2017 Top 100 North America: Agenda

Monday, June 12

7:00 – 9:00pm Welcome Cocktail & Registration

Tuesday, June 13

7:30 – 8:30            Breakfast & Registration

8:30 – 9:15            Opening Comments, Alex Vieux

9:15 – 9:45            Keynote Roundtable: Getting Funded

  • VC money is flowing to companies across the globe.  However, entrepreneurs still need to meet the right people and say the right things. What do investors look for when the sign a term sheet? At the same time, do you really need institutional venture money?

9:45 – 10:30 Keynote Session: Smart Money

  • What matters most when finding an investor? How can entrepreneurs ensure they get the funding they need while reaping the benefits of an experienced and knowledgeable mentor?

10:30 – 11:00       Coffee Break

11:00 – 11:45       Keynote Session: Lessons Learned

  • Entrepreneurs with invaluable experience share war stories  – what were the lessons they learned after years in the industry?

11:45 – 12:15 Keynote Session: The Drive to Innovate

  • As technology’s sophistication accelerates at an exponential rate, how can entrepreneurs ensure their companies stay ahead of the innovation curve? What factors need to be in place to ensure that creativity and the development of groundbreaking ideas can flourish?

12:30 – 1:30         Lunch

1:30 – 3:30            Presentations:  Top 100 North America Finalists

3:30 – 4:00            Coffee Break

4:00 – 6:00            Presentations:  Top 100 North America Finalists

7:00 – 9:00            Cocktail & Dinner Reception

Wednesday, June 14

7:30 – 8:30           Breakfast & Registration

8:30– 9:00            Opening Comments, Alex Vieux

9:00 – 9:45            Keynote Session: Great Expectations

  • Where are investors looking to invest now? What are the opportunities in 2017 and beyond?  Where do they see their dollars going over the next 18 months?

9:45 – 10:30          Keynote Roundtable: Success Stories

10:30 – 11:00       Coffee Break

11:00 – 11:30 Keynote Roundtable: Exits

Tech IPOs such as Alibaba, Facebook, GoPro, and Hortonworks have made headlines consistently over the past few years. Yet, there are far more M&A deals than IPOs. How do you make the right decision? When should you take the plunge?  Is there a clear map you can follow to make your way towards an exit?

11:30 – 12:00 Keynote Roundtable: Opening the Door to the Corporates

  • One of the most daunting hurdles an entrepreneur may face is doing a deal with a large corporate. The different culture, speed and set of priorities can make for a tricky encounter. How does a private company reach out to the giants? What is their vetting process?  How can they make sure to make a good first impression?

12:00 – 12:30 Keynote Roundtable: Managing Growth

  • Inflection points lead startups to reconsider and change their execution plans. Companies cross invisible lines with visible effects. How can companies pivot and adapt? Is there a common set of challenges inherent in scaling a company? Is there a secret sauce to the process, or just good old elbow grease?

12:30 – 1:30          Lunch

1:30 – 3:30            Presentations:  Top 100 North America Finalists

3:30 – 4:00            Coffee Break

4:00 – 6:00            Presentations: Top 100 North America Finalists

7:00 – 10:00          Red Herring 100 North America Award Ceremony & Dinner