7º Edition Global Entrepreneurship Summit – GES – entrepreneurship event between 22 and 24 June Stanford University CALIFORNIA

When we connect global entrepreneurs with the access and exchange needed to create and innovate, we unleash their power to change the world.
 
A clear example of this is found in Silicon Valley where thousands of firms have achieved success.  With that in mind, what better place to gather entrepreneurs at all stages of business development for the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES). 
 
This Summit will be the 7th installment in a series previously hosted by the United States and the governments of Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, Morocco, and Kenya.  In bringing the Summit back to the United States, President Obama highlights his commitment to building bridges that help us tackle global challenges together.
 
 GES 2016 aims to showcase inspiring entrepreneurs and investors from around the world creating new opportunities for investment, partnership, and collaboration; connect American entrepreneurs and investors with international counterparts to form lasting relationships; and highlight entrepreneurship as means to address some of the most intractable global challenges.
 
Hosting GES in Silicon Valley will highlight America’s entrepreneurial spirit and allow American investors and entrepreneurs to see the talent, solutions, and opportunities that exist globally.
 
The summit will include a wide range of workshops, panels, ignite talks, pitch competitions, mentoring, and networking sessions aimed to give participants tailored opportunities to gain skill and relationships that will help their ventures grow.  Within the Summit there will also be demonstration areas, experiential learning exhibitions, and opportunities to connect with industry experts.
 
 
 

 

AGENDA:

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22

 
0700   Registration & Transportation to Stanford     
0800   Welcome
Plenary Hall, CMEX
Emcee: Andrew Rabens, Special Advisor, Global Youth Issues, U.S. Department of State

  • Richard Stengel, Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, U.S. Department of State
  • Catherine Russell, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, U.S. Department of State
  • Leading CEO and Entrepreneur

0830   Opening Plenary – Emerging Innovations
Plenary Hall, CMEX
This plenary session will explore new global innovations and the entrepreneurs that are attracting funding, breaking the status quo and changing the world.

  • Moderator: Brad Stone – Bloomberg West
  • Leila Janah – Founder, SamaGroup
  • Oren Yackobovich – Founder, Videre and 2016 Skoll Foundation Entrepreneur
  • Kathryn Minshew – Co-Founder, The Muse

0930   Future-Ready Women

  • Karen Quintos, Senior VP & Chief Marketing Officer, Dell

0937   Group Photo
0945   Coffee & Networking Break
1000 – 1215 Curbside Coaching
Pre-registration required

GES+ participants can pre-register for individual consulting with experts in technology, impact assessment, online tools, venture capital and more. Participants will only have 10 minutes to present their challenge and ask for feedback from the experts below.
  • Alliance for Artisan Enterprise
  • Berkeley Haas Center
  • CommonKey
  • Dell
  • Entrepreneurs’ Organization
  • Fellow Robots
  • Global First Ladies Alliance
  • Golden Seeds
  • Google
  • LinkedIn
  • Mesh Ventures
  • Presidential Innovation Fellows
  • Space Ninja
  • UN Youth Envoy
  • UNICEF
  • Voyaj
  • Walmart
  • Weather Underground

1000   Training Session I – Engaging the Mobile Generation
Room M104
Create useful apps, find your niche market and connect to mobile payments with help from these session leaders.

  • Joyce Kim –Stellar Development Foundation (invited)
  • Tayo Akinyemi – Mobile Innovation Specialist, Innovation & Entrepreneurship Unit, World Bank Global Practice on Trade & Competitiveness

Training Session II – Creative Execution: Bringing Ideas to Life
Room M105
Implementing your vision through product ideation and design.

  • Denise Gershbein – Executive Director, Social Impact, Frog Design
  • Valerie Lorena – Executive Director, Young Americas Business Trust, Organization of American States

Training Session III – Stand Out: Personal Branding
Barnes/McDowell – Fischer Conference Center
Amplify your business footprint and become a thought-leader in your field.

  • Robin Albin, Senior Vice President, Conceptual Innovation, Estee Lauder

Training Session IV – Building Startup Communities
Lane – Fischer Conference Center
Learn how to connect your business to the local ecosystem to become a leading voice in your community.

  • Ed Steidl – Global Program Manager, Microsoft Innovation Centers
  • Alex Krause – Program Officer, Kauffman Foundation

1100   Break
1115   Training Session V – Leveraging Technology Platforms
Room M104
Engaging, educating and empowering youth and women entrepreneurs to accelerate the growth of technology industries in emerging markets.

  • Adriana Gascoigne – Founder, Girls in Tech
  • Rama Chakaki – Executive Director, TechWadi

Training Session VI – How to Sustainably Manage Growth           
Room M105
Resources and tools to successfully push your company to the next level of growth.

  • Komal Mohindra – Senior Private Sector Development Specialist, Innovation & Entrepreneurship Unit, World Bank Group, Global Practice on Trade & Competitiveness
  • Kara Valikai – Senior Manager, Women’s Economic Empowerment, International Sourcing, Walmart

Training Session VII – Pitch the Media            
Barnes/McDowell – Fischer Conference Center
Learn how to attract and talk to media experts about your business products or services.

  • Kamahl Santamaria – Principal Presenter, Al Jazeera English
  • Emily Chang – Anchor, Bloomberg West

Training Session VIII – Passion, People, and Profit
Lane – Fischer Conference Center
This session will focus on improving the viability of social business models using case studies of companies that are scaling sustainable, purpose-driven businesses. Q&A will follow the session.

  • Dipika Ailani – Gates Foundation
  • Laura Tyson – Former Economic Advisor, Clinton Administration, Haas Center, Berkeley University

1230   Lunch
Ford Plaza
1345 – Spark the Fire Pitch Competition – Round II
1700   Rooms C101, P101, E104
During the second half of the day, thirty-six GES+ Round 1 pitch participants will have the opportunity to pitch their company to a panel of investors.
1345   GES+ Master Classes
GES+ entrepreneurs will divide into three Master Classes for immersive sessions taught by experts in the field. Participants can select from three classes:
Master Class I – Product Brainstorming 101
Room M104

  • Gal Josefsberg – Instructor, General Assembly

Coming up with new products is a difficult task, but it doesn’t have to be. There are several easy techniques for coming up with new product ideas. This class will focus on three of these techniques.

  •  “Brand” for a “different market” – Applying what works in market one and transferring it to another.
  • Best of both worlds – Analyze the advantages of a certain winning product to see why it’s winning. Then apply that advantage to a different product.
  • Stale markets – Analyze markets and look at where innovation has been stalled for too long. These markets are often ripe for disruption and innovation. Think about how you can take modern technology and improve that market.

