FUND Conference Denver 2019

April 9th & 10th

FUND hosted its’ first annual conference in Denver, Colorado, in 2019. Check out photos and our schedule below.

FUND Denver 2019 Conference Schedule

April 9th, 2019

Day One

8:00 - 9:15 AM

Registration & Open Networking

9:15 - 9:30 AM

Opening Remarks

Presented by RJ Pahura, Co-Founder, Chairman, and Chief Marketing Officer at FUND Conference.

9:30 - 10:10 AM

Inclusion: Does it Matter?

What is inclusion and why does it matter to companies now?

Does it matter more to the big corporations or equally as important in the startup sector? Is there good inclusion and bad inclusion? How do we measure inclusion, and how do we know when we reach “full” inclusion?

Olivia Omega, co-founder of Wallace Marketing Group, will moderate a thoughtful conversation that includes Devon Kerns, Chief Visionary Officer at Social Capital Agency, Jean Ginzburg, Founder & CEO of Jean Ginzburg, and Ken Clay, CEO 38th Street Studios.

10:10 - 10:50 AM

Identifying and Deploying Entrepreneurial Talent

Moderator Catherine Krajewski, Talent Acquisition Partner at Strava, will take an in-depth look at sourcing, hiring, and firing break-through talent because your people are #1. How can you make create an environment for talented people to excel?

Panelists: Mona Hart (Director of Strategic Client Development at Special Counsel), Joe Thurman (Founder & CEO at Jobber Group) Alison Meadows (SVP, People at Evolve Vacation Rental)

11:00 - 11:45 AM

Innovation and Inclusion: Perspectives from the Front Line

How does innovation fuel inclusive environments? And, what inclusive environments create innovation?

Kaati Ross, Broker & Founder at Evolution Financial Group, is joined by Hannah Davis, Program Director at the Techstars Sustainability Accelerator, Michael Chiang, and Kelly Dotseth, Founder & COO at Brandzooka.

11:45 - 12:00 PM

Keynote Presentation: Highlighting Mental Health in Entrepreneurship

Kristin Darga, founder at Impact Founder, a multimedia conversation company telling authentic stories from founders, has worked with hundreds of entrepreneurs and as a four-time founder herself, understands the highly satisfying yet distressing road of entrepreneurship all too well.

In her keynote presentation, she will walk through how entrepreneurs can prioritize their mental health to make sure they can doing what’s important to them, which is growing their respective businesses.

12:00 - 1:00 PM

Lunch Break

Don’t worry about going anywhere, we’ve got lunch on-site for you.

1:00 - 1:45 PM

Gender and Venture Capital: Where to From Here?

Despite efforts to level the playing field for female entrepreneurs, U.S. female-founded startups have raised just 2.2 percent of venture capital investment in 2018. Additionally, based on Crunchbase data, recent stats confirm that 9 percent of US-based VCs are women. This study includes general partners and managing directors with check writing abilities (firms with a fund size of over $25 million). Where to from here? If stats aren’t improving, what is it that women should be doing differently?

Amanda Kranias, CEO of Haverford Ventures, will dive into what female investors are doing now, and what’s making a big impact with Alicia Robb, CEO at Next Wave Impact, Bonnie Foley-Wong, CEO of Pique Ventures, Heather King, Partner at Boies Schiller Flexner LLP,  and Tricia Meyer, Founder & Managing Attorney at Meyer Law.

1:45 - 2:15 PM

Keynote Presentation: Female Founder Funding

Barbara T. Bauer, Director at Women’s Investor Network, will review the funding environment for female founders. What is going well? What can be improved, and ultimately, how do we get female entrepreneurs the funding they need to grow their businesses?

2:15 - 3:00 PM

Exploring Diversity and Inclusion

“Diversity and Inclusion” are words that are frequently spoken by politicians, business leaders, and HR professionals…but what have you heard about the actionable results of the efforts?

Moderator: Holly Weckler co-captain of FinTech Exploration at FinTEx

Panelists: Ahmed Flex Omar, Co-founder at Muslim American Leadership Alliance, Dara Tarkowski, Co-founder at Actuate Law, Kelsey Weaver, Chief Business Development Officer at Neocova, Randy Rivera, Executive Director at FinTEx

3:00 - 3:45 PM

Keynote presentation: Evolution of Female Equality

Stephanie F. Donner, Chief Legal Counsel for the Hickenlooper 2020 Presidential Campaign, has been a senior leader across a number of industries and organizations in her career, and as a female leader, will touch on the evolution of female equality in the workplace during her keynote presentation.

3:45 - 4:00 PM

Closing Remarks

4:00 PM

End of Show

5:00 PM

FUND Official Pre-Party

Join us at Denver’s Union Station where we’ll have foods and drinks ready for all to enjoy to prepare for FUND Day Two.

