April 11 NJIT, Newark

Venture Conference

Venture Conference

About

The Tech Council’s 22nd Venture Conference showcases the region’s most promising companies 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 (Wellness & Events Center) at NJIT in Newark.

PROGRAM BOOK

PARKING: The Science and Technology Parking Deck is located at:

42 Wilsey Street, Newark, NJ 07103.

Here is the Google Maps link:
https://goo.gl/maps/YvKNdV16H8s

 

Schedule

 
 2:00 PM

Registration / Exhibits Open

 3:00 PM

Welcome

James Barrood, President & CEO, NJ Tech Council
Dr. Joel Bloom, President, NJIT
Dr. Beth Simone Noveck, Chief Innovation Officer, State of NJ

 3:10 PM

Keynote Chat: FanDuel

Dave VanEgmond, EVP, FanDuel
Richard Gearhart, Gearhart Law, Passage to Profit Radio Show

 3:40 PM

Pitches - Round 1

Scriptertainment
Wapanda
LifeCuff Technologies Inc.
QwikScript
Boxcar
Upside Health
teliapp
SiLAS
eCare21, Inc
VibeGather, LLC
TrueConnect Systems, Inc
Krow Network
WearWorks
MARCo Technologies LLC
Lambent Data
Life Skill Software
OculoMotor Technologies
Sporttrade
TLCengine
SRL Group
Ribbit.io
Nutrivide
MedifVu, LLC
Totally Pregnant

Emceed by: Robert Bardusch, Valley National Bank
 4:20 PM

Networking

 4:40 PM

Pitches - Round 2

PeerChecked, Inc.
Datafy
Medality Medical
Smirta Innovations Inc.
Vikar Technologies
Malbek
Verstill
Commerce Blitz, LLC.
PlayDate
XPEED Turbine Technology
Pochette, LLC
Genomic Prediction
Pullup Technologies
ROAR for Good
Indie Art World
Elemeno Health
Bloqcube
Caregiver Smart Solutions
MYXR Events Corp.
Paratrees
Speak2 Software
Gamefuly
Entractiv
Quintrix

Emceed by: Matthew Uretsky, McCarter & English
 5:20 PM

Investors Panel

Kelly Ford, Edison Partners
Kathleen Coviello, NJEDA
Stephen Socolof, Tech Council Ventures
Kange Kaneene, SAP

 6:00 PM

Awards and Reception

Speakers

David VanEgmond

EVP & Head of Strategy, Fanduel

Dave VanEgmond is an Executive Vice President & Head of Strategy for FanDuel Group where he oversees strategic planning across the business (Sports Betting, Fantasy, Racing, and Online Casino). Prior to the merger of FanDuel with the US businesses of Paddy Power Betfair to create the FanDuel Group, Dave served as EVP of Strategy, Corporate Development & Finance for FanDuel. In this role, he led all M&A, Corporate Finance, and FP&A (Financial Planning & Analysis) activities at the company. Prior to joining FanDuel, Dave was an Investment Banking Associate at Barclays in Silicon Valley for five years where he advised on a variety of M&A and corporate finance transactions in the technology sector. Dave holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from University of Notre Dame.

Beth Simone Noveck

Chief Innovation Officer, State of NJ

Beth Simone Noveck serves as the State of New Jersey’s first Chief Innovation Officer - a position she was appointed to by Governor Philip D. Murphy in August 2018. In this capacity, Dr. Noveck, a native of New Jersey, focuses on enhancing innovation in government and in the Garden State’s economy. Using better data, more collective intelligence and agile technology, her team leads projects, designs policies and advises agencies on innovative strategies to improve the lives of New Jerseyans. Dr. Noveck serves as the Chair of the Governor’s Future of Work Task Force, sits on the Governor’s Jobs and Economic Opportunity Council, and is also a gubernatorial appointee on the New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology In addition to her role as New Jersey’s Chief Innovation Officer, Dr. Noveck is a professor at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering and a Fellow at NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge. She also directs NYU’s Governance Lab, an action research center studying the impact of technology on governing. Previously, Dr. Noveck served in the White House as the first United States Deputy Chief Technology Officer, and as director of the White House Open Government Initiative under President Obama. UK Prime Minister David Cameron later appointed her senior advisor for Open Government, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel named her a member of her ten-person digital council. She is a graduate of Harvard University and Yale Law School, and was named one of the “World’s 100 Most Influential People in Digital Government 2018” by Apolitical. Previously, she was selected as one of the “Foreign Policy 100″ by Foreign Policy as well as one of the “100 Most Creative People in Business” by Fast Company and “Top Women in Technology” by Huffington Post. Dr. Noveck has written multiple books, and has been published extensively, on how technology can improve governing. She tweets @bethnoveck.

