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Conference Agenda

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Networking and Coffee

7:30am-8:30am

Welcome Remarks

8:30am-9:00am

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Sandy Guitar

Managing Director

HX Venture Fund

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Stephanie Campbell

Managing Director

Houston Angel Network; The Artemis Fund

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Brad Burke

Managing Director

Rice Alliance for Technology and Entreprenuership

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Harvin Moore

President

Houston Exponential

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Amy Chronis

Houston Managing Partner

Deloitte

A Conversation with Steve Case: How the Third Wave will hit the Third Coast

9:00am-10:00am

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Steve Case

Chairman & CEO, Revolution;

Co-Founder, AOL

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Gina Luna

CEO

Luna Strategies

Moderator

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Guillermo Borda

Managing Partner

HX Venture Fund

Introducer

Venture Capital: High Octane Fuel Driving Returns and Innovation Among Institutional Investors

10:00am-10:45am

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Blair Garrou

Managing Director

Mercury Fund

Moderator

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Paul Hobby

Managing Partner & CEO

Genesis Park LP

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Allison Thacker

President

Rice Management Company, Rice University

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Mike Pia

Chief Investment Officer

Texas A&M Foundation

Materials Science: The material role of hardtech in the next wave of innovation

10:45am-11:30am

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Wogbe Ofori

Principal & Founder

360APPROACH

Moderator

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Adam Sharkawy

Founder and Managing Partner

Material Impact

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Vanessa Wyche

Deputy Director

Johnson Space Center, NASA

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Gaurab Chakrabarti

CEO & Co-Founder

Solugen

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Nic Radford

Founder, CEO & President

Houston Mechatronics & Jacobi Motors

Driving a Culture of Innovation: Key To a Startup's Success

11:30am-12:15pm

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Dan Castagnola

President

Quanta Capital Solutions

Moderator

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Joe Alapat

Founder and CEO

Liongard

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Tom Ball

Founding General Partner

Next Coast Ventures

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Larry Shaffer

Senior Vice President, Marketing & Business Development

Insperity

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Sid Upadhyay

Co-Founder & CEO

WizeHire

Scaling Startups in Houston: A VC & Entrepreneurial Perspective

12:15pm-1:00pm

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Anup Sharma

Senior Vice President

LyondellBasell

Moderator

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Dana Settle

Founding Partner

Greycroft

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Jon Seeber

General Partner

Updata Partners

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Sashi Narahari

Founder & CEO

HighRadius

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Ben Weinberg

Managing Director

Susquehanna Growth Equity

Networking and Expo Break

1:00pm-1:40pm

Pitch Competition Semi Finals

1:40pm-5:00pm

Friday, February 5, 2021

Networking and Coffee

7:15am-8:15am

Diversity: A Force Multiplier in Venture Capital

8:15am-9:00am

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Michael Lipe

Managing Director; Brand and Marketing

Insperity

Moderator

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Stephanie Campbell

Managing Director

Houston Angel Network; The Artemis Fund

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Heath Butler

Managing Director, Mercury Fund; Co-Founder, Urban Capital Network

Thinking Past a COVID World. What Changes to the Life Sciences Are Here to Stay? How is the Business of Healthcare Changing?

9:00am-10:00am

Corey Goodman

Corey Goodman

Managing Partner & Co-Founder

venBio Partners

Moderator

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Dr. Marc Boom

President & CEO

Houston Methodist

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Dr. Paul Klotman

Executive Dean

Baylor College of Medicine

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Chris Rizik

CEO

Renaissance Venture Partners

What's Next For Houston?

10:00am-10:45am

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Rakesh Agrawal

CEO & Founder

SnapStream

Introducer

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Jay Zeidman

Managing Partner

Altitude Ventures

Moderator

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John "JR" Reale

Managing Director

Integr8d Capital

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Susan Davenport

Senior Vice President, Economic Development

Greater Houston Partnership

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Dr. Stephen Klineberg

Founding Director

Kinder Institute for Urban Research

Houston VC: Truths, Trends, and 2021 Predictions

10:45am-11:00am

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Aleece Hobson

Venture Partner

HX Venture Fund

Moderator

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Josh Pherigo

Research Director, Data Analytics

Greater Houston Partnership

Game Changers: Houston is Shaping the Future with Innovations in Energy Transition

11:00am-11:45am

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Ernst Sack

Partner

Blue Bear Capital

Moderator

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Luis Alcoser

GM of Future Energy

Chevron Technology Ventures

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Moji Karimi

CEO & Co-Founder

Cemvita Factory

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Scott Gale

Executive Director

Halliburton Labs

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Juliana Garaizar

Launch Director

Greentown Labs Houston

Game Changers: Houston is Shaping the Future with Innovations in Health Tech

11:00am-11:45am

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Jim Pavlik

Partner

Baird Capital

Moderator

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Alex Baqui

Co-Founder & CEO

Valhalla Healthcare

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Juliet Breeze

CEO & Founder, Next Level Urgent Care; VP, Vantage Hopice

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Roberta Schwartz

EXP & Chief Innovation Officer

Houston Methodist

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Emma Fauss

CEO

MIC Healthcare

Game Changers: Houston is Shaping the Future with Innovations in Property Tech

11:00am-11:45am

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Krishna Srinivasan

Co-Founder

LiveOak Venture Partners

Moderator

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Kristy Simonette

CIO & SVP of Strategic Services

Camden Property Trust

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Mark Schmulen

VP of Smart Access

Realpage, Inc

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Ben Johnson

Founder & CEO

Spruce

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Constance Freedman

Founder & Managing Partner

Moderne Ventures

Game Changers: Houston is Shaping the Future with Innovations in Consumer/Product Led Growth

11:45am-12:30pm

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Peter Weed

Partner

OpenView

Moderator

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Omair Tariq

CEO & Co-Founder

Cart.com

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Emily Keeton

CFO

Mercato

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Topper Luciani

Founder & CEO

Goodfair

Game Changers: Houston is Shaping the Future with Innovations in Cybersecurity

11:45am-12:30pm

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Greg Dracon

Partner

.406 Ventures

Moderator

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Andy Grolnick

CEO

Graylog

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Ted Gutierrez

CEO & Co-Founder

SecurityGate.io

Game Changers: Houston is Shaping the Future with Innovations in FinTech

11:45am-12:30pm

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Tim Bemer

Principal

Lead Edge Capital

Moderator

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Bryan Sansbury

CEO

AEGIS Hedging Solutions

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Les Rechan

COO

PROS.com

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Kim Raath

Co-Founder & CEO

Topl

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Sheel Tyle

Founder & CEO

Amplo

Pitch Competition Finals

1:30pm-4:00pm