Master Class II – Design Thinking with Sprout and Stanford D School
Koret-Taube 130

  • Susie Wise – K12 Lab Network Director, d.school, Stanford University
  • Peter Worth – Professional Development Experience Designer, d.school, Stanford University
  • Stephanie Chen – Research & Insights, Immersive Computing Team, HP
  • Debbie Ledbetter – HP Life Partnership Manager, HP
  • Jim Vanides – Head of Social Innovation & Sr. Education Advisor, HP

Attendees will explore how design thinking can play a powerful role for discovery, inspiration, empathy, and rapid prototyping as part of an entrepreneur’s toolkit. This session will utilize human-centered design in an immersive challenge experience. The d.school will lead a rapid cycle design challenge with support from HP.
Master Class III – Courageous Entrepreneurship
Barnes/McDowell – Fischer Conference Center

  • Cesar Gonzalez – StartingBloc

 Entrepreneurship is nothing but a series of courageous conversations – asking for funding; making your first hire; negotiating a sale; working through co-founder issues. Your success as entrepreneur can be measured by the number of courageous conversations you are willing to have. In this workshop we learn how to identify them, prepare for them, and have them, well.
1600   Ignite Talks
Fifteen minute talks by high level leaders in the field of entrepreneurship and business for all GES+ entrepreneurs.
Emcee: Evan Ryan, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State

  • Marne Levine – Chief Operating Officer, Instagram
  • Patrick Collison – Co-Founder, Stripe

1700   Final Pitch Competition
CMEX Auditorium
Six winning companies from the afternoon Round 2 pitch competition will compete on the main stage in front of panel of judges for a chance to win funding, prizes and valuable mentorship.
Final Judging Panel

  • Rob Veres – Venture Partner, Omidyar Network
  • Ganesh Rasagam – InfoDev, World Bank
  • Chuck Dietreich –  Microsoft
  • Natalie Villalobos – Google
  • Elizabeth Gore – Dell Entrepreneur in Residence

1800   Closing & Award Ceremony
CMEX Auditorium
1830   GES Opening Reception presented by Silicon Valley Bank
Arrillaga Alumni Center


THURSDAY, JUNE 23

0800    Registration
0900    Opening Plenary
Memorial Auditorium
Welcome Remarks

  • Senior USG Official

Entrepreneurial Inspiration
TED-style Talks:

  • Reid Hoffman – Entrepreneur, Executive, and Investor 
  • Sheila C. Johnson – Founder and CEO, Salamander Hotels and Resorts

Fireside Chats:

  • Travis Kalanick, CEO, Uber Technologies, and Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama
  • Brian Chesky, Founder and CEO, Airbnb, and Aileen Lee, Founder, Cowboy Ventures

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Success Stories from Previous GES:

  • Moderator: Chamath Palihapitiya – Founder and CEO, Social Capital
  • Cheryl Yeoh – former CEO, Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Center (MaGIC), Malaysia 
  • Bedriye Hulya – Founder of b-Fit, Turkey
  • Prashant K. (PK) Gulati, The Smart Start Fund
  • Youssef Chaqor – Founder and General Manager of Kilimanjaro Environment, Morocco
  • Marion Moon – Founder-Director, Wanda Organic Limited, Kenya

1130    Lunch
1130    Office Hours (invite only)
Faculty Building East and Google for Entrepreneurs, Ford Plaza
1130    GIST Tech-I Pitch Competition
Burnham Pavilion
The GIST Tech-I Pitch Competition is an annual competition for science and technology entrepreneurs from 135 emerging economies.  Over 1000 young innovators applied with a pitch video and summary. Applications were reviewed first by a panel of experts and then by the online voting public to determine the top 30.  Come see GIST’s 15 Idea Stage finalists compete for a share of the $70,000 USD prize pot.
1300    Speed Networking (invite only)
Encina Hall
1300    Breakout 1 – Solving Tomorrow’s Global Challenges
Cemex Auditorium
The future’s most pressing challenges will only be solved by those willing to take bold risks in business and research. This panel will feature world renowned innovators and entrepreneurs, all of whom are at the forefront of solving the challenges of tomorrow.
Speakers:

  • Moderator: SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet 
  • Rob Nail – Associate Founder and CEO, Singularity University 
  • Anne Wojcicki – CEO and Co-Founder, 23andMe 
  • Steve Ciesinski – President, SRI International 
  • Daniel Lubetzky – Founder and CEO, KindSnacks 

Breakout 2 – Igniting Silicon Valley to Accelerate Global Entrepreneurship
Bechtel Conference Center

How is the age of globalization igniting Silicon Valley? This panel will explore how Silicon Valley has started to become actively involved in emerging markets. Hear investors share both successes and lessons learned, and the importance of investors not just supporting entrepreneurs, but also needing to understand and support the local ecosystem.  One of the key constraints that entrepreneurs face is access to and retention of top-caliber talent.  RippleWorks CEO Doug Galen presents findings of a new RippleWorks report done in collaboration with McKinsey and Omidyar Network that investigates the talent gaps faced by emerging market entrepreneurs. Then the panel digs deeper to identify how Silicon Valley can support global entrepreneurs, specifically how capacity building and knowledge transfer can occur by engaging employees from Silicon Valley’s top corporations.  The panel ends by exploring how corporations are looking to invest in emerging market entrepreneurs, often as part of their existing/future value chains, and as M&A opportunities for investing in innovation.

Speakers:

  •  Moderator: Sue Siegel – CEO, GE Ventures
  • Sheel Tyle – Principal and Co-Head of Seed Practice, New Enterprise Associates 
  • Timothy Draper – Founding Partner, DFJ Venture
  • Doug Galen – Co-Founder and CEO, RippleWorks 
  • Randall Kempner – Executive Director, Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) 

Breakout 3 – What Attracts Venture Capital/Private Equity
McCaw Hall
Panel explores how (a) investing in emerging markets is a very mainstream activity; (b) major investors are active and investing in great companies; and (c) there are sophisticated Private Equity/Venture Capital firms from these markets.
Speakers:

  • Moderator: Kate Mitchell – Co-Founder and Partner, Scale Venture Partners  
  • Jim Sorenson – Chairman, Sorenson Impact Foundation
  • Nagraj Kashyap – VP and Global Head, Microsoft Ventures 
  • Shiza Shahid – Co-Founder and CEO, Malala Fund
  • Antonio Gracias – CEO, Valor Equity Partners 
  • Victor W. Hwang –VP of Entrepreneurship, Kauffman Foundation 

Breakout 4 – Preparing for Growth
Koret –Taube Conference Center

The lifecycle of a company changes from the day you launch your web site until an IPO or acquisition. Growth starts when you hire your first employee and continues as you seek funding, acquire competitors and ultimately get that millionth customer. Every company will go through the stages of the business life cycle and encounter different challenges that require different solutions. From development, start-up, survival, expansion, to maturity, businesses will require a different strategy when it comes to market penetration, business development, and market share. As a business matures, operations and priorities will change. This panel will compare and contrast these challenges and share valuable lessons for growing entrepreneurs.