Address: 1701 Wynkoop, Denver, CO, 80202

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April 10th, 2019

FUND Day Two

9:00 - 9:10 AM

Opening Remarks

RJ Pahura, Co-Founder, Chairman, and Chief Marketing Officer at FUND Conference, will kick our day off with a couple of words and some information on what’s happening the rest of the day.

9:10 - 10:00 AM

Current State of the Union - Venture Investing

What have we achieved in the Rockies, and where are we headed? What trends are emerging? How do we continue to increase funding across the region?

Erik Mitisek, President at Highwing (formerly Imagine Analytics), will lead Natty Zola, Partner at Matchstick Ventures, Stephanie Copeland, Partner at Fourpoints Funding, Chris Onan, Board Member at Foodmaven, and Martha Tracey, Vice President at Crawley Ventures, in a conversation about how entrepreneurs and investors can continue to build on the success in the Rockies.

10:00 - 10:45 AM

Fireside Chat: Micah Fink and Boyd Falconer

Boyd Falconer, Chief Strategy Officer at FUND, will sit down with Micah Fink, former Navy Seal and CEO at Heroes and Horses, to discuss how he’s taken his career in the military and applied those skills as an entrepreneur to tackle big challenges.

10:45 - 11:45 AM

Main Stage Entrepreneur Pitch

Meet the 65 entrepreneurs exhibiting at FUND Denver by hearing their 30-second pitches on the Main Speaker Stage.

11:45 - 1:00 PM

Lunch (Main Stage Closed)

Don’t worry about going anywhere to grab food. We’ve got you taken care of for lunch.

1:00 - 1:40 PM

Beyond Impact Investing

Impact-investment focused angels and VCs are gaining steam, and beginning to make strong headways. These are new vehicles, and we’ll talk to some leaders in the space to understand how impact investments are creating a measurable, beneficial and financial return while equally advancing social and economic environments.

Moderator: Megan Bent (Founder & Managing Partner at Harbinger Ventures)

Panelists: Dave Harris (Managing Partner at Rockies Impact Fund) Paul Foley (Managing Director at SmartCapital) Mitch Posada (Founding Partner at Venture Studio Partners) Michael Tsokur (Fraction-CFO / Advisor at Akrasia Capital, LLC)

1:40 - 2:15 PM

Beyond Impact Investing

Impact-investment focused angels and VCs are gaining steam, and beginning to make strong headways. These are new vehicles, and we’ll talk to some leaders in the space to understand how impact investments are creating a measurable, beneficial and financial return while equally advancing social and economic environments.

Moderator: Megan Bent (Founder & Managing Partner at Harbinger Ventures)

Panelists: Dave Harris (Managing Partner at Rockies Impact Fund) Paul Foley (Managing Director at SmartCapital) Mitch Posada (Founding Partner at Venture Studio Partners) Michael Tsokur (Fraction-CFO / Advisor at Akrasia Capital, LLC)

2:15 - 3:00 PM

Feeling Good: Investing in Health and Wellness

In this panel, David Prichard, President at Teegarden Financial, will dive into the invigorated market for organics and our collective consciousness in health and wellness.

Panelists: Patrick Rea (CEO & Co-Founder at CanopyBoulder), Michael Silverman (Founder & Managing Director at Samantha Brands Group), Chris Day (VP of External Relations at Marijuanna Business Daily)

3:00 - 4:00 PM

Top 10 Things Happening Healthcare: Keynote Presentation

Dr. Arlen Meyers, MD, MBA, President and CEO of Society of Physician Entrepreneurs, will walk us through what we need to know about healthcare entrepreneurship Description: An informative and interactive overview on the top 10 things happening in healthcare.

4:00 - 4:40 PM

Failure Drives Success

Understanding how success and failure relate together and offering important insights into how they should be approached.

Moderator: Chris Joyce (Founder & CEO at GUSHER)

Panelists: Julie Holmes ( Founder at Big Bang Innovation), Josh Freed (CEO & Co-Founder at Proximity) Rob Sanchez (CEO & Co-Founder at MouthMedia Network), Amy Volas (Founder & CEO at Avenue Talent Partners)

4:40 - 4:55 PM

Top 10 Exhibitors Pitch

Based on the Exhibitor pitches earlier in the afternoon voted by the. FUND audience, the top 10 vote-getting companies will get to pitch again on stage for 1 minute.

4:55 - 5:00 PM

Closing Remarks & Pitch Award Winners Announced

After the Top 10 Exhibitors pitch again, we’ll have the audience vote on the top pitch, and we’ll award the winner in the Closing Remarks.

5:00 PM

End of Show