Kelly Ford

Partner, Edison Partners

Kelly Ford is a tech industry executive and operator turned growth equity investor with a specialty in building value and operational excellence for technology companies pre-revenue to $100M. As Partner at Edison Partners, Kelly invests in high-growth enterprise software companies, and advises the firm’s portfolio on go-to-market strategy and operations. Kelly currently serves on the board of directors for Billtrust, Blue Medora, ExecVision, Kinetiq, and the New Jersey Tech Council. She has been recognized as one of the Best 50 Women in Business by NJBIZ and is a frequent speaker at local and national tech startup, B2B sales and marketing events.

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.

Stephen Socolof

Managing Partner, Tech Council Ventures

Stephen Socolof has been a technology investor for twenty years. He has been a founding Managing Partner of New Venture Partners LLC (“NVP”) since 2001. He launched NVP with a strategy to partner with corporations in commercializing internally developed innovations as spinout ventures. At NVP, Steve raised $580M across three funds. Steve focuses on investments in semiconductors, software, storage, and wireless technologies. He is currently a director of EverSpin Technologies, GainSpan Corporation, NVMdurance, and Vasona Networks. He was recently a director of Airclic (sold to Descartes Systems), Alverix (sold to BD), Neohapsis (sold to Cisco), Silicon Hive (sold to Intel), Sychip (sold to Murata), and an observer of Flarion Technologies (sold to Qualcomm). Steve has also been a leader in the corporate venture community over the past fifteen years. He has been a member of and past Chair of the Corporate Venture Group within the National Venture Capital Association. He is on the Advisory Board of Global Corporate Venturing. He has spoken at many conferences and published several articles. Prior to forming NVP, Steve led an internal incubator for Lucent’s Bell Laboratories, which had been one of the most recognized and successful internal venture incubators. Steve joined Lucent in 1996 as the founding member of the team with the charter to employ a venture-capital model as an alternative commercialization approach for bringing Bell Labs technology to market quickly. The team launched 28 ventures, invested $250M off the Lucent balance sheet, raised $400 million of external venture capital, and produced great returns for Lucent. Steve has spent his career focusing on corporate innovation. Before joining Lucent, Steve spent eight years with the management-consulting firm Booz, Allen & Hamilton, where he was a leader of the practice focused on enhancing corporate innovation. Steve received an M.B.A. degree from The Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College where he was a Tuck Scholar. He is currently on the board of the Center for the Study of Private Equity at the Tuck School. He received a B.A. degree in economics and a B.S. degree in mathematical sciences from Stanford University.

Kange Kaneene

Senior Director of Business Development, SAP

Kange Kaneene has spent 11+ years at the intersection of technology and business working in the enterprise software industry. She is a Senior Director of Business Development at SAP, the world’s largest enterprise software company. She is currently focused on expanding SAP's ecosystem in the space via investments in startups, partnerships, acquisitions and joint go-to-market. Ms. Kaneene has a passion for diversity and equally distributed access to opportunity. She is on the selection committee and a mentor for Defy Ventures, a non-profit entrepreneurship, employment, and character development training program for currently and formerly incarcerated men, women, and youth. Additionally, she is a member of NYC associate board for Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) NYC. KIPP NYC is a network of 13 public charter schools. KIPP students, 99% of whom are minority and 88% of whom are low-income, matriculate to college at more than double the rate of low-income students nationally and complete college at five times the rate of their peers. Kange has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Michigan and a Master of Business Administration from New York University Stern School of Business. She lives in Brooklyn, New York and loves international travel, cooking, dancing, karaoke, Michael Jackson and spending time with friends and family.

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