Speakers:

  •  Moderator: Karen Quintos – Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Dell  

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  • Rob Mee – CEO, Pivotal
  • Carolyn Rodz – Founder and CEO, Circular Board 
  • Keith J. Krach – Chairman and CEO, DocuSign
  • Patrick Collison – Co-Founder, CEO, Stripe 

1400    Transition
1400    Office Hours (invite only)
 Google for Entrepreneurs, Ford Plaza

1415    Breakout 5 – Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership
Cemex Auditorium

Join successful and influential women who will share their experiences and offer advice on building entrepreneurial ecosystems across the globe, accessing capital, fostering diverse talent, and what it takes to be an effective leader.
    Speakers:

  • Moderator: Secretary Penny Pritzker
  • Ruth Porat – CFO and Senior Vice President, Google and Alphabet Inc. 
  • Ann H. Lamont – Managing Partner, Oak HC/FT 
  • Nina Vaca – Chairman and CEO, Pinnacle Group 
  • Nermin Sa’d – Founder, Handasiyat.net 

Breakout 6 – Entrepreneurship in Africa: “Glocal (global and local) capital for SSA Entrepreneurs”
Koret-Taube Conference Center
We know Africa is the hot spot for technology innovation, however the lack of early stage capital from both local and international investors is slowing down the pace of technology catalyzing Africa’s leadership of the digital economy. This panel explores how investors from Silicon Valley can partner with investors from Africa to bring mentoring and early stage capital to Sub-Saharan African entrepreneurs.
Speakers:

  • Moderator: Linda Etim, Assistant Administrator for Africa, USAID 
  • Eric Osiakwan – Tech Entrepreneur and Angel Investor, Chanzo Capital 
  • Esther Dyson – Executive Founder, Way to Wellville
  • Ganesh Rasagam – Practice Manager, World Bank Group Global Practice on Trade and Competitiveness
  • Mamadou Kwidjim Toure – Chairman and CEO, Ubuntu Capital

Master Class 1 – Crowdfunding and Angel Investing
Fischer Conference Center
Many entrepreneurs worldwide find themselves unable to access traditional sources of funding through conventional banking systems.  This panel focuses on alternative sources of financing:  angel investing and crowd funding.  Attendees will gain insights from expert panelists representing both of these exciting sectors.
Speakers:

  • Moderator: Stephanie Marrus – Director, UCSF Entrepreneurship Center 
  • Loretta McCarthy – Managing Partner, Golden Seeds LLC 
  • Kevin Laws – Chief Investments Officer, Angelist 
  • Debbie Sterling – CEO and Founder, GoldieBlox
  • Jason Best – Co-Founder and Principal, Crowdfund Capital Advisors

Master Class 2 – How to Build a Startup Ecosystem from Scratch in an Emerging Market
Fischer Conference Center
Silicon Valley has fueled startup fever the world over. From Mumbai to Mexico City, men and women in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East are trying their hands at being an entrepreneur. Yet as Silicon Valley proves, an entrepreneur is only one part of startup success. Context  – where you are an entrepreneur matters. In this panel we will take a look at the birth, evolution, and scale of entrepreneurial ecosystems worldwide; systems that are poised to yield unicorns in the next decade.
Speakers:

  • Moderator: Elmira Bayrasli – Co-Founder, Foreign Policy Interrupted
  • Ruangroj “Krating” Poonpol – Partner, 500 Startups
  • Richard van Hoolwerff – Country Manager, SPARK 
  • Donna Harris – Co-Founder, 1776 
  • Andrew Yang – Founder & CEO, Venture for America 
  • Amy Stursberg – Executive Director, Blackstone Charitable Foundation

Master Class 3 – How to Pitch a VC
Fischer Conference Center
Frank Chen is a partner at Andreessen Horowitz and leads the firm’s research and deal team. In this session, Frank will walk entrepreneurs through how to pitch a venture capital firm and offer best practices from what data is important to walking through the founder’s story
Master Class 4 – Bootstrapping and Non-Commercial Financing
Fischer Conference Center
Focus on the growing network of non-commercial funders targeting entrepreneurs as an engine for economic growth and poverty reduction.
Speakers:

  • Cory Johnson – Anchor, Bloomberg(invited)
  • Sangu Delle – Founder and CEO, Golden Palm Investments 
  • Nico Jose (Nix) Nulledo – Chairman and CEO, Xurpas  
  • David Gluckman – Co-Founder, Lumkani 
  • Hind Hobeika – Founder, Instabeat

Master Class 5 – Blitz Scaling: Best Practices, Partnerships, Culture, Technology, and Tools as You Swiftly Grow your Brand
Seawell Boardroom
The session will focus on people practices and culture at all stages of growth; how you establish practices to scale as you scale, and strategies and insights for managing and strengthening a workforce. As you blitz-scale, how do you take innovation to the next level? Even if you’re not a tech company, do you have the tech knowledge you need, and when you find technology that is interesting to you, do you partner with it or acquire it?
Speakers:

  • Moderator: Elizabeth Gore – Entrepreneur in Residence, Dell
  • Jeff Wong – Global Chief Innovation Officer, Ernst &Young 
  • Prasad Setty – Vice President of People Analytics, Google
  • Adeo Ressi – CEO, Founder Institute
  • Javier Soltero – Corporate Vice President of Outlook, Microsoft

Master Class 6 – Y Combinator Unlocked: How to Build a Successful Startup
McClelland Building
Y Combinator Partner Michael Seibel and Y Combinator COO Qasar Younis will be interviewed by Claire Lee, Head of Early Stage at Silicon Valley Bank, in a session on how to build a successful startup.  They will give interactive advice on the YC application process and invite all GES entrepreneur delegates to apply to the Y Combinator.
Master Class 7 – Secrets of Silicon Valley
McClelland Building
Educating attending entrepreneurs via real example of how they can best leverage Silicon Valley to access experience, knowledge, best practices, raise investment, and develop business and distribution partners.  A panel of 3-5 early stage non-U.S. based startup Founders/CEOs who managed to get Silicon Valley VCs to invest in their startups and/or entering the U.S. market by establishing platform channels with large U.S. corporations.
Speakers:

