Elevate Ventures‘ second annual Kinetic conference was a success in no small part to all of the speakers, sponsors, attendees, and volunteers that participated. Kinetic was designed to open doors for entrepreneurs and investors and focuses on fueling the growth of Indiana entrepreneurs, high growth startups and entrepreneurial ecosystems. Below are the slides and audio/video clips from the content sessions. The content sessions are in order of which they occurred (the timestamp was left to make it easier for people who attended to find a session they were looking for) and we provided the topic title, topic description, and the speakers for each session.
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8:00 AM | Keynote: Bobby Franklin, National Venture Capital Association
Description: Bobby Franklin will focus on the key policy issues that NVCA is advocating for in Washington that impact the venture industry as well as examine national VC trends and the overall impact the venture industry has on the U.S. economy.
Moderator: Elaine Bedel, Indiana Economic Development Corporation
Speaker: Bobby Franklin, National Venture Capital Association
(A) 9:00 AM | Effectively Managing Dilution
Description: Entrepreneurs bring incredible value to communities, from creating jobs to shaping the quality of life for families. Find out how cities and towns can proactively build a vibrant ecosystem that supports and attracts entrepreneurs to put down roots and grow.
Moderator: Aaron Gillum, 50 South Capital
Speaker: Jennifer Rhodes, Ice Miller
Speaker: Victor Gutwein, M25
(B) 9:00 AM | The Foolproof Formula for Finding Product-Market Fit
Description: Products and markets may be unique, but the path to finding product-market fit is not. It’s formulaic. This workshop will introduce the comprehensive, step-by-step market development formula that GrowthX has successfully used to help 100s of startup founders and corporate innovators around the world bring new products to market and build highly profitable and scalable businesses.
Moderator: Ritika Mahajan, Radian Capital
Speaker: Andrew Goldner, GrowthX
(A) 10:00 AM | Building Culture Intentionally
Description: Workplace culture is the character and personality of your organization. Organizations that invest time and energy into establishing clarity around this subject create an intentional culture. We’ve found some of the best owners of culture in Indiana and have asked them to share how they did it.
Moderator: Steve Pruden, Studio Science
Speaker: David DeRam, Greenlight Guru
Speaker: MT Ray, Cheetah Digital
Speaker: Andy Medley, PERQ
(B) 10:00 AM | VC Perspective on Metrics, Strategy, and Valuation
Description: As an early-stage or startup company, one of the most important things to understand is how venture capital firms evaluate companies. That is the litmus test for any business. When you are early stage, what metrics should you be tracking to interest VC firms? This panel of VC’s will share how companies can get their attention with metrics and keep it.
Moderator: Jane Martin, Retired
Speaker: Ryan Ziegler, Edison Partners
Speaker: Ron Watson, Lewis & Clark Ventures
Speaker: Andrew Schwartz, CIBC
(A) 11:00 AM | Talent Needs Evolve – Here’s How to Prepare
Description: Talent changes as you grow your company. What talents do you need early on, vs what can you outsource? When do you need a generalist vs specialist? Who can help you get to product market fit? How do you put your talent on a schedule? Join us as we answer all these questions and more.
Moderator: Mike Langellier, TechPoint
Speaker: Cali Harris, TechStars
Speaker: Mike Kelly, Fullstack
Speaker: Shane Fimbel, Trek10
(B) 11:00 AM | All About Non-Dilutive Capital Sources and Tax Credits
Description: Every scalable company qualifies for Federal and State Tax credits, but VERY few take advantage of them. Join this session to learn about the Federal and State tax credits that you can use today, what incentives Indiana offers, and when to file for these government incentives. Hint: it might be earlier then you think!
Moderator: Dave Roberts, Indiana Economic Development Corporation
Speaker: Carlos Freitas, Hull & Knarr
Speaker: Amy McDonald, KSM Location Advisors
Speaker: Adam Berry, Indiana Chamber of Commerce
1:00 PM | Born to be an Entrepreneur?
Description: Whether you were born an entrepreneur or not, it takes a great amount of skill and dedication to be a serial entrepreneur. How did they find their niche and strive to succeed at the next opportunity one after another? Find out during this session.
Moderator: Gene Rodriguez-Miller, KAR Auction
Speaker: Mike Simmons, Sharpen Technologies
Speaker: Wendy Lea, Chatham Group
Speaker: Scott McCorkle, MetaCX
Speaker: Mark Hill, Lumavate
(A) 2:00 PM | Trends in the Life Science Industry
Description: Technology, data, and updated processes are changing the way the life science industry functions. Learn how these changes may affect startups in Indiana.
Moderator: Nick Honigman, Pacific Western Bank
Speaker: Fritz French
Speaker: Maggie Galloway, Inscope Medical
Speaker: Teri Willey, IU Fund
(B) 2:00 PM | Trends in Software around Data, Analytics and Machine Learning
Description: Data is transforming how we think about software. We had software on the desktop, then online (tools), then we went to platforms (places to work), now data is telling us what the most important thing to be doing is. This discussion will give attendees insight into what the most important next steps are for sales/marketing and beyond.
Moderator: Barb Kew
Speaker: Rich Carlton, Aunalytics
Speaker: Joanna Milliken, Salesforce
Speaker: Bob Boehnlein, Clear Software
(A) 3:00 PM | Building Effective Venture-Backed Boards
Description: Duel fireside chat with venture investors and scale-up CEO’s on how they have worked together to overcome hurdles. Dive into the roles and responsibilities of each player, the expertise, dynamic and makeup of an effective board, and what’s appropriate in relation to communications.
Moderator: Jane Neiderberger
Speaker: Lisa Laughner, Go Electric
Speaker: Martin Low, On Target Laboratories
Speaker: Dennis Odell, Evergy Energy
(B) 3:00 PM | Hacking Account-Based Marketing
Description: Account-based marketing empowers businesses to be more efficient in sales acceleration and ultimately in closing deals. But applying an ABM strategy is no small feat. Ever wondered the best way to “hack” ABM? Let our panel help you put your best foot forward.
Moderator: Tim Kopp, Hyde Park Venture Partners
Speaker: Stephanie Cox, Lumavate
Speaker: Bryan Wade, Sigstr
Speaker: Kyle Lacy, Lessonly
(A) 4:00 PM | The Importance of the Sales Playbook
Description: Do you have a WELL documented sales process and/or sales playbook that enables you to scale your sales? Most companies don’t. Learn how the function of good processes can be a game-changer for your sales team.
Moderator: Frank Dale, Costello
Speaker: Brian Powers, PactSafe
Speaker: Raquel Richardson, Centric Consulting
Speaker: RJ Talyor, Pattern89
(B) 4:00 PM | Evaluating Exit Opportunities
Merger or Acquisition. Private Equity Sale. Initial Public Offering. Learn from founders on how they evaluated their exit opportunities to ensure a return for their self, their team, and their investors was achieved.
Moderator: Leslie Boyd, CLA
Speaker: Justin Wiseman – Prosolia
Speaker: John Miller, SMART Temps
Speaker: Ashley Vokltivs, Interactive Intelligence