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Conference Agenda

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Networking and Coffee

7:30am-8:30am

Welcome Remarks

8:30am-9:00am

Sandy Guitar

Managing Director

HX Venture Fund

Stephanie Campbell

Managing Director

Houston Angel Network; The Artemis Fund

Brad Burke

Managing Director

Rice Alliance for Technology and Entreprenuership

Harvin Moore

President

Houston Exponential

Amy Chronis

Houston Managing Partner

Deloitte

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

9:00am-10:00am

Steve Case

Chairman & CEO, Revolution;

Co-Founder, AOL

Gina Luna

CEO

Luna Strategies

Moderator

Guillermo Borda

Managing Partner

HX Venture Fund

Introducer

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

10:00am-10:45am

Blair Garrou

Managing Director

Mercury Fund

Moderator

Paul Hobby

Managing Partner & CEO

Genesis Park LP

Allison Thacker

President

Rice Management Company, Rice University

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

Wogbe Ofori

Principal & Founder

360APPROACH

Moderator

Adam Sharkawy

Founder and Managing Partner

Material Impact

Vanessa Wyche

Deputy Director

Johnson Space Center, NASA

Gaurab Chakrabarti

CEO & Co-Founder

Solugen

Nic Radford

Founder, CEO & President

Houston Mechatronics & Jacobi Motors

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

11:30am-12:15pm

Dan Castagnola

President

Quanta Capital Solutions

Moderator

Joe Alapat

Founder and CEO

Liongard

Tom Ball

Founding General Partner

Next Coast Ventures

Larry Shaffer

Senior Vice President, Marketing & Business Development

Insperity

Sid Upadhyay

Co-Founder & CEO

WizeHire

Scaling Startups in Houston: A VC & Entrepreneurial Perspective

12:15pm-1:00pm

Anup Sharma

Senior Vice President

LyondellBasell

Moderator

Dana Settle

Founding Partner

Greycroft

Jon Seeber

General Partner

Updata Partners

Sashi Narahari

Founder & CEO

HighRadius

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

Michael Lipe

Managing Director; Brand and Marketing

Insperity

Moderator

Stephanie Campbell

Managing Director

Houston Angel Network; The Artemis Fund

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

Managing Partner & Co-Founder

venBio Partners

Moderator

Dr. Marc Boom

President & CEO

Houston Methodist

Dr. Paul Klotman

Executive Dean

Baylor College of Medicine

Chris Rizik

CEO

Renaissance Venture Partners

What's Next For Houston?

10:00am-10:45am

Rakesh Agrawal

CEO & Founder

SnapStream

Introducer

Jay Zeidman

Managing Partner

Altitude Ventures

Moderator

John "JR" Reale

Managing Director

Integr8d Capital

Susan Davenport

Senior Vice President, Economic Development

Greater Houston Partnership

Dr. Stephen Klineberg

Founding Director

Kinder Institute for Urban Research

Houston VC: Truths, Trends, and 2021 Predictions

10:45am-11:00am

Aleece Hobson

Venture Partner

HX Venture Fund

Moderator

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

Ernst Sack

Partner

Blue Bear Capital

Moderator

Luis Alcoser

GM of Future Energy

Chevron Technology Ventures

Moji Karimi

CEO & Co-Founder

Cemvita Factory

Scott Gale

Executive Director

Halliburton Labs

Juliana Garaizar

Launch Director

Greentown Labs Houston

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

11:00am-11:45am

Jim Pavlik

Partner

Baird Capital

Moderator

Alex Baqui

Co-Founder & CEO

Valhalla Healthcare

Juliet Breeze

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

Roberta Schwartz

EXP & Chief Innovation Officer

Houston Methodist

Emma Fauss

CEO

MIC Healthcare

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

11:00am-11:45am

Krishna Srinivasan

Co-Founder

LiveOak Venture Partners

Moderator

Kristy Simonette

CIO & SVP of Strategic Services

Camden Property Trust

Mark Schmulen

VP of Smart Access

Realpage, Inc

Ben Johnson

Founder & CEO

Spruce

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

Peter Weed

Partner

OpenView

Moderator

Omair Tariq

CEO & Co-Founder

Cart.com

Emily Keeton

CFO

Mercato

Topper Luciani

Founder & CEO

Goodfair

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

11:45am-12:30pm

Greg Dracon

Partner

.406 Ventures

Moderator

Andy Grolnick

CEO

Graylog

Ted Gutierrez

CEO & Co-Founder

SecurityGate.io

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

11:45am-12:30pm

Tim Bemer

Principal

Lead Edge Capital

Moderator

Bryan Sansbury

CEO

AEGIS Hedging Solutions

Les Rechan

COO

PROS.com

Kim Raath

Co-Founder & CEO

Topl

Sheel Tyle

Founder & CEO

Amplo

Pitch Competition Finals

1:30pm-4:00pm