  • Moderator: Fadi Bishara – Founder and CEO, Blackbox VC
  • Risto Lähdesmäki – CEO & Co-Founder, Idean 
  • Vinny Lingham – CEO & Co-Founder, Civic Technologies, Inc.  
  • Marcin Treder – CEO & Co-Founder, UXPin  
  • Joy Ajlouny – Co-Founder, Fetchr 

Master Class 8 – Bridging the Missing Middle via Ecosystem Development and Local Investing
Faculty East Building
Even the most capable entrepreneurs are not able to grow businesses in many emerging markets due to lack of local investment resources. Please join the panel as they discuss different ways to get funding to the missing middle – companies that are beyond friends & family funding, but too small for banks or venture growth capital.  The panel comprises a diverse set of experts, including private and public sources of investment, business readiness firms, and incubators who will discuss innovative solutions for getting companies across the funding valley of death and help build sustainable local ecosystems.
Speakers:

  • Nikunj Jinsi – Global Head, Venture Capital, IFC
  • Andreas Zeller – Co-Founder, Open Capital Advisors 
  • Will Poole – Co-Founder, Unitus Seed Fund and Capria Accelerator 
  • Erik Wallsten – Managing Partner, New Ventures 
  • Randa Masri – Founder and CEO, ConnectME 

Master Class 9 – For-Benefit Entrepreneurship in Action: Global Leadership for Sustainable Development
Faculty East Building
In September 2015 President Obama, along with the leader of every country in the world, committed to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a bold set of 17 global goals and 169 targets to be achieved by 2030. The SDGs are a powerful expression of leaders and citizens committing to a brighter future that offers a unifying, universal vision toward which all countries can move. The SDGs converge social, economic and environmental goals, and chart the course to solve the world’s most pressing problems. But the price tag to achieve them is no less than US $4 trillion per year. With a cost that dwarfs government budgets and philanthropy combined, the only path to success is a huge expansion of social finance, and an exponential growth in for-benefit businesses – enterprises that aim for positive social and environmental impact, not just financial return.
Our panelists are leaders in this field who are changing the landscapes in which they work, from Zimbabwe to India to Silicon Valley. Our speakers will share their successes and challenges, and illuminate how for-benefit entrepreneurship is contributing to the SDGs and how impact investment can drive more capital into sectors that will help achieve them. The session will be an interactive discussion that aims to catalyze new commitments and partnerships for action in 2016 and beyond.
Speakers:

  • Moderator: Heather Grady – VP, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors
  • Strive Masiyiwa – Founder and Executive Chairman, Econet 
  • Radhika Shah – Co-President Stanford Technology Innovation Club Stanford Angels & Entrepreneurs 
  • Heerad Sabeti – Convening Trustee of Fourth Sector Networks, Advisor of the B Team, founding member of the Institute for Fourth Sector Development 
  • Sanvar Oberoi – Co-Founder and Director of Finance and Digital Technology, Bombay Hemp Company (BOHECO) 

1430    Office Hours (invite only)
 Faculty Building East
1430    GIST Tech-I Pitch Competition
 Burnham Pavilion
The GIST Tech-I Pitch Competition is an annual competition for science and technology entrepreneurs from 135 emerging economies.  Over 1000 young innovators applied with a pitch video and summary. Applications were reviewed first by a panel of experts and then by the online voting public to determine the top 30.  Come see GIST’s 15 Startup Stage finalists compete for a share of the $70,000 USD prize pot.
1515    Coffee Break
1600    Speed Networking (invite only)
Encina Hall
1600    Breakout 7 – Impact Investing: Houseboat or Brunch? 
Cemex Auditorium
What’s all the fuss over impact investing anyway? Engage with this panel of fearless investors as they debate the rise of impact investing, the trade-offs between profit and purpose, and the barriers to tipping good intent to action. You vote – houseboat or brunch?
Speakers:

  • Moderator: Jean Case – Philanthropist and CEO, Case Foundation
  • Nancy Pfund – Founder and Managing Partner, DBL Partners
  • Andrew Beebe – Co-Founder and Managing Director, Obvious Ventures 
  • Matthew J. Bannick – Managing Partner, Omidyar Network 
  • Jacqueline Novogratz – Founder and CEO, Acumen 

Breakout 8 – Silicon Valley to Silicon Burma: Creating Startup and Investor Ecosystems Around the World
Bechtel Conference Center
Healthy entrepreneurial climates help startups succeed ‒ even in nascent ecosystems where access to funding is limited. How can emerging markets provide support for founders and help them develop successful startups? 500 Startups Founding Partner, Dave McClure will show a strategy for scaling startup investment and developing robust startup ecosystems that can be replicated globally. 500 Startups Partner, Monique Woodard, highlights the $2.5 trillion in combined black and Latino purchasing power and shifting market forces that are shaping the future economy and creating the next big emerging market ‒ right here in the United States. She will highlight success stories from the 500 Startups portfolio and their vision to unlock capital and resources that will make them the most active investor in black and Latino founders.
Speakers:

  • Dave McClure –Founding Partner, 500 Startups 
  • Monique Woodard – Venture Partner, 500 Startups 

Breakout 9 – China Entrepreneurship
McCaw Hall

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In a challenging global macro environment, innovation offers hope for growth in China. For a country going through a challenging transition from an investment-based manufacturing-oriented economy to a consumption-led service-driven economy, innovation will be key to separate winners from losers in a fiercely competitively environment. This panel comprises leaders of China’s burgeoning class of successful entrepreneurs and the investors who are funding them. They will offer their views of the current climate for entrepreneurship in China and the prospects for innovation-driven growth.

