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and computer science from Columbia University. He resides with his family in the Boston area.

Kathleen Coviello

Vice President, Technology & Life Sciences Investments, NJEDA

Kathleen Coviello is the Vice President of Technology & Life Science Investments at the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA). In this role, she is responsible for working closely with the state’s emerging technology and life science companies and investors and delivering the various Edison Innovation Fund products to this community. Kathleen also oversees the management of the NJEDA’s Commercialization Center for Innovative Technologies (CCIT), an internationally-recognized 46,000-square-foot, leading life science incubation facility, along with the Biotechnology Development Center, a 32,000-square-foot post-incubation life science facility. With Kathleen at its helm, the NJEDA’s Technology and Life Sciences (TLS) Division has delivered over $1 billion in direct investments, business incentives, tax credits, and venture fund investments through the Edison Innovation Fund. Also during her tenure, New Jersey’s first accelerator- TechLaunch - was established, federal State Small Business Credit Initiatives funds were deployed into several regional venture funds, the State’s Angel Tax Credit Program was launched, and the New Jersey Founders & Funders program was born. Kathleen joined the Authority in August 2005 as a program manager. Prior to joining the NJEDA, she spent over 17 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.

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Sponsors

Sponsors

Supporting Orgs

Registration

  • Members: $125; Early Bird Member (by March 1): $70
  • Future Member: $245 Early Bird Future Member (by March 1): $190
  • Non-Sponsor Prof. Advisor Firms: Members: $245
  • Non-Sponsor Prof. Advisor Firms: Future Members: $395
  • Students/Faculty: Free with Valid Student/Faculty Email/ID: $0