FUND Conference consists of four main programs throughout our 2-day conferences, along with other relationship-driven events.

As we expanded to host conferences across the country in 2019, we gathered feedback on our events, both qualitative and quantitative, from our most important shareholders: the FUND attendees. We understood that splitting our events into targeted programs would increase value for all our FUND attendees. Check out the info below on each of our specific programs.

FUND EDU

Summit

Demo

Launch Hall

FUND Austin 2019

Founder, Thiel Fellow, Investor

Learn from the people who've done it

We’ve worked with partners, founders, entrepreneurs, and community leaders to create FUND EDU: 30 minute sessions on industry-specific topics that are relatable to entrepreneurs, small to medium-size businesses, emerging growth companies, and investors of all shapes and sizes.

FUND EDU presentations will be open dialogue, interactive, and are designed to be fun and engaging for all included.

These sessions are delivered by experts from some of the below industries:

  • Accounting
  • Banking
  • Human Resources
  • Real Estate
  • Finance
  • Technology
  • Legal
  • Public Relations

Some expamples from past conferences include:

  • Bronswick Benjamin, a leading accounting firm, discussed how early-stage companies can focus on financial visibility to unlock their ability to grow.
  • The head of Oracle for Startups program examined how important it is to align yourself with investors who not only understand your business model, but align with your company’s values for a healthy long-term relationship.
  • Polsinelli, a leading AmLaw 100 Firm, has hosted an interactive “Ask a Lawyer” session discussing things an emerging company should be aware of as they grow.

What are people saying about FUND?

"We made connections that will benefit our business for years to come, as well as friendships that will last a lifetime."
"Our biggest takeaway from the Chicago FUND Conference pitch competition ... was the market validation from an entirely new startup ecosystem that our business is solving a real problem. Thanks to all the founders, investors, and community members for welcoming us into your city and showing love. We’ll be back soon!"
"... I was impressed by the quality of the investors who approached me. It is infrequent to have investors lined up to meet with an entrepreneur after a pitch so this was a delightful experience!"

Hear from the top emerging entrepreneurs

Demo Day includes two portions: Entrepreneur Presentations and FUND Founder Face-Off.

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Julia Cheek

FUND Austin 2019

Founder of EverlyWell

Hear from some of the most interesting people in entrepreneurship and business

Over the last 5 years we’ve had over 300 of the most prominent national speakers on our stage with varying topics, panel discussions, fireside chats and keynote speeches. You never know who you’ll meet at FUND!

This is what makes FUND Special

FUND Conference is not only a hub for business development and networking in your respective industry, but a place where a strong portion of programming is focused on emerging companies and entrepreneurs. 

At the FUND Launch Hall, 50 – 60 vetted emerging companies will exhibit their businesses at their own tables, with their own marketing materials. This format allows natural conversation to commence which forges organic relationships between members of the innovation community.

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