Speakers:

  • Moderator: Hong “Helen” Qiao, Chief Economist for Greater China, Bank of America/Merrill Lynch
  • Robin Li – Founder, Chairman, and CEO Baidu   
  • Feng Deng – Founder, Northern Light Capital 
  • Jean Liu – President, DiDi Chuxing 
  • Professor Shoucheng Zhang – Founder, Danhua Capital; professor of physics, Stanford University

Breakout 10 – Cashing Out: The Potential for FinTech for Emerging Markets
Koret-Taube Conference Center
Over the past 3 years, a wave of technology companies using software and the Internet to disrupt and disaggregate traditional banking has popularized the term “FinTech.” The promise of these companies is that they will lower costs and give consumers, borrowers and investors more choice, all while reducing risk in the system. In emerging markets where 90% of transactions are still in cash and more than half of people are still outside the formal financial system, what are the real opportunities for FinTech to accelerate inclusion, investment, digitization and stability?
Speakers:

  • Moderator: Mark Straub, Managing Director,  Khosla Impact 
  • Amee Patel, Senior Investment Officer, Venture Lab
  • John Kunze, Vice President, Xoom-Paypal

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    (invited)

  • Daniel Jung, Co-Founder, Branch.co
  • Sebastian Serrano, CEO, BitPagos
  • Shola Akinlade, Founder, Paystack

1745    Dell PolicyHack Powered by the Kauffman Foundation
Cemex Auditorium
Join Dell and the Kaufmann Foundation for an interactive policy hack-a-thon that tasks teams of entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, youth and policy experts to design solutions to pressing global policy challenges faced by entrepreneurs.  Five teams will have five minutes to pitch their idea to a panel of experts and a wider audience.  Then, the audience – you- will vote for the winning solution.  The winning team will receive a Dell product and commitment from Dell and the Kauffman Foundation to help further develop the proposal.
    


FRIDAY, JUNE 24

0930    Partner Plenary
Memorial Auditorium
1115    Coffee/Networking
1145    Breakout 11 – Trends in Entrepreneurship that are Changing the World
Cemex Auditorium
Access to technology, financing and human capital is rapidly evolving for startup ecosystems around the world. Mary Grove, Director of Google for Entrepreneurs, discusses four key entrepreneurship trends in this evolution and how startups, community leaders and governments can take advantage of them.
Speaker:

  • Mary Grove, Director, Google for Entrepreneurs 

Breakout 12 – Entrepreneurship in the Middle East:  Youth Tech and Entrepreneurship: Unlocking the Middle East’s Economic Potential
Koret-Taube Conference Center
The rapidly increasing access to technology in the Middle East and the region’s comparatively young population (over 30 of which are between the ages of fifteen and twenty-nine) are the two main factors contributing to a quiet technological and societal transformation in the Middle East. Creating an economic ecosystem conducive to technology-enabled entrepreneurship is crucial for this transformation. This panel will focus on how to unlock the Middle East’s economic potential.
Speakers:

  • Moderator: Al Jazeera Journalist
  • Christopher Schroeder – Entrepreneur, Advisor, and Investor
  • Sharif El-Badawi – Partner lead to Startup and VCs, Google, Tech Wadi
  • Wafa AlObaidat – Chief Executive Officer and Creative Director, Obai & Hill
  • Rami Al Karmi – Chairman and CEO of F03 Venture Partners
  • Roula Moussa – Founder and Managing Partner, Netways (invited)

Master Class 10 – The Shared Economy and Emerging Markets
Fischer Conference Center
Driven by the ubiquity of smartphones and the emergence of peer-to-peer platforms, the sharing economy has grown rapidly in recent years and has tremendous potential to empower entrepreneurs, create jobs, and deliver valuable services around the world. This panel explores how the model is being adapted and refined in order to meet new demands in emerging markets.
Speakers:

  • Moderator: Chris Garcia – Managing Principal, Chris Garcia & Associates LLC
  • Hanzade Doğan Boyner – Founder and CEO, Hepsiburada 
  • Kira Wampler – CMO, Lyft 
  • Jehiel Oliver – Founder and CEO, Hello Tractor 

Master Class 11 – Impact Startups 2020:

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Fischer Conference Center

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Startup founders need to build for the future today. How is technology in frontier markets changing and what do startups and impact investors need to do to succeed by 2020? How will high Android/smartphone penetration, mobile money, big data and artificial intelligence affect business plans and team building? 
Speakers:

  • Moderator: Sandhya Hegde – General Partner, Khosla Impact
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    DD Ganguly – President, iMerit  

  • Mansoor Hamayun – CEO and founder, Bboxx
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    Marie Leznicki – VP,  Bridge International (invited)

  • Jim Watson – CEO and Managing Director, Presidio Partners

Master Class 12 – Education technology
Fischer Conference Center
Speakers:

  • Moderator: Wendy Guillies – President and CEO, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation 
  • Tariq Fancy – CEO and founder, Rumie 
  • Daphne Koller – Co-Founder, Coursera 
  • Ala Alsallal – Founder and CEO, Jamalon 
  • Nate Hurst – Chief Sustainability and Social Impact Officer, HP

Master Class 13 – Operating in Low-Tech Environments
Fischer Conference Center
This panel has experience operating in low-tech environments across the globe. This session will outline the solutions the panelists have created to meet the challenges of operating in low-tech environments, as well as outlining the future opportunities that traditionally low-tech environments offer to entrepreneurs.
Speakers:

  • Moderator: Kamau Gachigi – Executive Director, Gearbox
  • Idriss al Rifai – Founder Fetchr
  • Anup Akkihal – CEO and Co-Founder, Logistimo
  • Kamau Gachigi – Executive Director, Gearbox 
  • Laura Stachel – Co-Founder and Executive Director, We Care Solar 

Master Class 14 – An Immigrant’s Story
Seawell Boardroom
Leaving your home to start a new life in another country involves something inherently entrepreneurial. Perhaps that is why immigrants tend to start businesses at a disproportionately higher rate than native-born Americans. This session will discuss what it takes to be an entrepreneur in a country not your home.
Speakers:

  • Moderator: Derek Andersen – Founder and CEO, Start Up Grind
  • Mike Krieger – Co-Founder, Instagram  
  • Julie Hanna – Executive Chair of the Board, Kiva 
  • Manan Mehta – Founding partner, Unshackled 

Master Class 15 – Entrepreneurship in Sub-Saharan Africa: Infrastructure and the Enabling Environment
McClelland Building
This session will analyze the technology entrepreneurship ecosystems in SSA and highlight the infrastructure needs, gaps, and opportunities.  Participants will present current market solutions that are creating an enabling environment for Africa’s digital entrepreneurs and discuss the next wave of market opportunities across leading industries.
Speakers:

  • Moderator: Stephen Ozoigbo, CEO, African Technology Foundation
  • Alexandra (Lexi) Novitske – Principal Investment Officer, Singularity Investments
  • Breanna Zwart – Executive, Access Strategy Team, Google 
  • Adia Sowho – Director, Digital Business, Etisalat Nigeria 
  • Ime Archibong – Director, Global Product Partnerships, Facebook 
  • Kevin Connolly – Affordable Access Initiative, Business Development, Microsoft

