18th Annual

Entrepreneurs  • Venture Capitalists  •  Ecosystem Partners

Join us for the opportunity to network, share updates on key venture industry topics, and mingle with 30+ of San Diego’s most exciting companies.

Wednesday September 23rd, 2020

Agenda

7:30AM

Breakfast w/ Companies

9AM

VC Speaker Sessions

11AM

Keynote

Tuesday September 22nd, 2020

3:30pm — 10pm

Demo Day

Ball Game

— VCs Only —

The Tuesday Demo Day and Ball Game are invite-only events.  If you represent a firm and would like to attend, please email team@connect.org.

If you are a startup and would like to demo, apply to be a Cool Company.

2019 Companies

2019 vc speakers

 B I O  T R A C K

Dispelling Venture Myths at the Intersection of Tech and Bio

Alice Cheng

Alice Cheng

Upfront Ventures

Alice joined Upfront in 2018, with a focus on biology and deep tech. Prior to joining Upfront, Alice spent two years at the Boston Consulting Group in San Francisco, where she advised enterprise technology and biopharma clients. Alice also supported business development and operations at the Rare Genomics Institute, a nonprofit connecting families in the rare disease space. Alice received her PhD in biomedical engineering from a joint program between the Georgia Institute of Technology, Emory University, and Peking University.

A Venture Capitalist View of the Future of Biotechnology

Mira Chaurushiya

Mira Chaurushiya

5AM Ventures

Mira Chaurushiya, Ph.D. joined 5AM Ventures in 2015 as an Associate and was promoted to Principal in 2018. Dr. Chaurushiya joined from Genentech where she was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Physiological Chemistry studying mouse models of cancer and stem cells. Prior to Genentech, she completed her Ph.D. work at the Salk Institute, where she studied Herpes Simplex Virus infections and epigenetics. Her work has been published in Science and PNAS, among others. 

Building a Biotech Company

Carol Suh

Carol Suh

ARCH Venture Partners

Carol is a Senior Associate with ARCH Venture Partners. Carol focuses on identifying and evaluating new life science technologies and also provides operating assistance to early-stage portfolio companies.  Carol is a stem cell biologist by training and combines her scientific expertise with experience on the business side of biotech. Prior to ARCH, Carol helped launch Magenta Therapeutics, a biotech company transforming the way bone marrow stem cell transplants are performed.

T E C H  T R A C K  1

Long-term opportunities in Industry Specific SaaS

Michael Yang

Michael Yang

Investment Group of Santa Barbara

Michael will discuss B2B SAAS. Investment Group of Santa Barbara (IGSB) is a private investment company and familyoffice focused on building world-class software businesses. We were founded in 1968 andhave never taken capital from outside investors. Over our 50+ year history we have builtmore than 30 companies as lead investors. IGSB makes direct investments in both privateand public companies emphasizing a concentrated portfolio and significant strategicinvolvement.rformed.

Start Up vs. Scale Up

Jack Freeman

Jack Freeman

Peakspan Capital

Jack joined PeakSpan Capital in 2016. Prior to joining PeakSpan, Jack was a team member in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications Investment Banking Group at Macquarie Capital where he evaluated principal investing opportunities, provided M&A advisory services and worked on a number of capital markets transactions with growth-stage technology businesses. 

The Global Tech Landscape & Current Trends in AI and Robotics

Jay Zhao

Jay Zhao

T Fund

As an entrepreneur-turned-VC, Jay has over 10 years of startup and venture capital experience and a proven track record of success. Jay currently manages T Fund, a global cross-border venture fund, and invests in tech companies across all stages. Jay was previously a senior director/partner at Walden Venture Capital, one of the pioneer venture capital firms in Silicon Valley.

T E C H  T R A C K  2

The Venture World in Tech Today

Brentt Baltimore

Brentt Baltimore

Greycroft Ventures

Prior to joining Greycroft, Brentt led business development at Operator Inc., a venture stage company in the conversational commerce space and worked on technology commercialization at Numenta Inc., an artificial intelligence research company. Brentt also worked at Detroit Venture Partners, where he led investment diligence and supported portfolio companies. Brentt started his career in investment banking at Credit Suisse in Los Angeles, focusing on leveraged buyouts and debt financing transactions.

Why You Don’t Need to Move Your Startup to SF

Susannah Duke

Susannah Duke

Pelion

“Suz” is an associate on the Pelion investment team, Suz focuses on building Pelion’s sourcing pipeline, performing due diligence, and working with existing portfolio companies. Suz is passionate about investing in companies that will change the world as we know it today. She is focused in sourcing interesting deals within Vertical SaaS and Frontier Tech, and spends time researching companies within industries she believes are ready for disruption.

Graduating From Seed? How to Nail Your Series A Fundraising Process

Chirag Chotalia

Chirag Chotalia

Threshold

Chirag is a partner at Threshold and invests in consumer-facing technology companies. He is on the board of directors of BentoBox and Loftium and is closely involved with Threshold’s investments in Front and LaunchDarkly.

2019 Keynote

    Phil Black

    Co-founder of True Ventures

    Phil is an early stage venture capitalist and co-founder of True Ventures. He learned the venture trade and met his future True Ventures co-founder during his time at Summit Partners. He held general partner positions for eight years prior to raising and investing a small angel fund called Blacksmith Capital, which became a seminal moment in his career of managing venture fund investments.

    Phil believes in risk-taking at the earliest stage and that startup founders benefit most when they are supported fully, both professionally and personally.

    Thank you to our amazing 2019 event sponsors!