Master Class 16 – Business Model Innovations
McClelland Building
We will discuss the very creative businesses that entrepreneurs build when they understand the way that people live and work locally, especially in emerging markets. A global panel of experts will give a fascinating set of examples of startups that embody business models inspired by their home markets.
Speakers:

  • Moderator: Deborah Magid – Director, IBM Venture Capital Group
  • Antonio Moraes Neto – Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Vox Capital 
  • Sati Rasuanto – Founding Managing Director, Endeavor Indonesia 
  • Toro Orero – Managing Partner, DraperDarkFlow 

Master Class 17 – Protecting Intellectual Capital
Faculty East Building
When you’re an entrepreneur, you create extraordinary content- and all of it is worth protecting. But where do you start? Join Master Class 17: Protecting Intellectual Capital for a discussion featuring Bahrain’s youngest inventor, the creator of the United Kingdom’s next hit mobile app, California’s premier legal aid to entrepreneurs, and a moderator with 35 years of business consulting experience.  This Master Class will teach you about the resources you need to own your brand, protect your intellectual property, and grow your business.
Speakers:

  • Moderator: Anthony Carroll – Senior Associate, Center for International and Strategic Studies (CSIS)
  • Laura Lee Norris – Assistant Clinical Professor of Law and Director, Entrepreneurs’ Law Clinic, Santa Clara University School of Law 
  • Matthew de la Hey – CEO & Co-Founder, Inploi 
  • Amina al Hawaj – Physiotherapist & Inventor 
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    Vikrum Aiyer – Chief of Staff, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Master Class 18 – How to Effectively Pitch Your Story to the Media
Faculty East Building
Pitching a convincing story or news angle requires preparation, focus, hard work and persistence – the same effort that goes into an investor pitch. There are close to 30 million businesses in the US so if you want your story pitch to be taken seriously, put in the time pitching a story you know will be read. To be heard, an entrepreneur needs to have a convincing story and one tailored to the media you are pitching.
Speaker:  

  • Rhett Power – Entrepreneur, Author, Business Columnist

1245     Lunch
1345    Speed Networking (invite only)
Encina Hall
1345    GIST Tech-I Pitch Competition
Burnham Pavilion
The GIST Tech-I Pitch Competition is an annual competition for science and technology entrepreneurs from 135 emerging economies.  Over 1000 young innovators applied with a pitch video and summary. Applications were reviewed first by a panel of experts and then by the online voting public to determine the top 30.  Come see GIST’s 15 Idea Stage finalists compete for a share of the $70,000 USD prize pot.

1345    Breakout 13 – David and Goliath Linking to International Supply Chains
Cemex Auditorium
Developing partnerships with governments and large corporations can be an important stepping stone for small and medium-sized businesses to scale and achieve new levels of growth.  This panel will feature corporate executives who have successfully assisted small and medium-sized businesses with entering their supply chains, both in the U.S. and internationally.  Through sharing best practices, delegates will learn how to build connections with corporations and take their businesses to the next level.
Speakers:

  • Mark Walsh – Associate Administrator, SBA Office of Investment & Innovation
  • Kelly Thompson – Senior Vice President, Global Category Development, Walmart Global eCommerce
  •  Parminder Vir – CEO, Tony Elemelu Foundation (invited)

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  • Emmett Vaughn – Director, Office of Diverse Business Empowerment, Exelon
  • David Mandelbrot, CEO, Indiegogo (invited)

Breakout 14 – Social Entrepreneurs: Drafting Blueprints for a Beyond-Better World
Bechtel Conference Center
Powered by partnerships across sectors and a spectrum of capital, social entrepreneurs are drafting blueprints to transform suboptimal systems and make real a more just, peaceful, and prosperous world.

As President and CEO of New America, Anne-Marie Slaughter, recently wrote in theFinancial Times: “It is interesting, and significant, that social entrepreneurs have found ways to work with government rather than around it.”

Come hear how social entrepreneurs around the world are catalyzing big, systems change by leveraging a range of investment models, approaches, and tools, and working with government, corporate, and civil society partners to scale their solutions. But they didn’t do this overnight–also learn about the challenges they faced and how they tackled them.
Speakers:

  • Sally Osberg – President and CEO, Skoll Foundation
  • Kamran Elahian – Chairman, BIT-AMENA Center for Building Innovation Economies, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley
  • Debbie Aung Din Taylor – Co-Founder, Proximity Designs
  • Gemma Mortensen – Chief Global Officer, Change.org
  • Yves Moury, Founder – President & CEO, Fundacion Capital 

Breakout 15 – Exponential Entrepreneurs: Driving Global Innovation through Robust Mentoring
McCaw Hall
The most talented entrepreneurs can – and do – change the world! And behind every amazing entrepreneur, there is almost always an equally amazing mentor – or a whole group of mentors. LinkedIn CEO Reid Hoffman has commented on the power of mentorship and networks that: “Life is a team sport. And, as much as entrepreneurs look like individuals who explore the desert by themselves in order to find riches, they are actually successful based upon their ability to find, build, connect, and collaborate with important networks.”

This panel will explore the idea that mentorship networks are reaching farther than ever before, bolstered by organizations like Endeavor and Village Capital, who have facilitated thousands of breakthrough mentoring connections over the past two decades, and that it is these “exponential entrepreneurs” who leverage the power of mentorship to multiply their own impact who become the biggest success stories.
Speakers:

  • Allen Taylor – Vice President, Global Network, Endeavor
  • Ross Baird – CEO, Village Capital
  • Zafer Younis – Partner, 500 Startups
  • Tania Zapata – Co-founder and Advisor, Bunny, Inc. 

Breakout 16 – How the U.S. Government Catalyzes Investment in Emerging Markets
Koret-Taube Conference Center
This session will show how U.S. government agencies like OPIC and USAID harness the power of entrepreneurs to drive economic growth, scale development innovations, and combat poverty. The panelists will examine how the U.S. government directly supports entrepreneurs to help them test innovations and become investment-ready; how we partner with investors to catalyze investment into entrepreneurs; and how we strengthen the ecosystems in which entrepreneurs operate by tackling the range of market barriers and failures.
Speakers:

  • Moderator: Michael Grossman – Director of Liquid Assets, New Island Capital
  • USAID Administrator Gayle E. Smith
  • Willy Foote – Founder and CEO, Root Capital
  • Milind Tavshikar – CEO, QuantumID

1400    Office Hours (invite only)
 Google for Entrepreneurs, Ford Plaza
1445    Coffee Break/Networking
1500    Breakout 17  Investing in South Asia: What’s Next for Entrepreneurship in India, Pakistan, and Beyond
Cemex Auditorium
From Bollywood to the world’s cheapest smartphone, South Asia is known for its creativity and innovation.  In recent years, this subcontinent has also become the fastest growing region in the world.  One factor for this success is that local entrepreneurs have not only attracted overseas investment to South Asia, but they have also reinvigorated “homegrown” and diaspora investors.  This session will highlight the robust investment environment in places such as India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka; explore considerations for making investments in the region; and preview what is on the horizon, including innovative business models that deliver both strong profits and meaningful social impact.
  
Speakers

  • Moderator: Neera Nundy – CEO, Dasra
  • Vineet Rai – Founder, Aavishkaar Intellecap Group
  • Jehan Ara – President, PASHA
  • Anis Uzzaman – General Partner and CEO, Fenox Venture Capital
  • Sumir Chadha – Managing Director, WestBridge Capital (invited)

Breakout 18 – Navigating the ASEAN Market: Successes and Challenges in Investing in Southeast Asia ASEAN Connect
Koret-Taube Conference Center
As an economic powerhouse with a predominantly young populace, Southeast Asia reigns supreme in entrepreneurship and investment opportunities.  This is one reason that innovation and entrepreneurship are featured so prominently under President Obama’s U.S. – ASEAN Connect initiative, announced in February.  The Innovation Connect pillar of U.S. – ASEAN Connect supports Southeast Asia’s emerging entrepreneurial ecosystem through policy support and direct engagement with entrepreneurs.  This Innovation Connect session will highlight investment successes and challenges in this incredibly diverse region, spanning from economic superpowers like Indonesia to frontier markets like Myanmar.  In what areas and industries do the greatest opportunities lie for investors?  What role can impact investing play in developing the startup ecosystem and elevating local communities to the next level?
Speakers

  • Moderator: Sonita Lontoh – Vice President Marketing, Siemens Digital Grid
  • Francisco “Paco” Sandejas – Managing Founder, Narra Ventures
  • Andy Zain – Managing Director, Kejora Ventures
  • Shuyin Tang – Principal, Unitus Impact
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    Noni Sri Ayati Purnomo – CEO, Blue Bird Group

Master Class 19 – The Creative Economy
Fischer Conference Center
Creative ideas and transformational thinking are key drivers of innovation and economic growth, but they need proper cultivation to become viable businesses. This panel – which includes avant-garde fashion designers, media producers, restaurateurs, and social advocates – will explore the entrepreneurial spirit and the ingredients for success in the creative economy.
Speakers:

  • Moderator: A/S Charles Rivkin
  • Juan Manuel Barrientos – creator and founder of the El Cielo restaurants
  • Eric Ortner – Principal Partner and President, The Ortner Media Group
  • Peter Thum – Founder, Fonderie 47 and Liberty United
  • Monica Garry – Senior Advisor, Alliance for Artisan Enterprise
  • Archel Bernard – Owner, The Bombchel Factory 

Master Class 20 – Ecosystem Hackathon
Fischer Conference Center

Attend a unique master class where you are the teacher. Participate in an immersive and interactive process – led by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and 8works Consulting – exemplifying how start up ecosystems are being built around the world. Join us as we harvest the collective intelligence of Summit participants, through sharing of ideas, stories and solutions to challenges of culture, connectivity, top-down enablement and the measurement of start-up ecosystems.
Speakers:

  • Todd Johnston – Principal, 8works
  •   Larry Jacob, Vice President of Public Affairs and Communications, Kauffman Foundation (invited)

Master Class 21 – Fireside Chat with YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki
Fischer Conference Center
Interviewed by Angie Chang, Vice President, Hackbright Academy, Founder of Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners
Master Class 22 – Applying Digital Technologies to Improve Agriculture Outcomes
Fischer Conference Center
A panel with field based AgTech entrepreneurs who are using innovative digital technologies to improve agriculture outputs in developing countries. Possible topics for discussion include: the importance of localization, barriers to scale, regulatory barriers, success stories on behavior change, promising new technologies.
Speakers:

  • Moderator: Daniel Spitzer – Chairman and CEO, Mountain Hazelnut Venture Limited
  • Esther Karwera – Chief Business Development Officer, AKORION Co. Ltd
  • Rikin Gandhi – CEO, Digital Green
  • Emmanuel Owusu Addai – CTO and Co-Founder, Farmerline
  • Stephanie Hanson – Vice President, One Acre Fund
  • Ellen Olafsen – Global Product Specialist on Growth, Entrepreneurship, Trade and Competitiveness, World Bank

Master Class 23 – Lessons From the Front Lines: How True Impact is Realized  
Seawell Boardroom
Hear first-hand from the Draper Richards Kaplan (DRK) Foundation team and their social entrepreneurs how to create real impact across the globe.  Join an intimate conversation with DRK’s most impactful social entrepreneurs who are addressing some of society’s most complex issues from healthcare to extreme poverty around the globe.  Since 2002, DRK has invested in over 100 social entrepreneurs who are impacting millions of lives around the globe with innovative and scalable solutions.  The latest fund brings the total capital they’ve stewarded to more than $100 million and have been the early stage capital for legendary social enterprises including Kiva, Room To Read, One Acre Fund and Grassroot Soccer, to name just a few.
Speakers:

  • Moderator: Jim Bildner – CEO, Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation
  • Ari Johnson – Co-Founder and CEO, Muso
  • Premal Shah – President and Co-Founder, Kiva
  • Chase Adam – Founder, Watsi
  • Sasha Chanoff – Co-Founder and Executive Director, Refuge Point
  • Shaun Church – President, Living Goods
  • Anushka Ratnayake – Founder and CEO, myAgro 

Master Class 24 – Energy: Off-Grid
McClelland Building
Off-grid energy solutions for hard-to-reach and underserved populations present a quickly growing market that includes a number of opportunities for innovation. As more enterprises enter this space, and investors show rapidly increasing interest, off-grid energy solutions such as household solar systems, are ready to scale.  This panel will dive into a conversation about the direction of clean energy and the impact that it will have on the future of development.  We will discuss emerging trends in this dynamic industry, including innovative off-grid business models, investor strategies, and how donor organizations are helping to set a pathway to sustainability and steady growth.
Speakers:

  • Moderator: Emily Kirsch – Co-Founder and CEO, Powerhouse Solar 
  • Xavier Helgesen – Co-FounderCEO, Off-Grid Electric
  • Arun Gore – President and CEO, GrayGhost Ventures
  • Sam Parker – Director, Shell Foundation 

Master Class 25 – Energy: The Green Economy
McClelland Building
The Green Economy refers to an economy that aims for sustainable development without degrading the environment by limiting environmental risks. With perspectives varying from academic research to on the ground implementation, the conversation will cover new technologies and approaches, including investable clean energy opportunities.  In this panel, speakers will discuss approaches to taking new technologies from Silicon Valley and building clean energy companies in the developing world.
Speakers:

  • Arun Majumdar – Co-Director, Precourt Institute for Energy, Stanford University
  • Sam Goldman – CEO and co-founder, d.Light
  • Hal Kruth – Chairman and CEO, Factor(E) 
  • Lesley Marincola –Founder and CEO, Angaza
  • Brad Mattson, Chairman of the Board, Husk Power

Master Class 26 – Healthcare Entrepreneurship
Faculty East Building
This session will explore how multinational giants and foundations, and asset managers, are investing millions in emerging market entrepreneurs in the health sector.
Speakers:

  • Moderator: Daniel Grossman – Senior Director, Emerging Markets and Global Health, Medtronic
  • Ken Gustavsen – Director, Corporate Responsibility, Merck
  • Ankur Vora – Director of Strategy, Gates Foundation
  • Indu Subaiya – Co-Chairman and CEO, Health 2.0 (invited)
  • Khawar Mann – Managing Director, The Abraaj Group 

Master Class 27 – Leveraging Partnership to Meet Growth Needs of Global Health Enterprises
Faculty East Building
The role of impact investment for social enterprises is a key theme of this year’s GES.  The actual flow of impact investment to the health sector, however, is lagging far behind other sectors.  According to a GIIN 2015 report, of the $9.3B disperses investments in East Africa today, only $1.4B (15%) is from private sector investors.  Of these, only $60M (~4%) is invested in the health sector.  As a result, many global health enterprises need to tap into public financing and leverage partnerships with private companies to meet their growth needs.  This panel brings together entrepreneurs who have successfully built partnerships with private companies, intermediaries who facilitate such connections, and USAID’s GHB as a public sector funder to discuss their experience making partnerships work.
Speakers:

  • Moderator: Carol Dahl – Executive Director, Lemelson Foundation
  • Tim Ring – Co-Founder, TEAMFund
  • Youseph Yazdi – Executive Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design
  • Krista Donaldson – CEO, D-Rev/Phoenix Medical Systems
  • Sebastian Manhart – Director of Business Development, Simprints 

1600    Coffee Break/Networking
1630    Breakout 19 – Entrepreneurship in the Americas
Koret-Taube Conference Center
In recent years, Latin America has emerged as a vibrant and fast-growing ecosystem that has sourced top entrepreneurs and global startups. In this panel, we will discuss exciting startup trends in the region and showcase stories of entrepreneurs who have discovered hidden market opportunities with global reach. The combination of the availability of technical and creative talent hungry to build the next big thing, as well as concerted efforts by governments to invest in the institutional frameworks that are conducive to innovation have made Latin America a fertile ground for founders. In this panel, we will discuss the landscape of innovation and entrepreneurship in the region, as well as feature stories of inspiring entrepreneurship journeys in the Americas.
    Speakers:

  • Rebeca Hwang – Managing Partner, Rivet Ventures
  • Karla Ruiz Cofiño – Founder, Digital Awareness
  • Henrik Scheel – founder and CEO, Startup Experience
  • Shadiah Sigala – Co-Founder and Head of People, HoneyBook 

Breakout 20 – Technology for Entrepreneurship with a Social Impact
Bechtel Conference Center
This panel will feature individuals whose companies are delivering advanced technological solutions to real societal problems.  These innovators will provide an authoritative opinion on how technology can and should be used to deliver social impact.
 Speakers:

  • Moderator: Doug Kramer, SBA Deputy Administrator
  • Gia Schneider – CEO, Natal Energy, Inc. (invited)
  • Gyanda Sachdeva – Director, Product Management, LinkedIn (invited)

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  • Gavin McIntyre – Co-Founder and Chief Scientist, Ecovative Design
  • Jim Fruchterman – Founder and CEO, Benetech

Breakout 21 – Emerging Global Technologies: Virtual Reality, Internet of Things, 3-D Printing
McCaw Hall
Please join this exciting session to learn about some of the hottest technology trends and how they relate to spurring entrepreneurship.  Virtual reality, the internet of things and 3D printing, robots and drones are all tangible tools that present opportunities for a wide range of start-ups.  Learn from the foremost experts in the field how you can get in the game.
Speakers:

  • Sunny Dhillon – Principal and Co-Founder, Signia Venture Partners
  • Helen Greiner – CEO, CyPhy Works, PAGE member
  • Emiliano Kargieman – Founder, Core Security Technologies
  • Ramesh Raskar – MIT Media Labs
  • Ashley Dara Dotz – Co-Founder, Field Ready
  • Curtis Sasaki – Vice President of Ecosystems and iOT General Manager, Samsung Strategy and Innovation Center 

Breakout 22 – Charting an Enduring Strategy: How Entrepreneurs Can Embrace Failure
Cemex Auditorium
This session explores how to translate setbacks and failure into success, and examines how in Silicon Valley, failure is perceived as having the courage to pursue a lot of big ideas, but in emerging markets, failure for entrepreneurs can be considered a dead-end. Hear how successful entrepreneurs have learned from mistakes and refused to accept ‘No’ as an answer on their way to building successful enterprises.
 Speakers:

  • Moderator: Laurie Yoler  Board Director – Investor and Strategic Advisor, Zoox Inc
  • Mike Shepherd – Managing Director, GrowthPoint Technology Partners 
  • Daymond John – CEO and Founder, Fubu 
  • Dilawar Syed – President, Freshdesk 
  • Herb Engert – Partner, Ernst &Young Private Equity Practice
  • Jacques Panis – President, Shinola (invited)

1645    GIST Tech-I Awards Ceremony
 Burnham Pavilion
The GIST Tech-I Pitch Competition is an annual competition for science and technology entrepreneurs from 135 emerging economies.  Over 1000 young innovators applied with a pitch video and summary. Applications were reviewed first by a panel of experts and then by the online voting public to determine the top 30.  The winners will be announced and cash prizes awarded.
Speakers:
•    Dan Price, Gravity Payments, Keynote
•    Natali Ardianto, Tiket.com, 2012 Tech-I finalist
•    Alvin Chai, Netizen Experience, 2013Tech-I finalist
•    David Gluckman, Lumkani, 2014 Tech-I finalist
1745    Closing Reception

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