Agenda & Speakers

Midwest Venture Showcase 2021  |  April 27-28  |  Virtual

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Tuesday, April 27

9:00 am

Keynote

Speaker:
Darren Cohen
Goldman Sachs
Partner, Asset Management
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Moderator:
Jason Hall
Greater St. Louis, Inc
Chief Executive Officer
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10:00 am

Why the Midwest is Important for Investment

The Midwest is a region of connections. Midwestern companies look to collaborate and plug each other into the local resources to help them succeed. What benefits are there for Venture Capital investors focusing on Midwestern companies? Learn how Midwestern startups can succeed.
Speaker:
Peter Y. Chung
Summit Partners
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer
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John Austin
Michigan Economic Center
Director
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Brian Hopcraft
Lewis & Clark Ventures
Managing Director & General Partner
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Lesa Mitchell
Techstars
General Manager of Americas
Moderator:
David Brophy
University of Michigan
Director of the Office for the Study of Private Equity Finance
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11:00 am

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Investing

Integrating a meaningful DEI lens to investing practices. Benefits of inclusive investing in the Midwest – benefits for the investors, the startups, and the resulting impact on the economy overall. DEI can shape the structure of the investing department, the work of investment committees, and investment choices.
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Jennifer Ehlen
Portfolia
Venture Partner, First Steps Fund
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Kim Yeung
BDC Venture Capital
Principal
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Philip Gaskin
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Vice President, Entrepreneurship
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Monica Wheat
Venture Catalysts
Founder + Executive Director
Moderator:
Charli Cooksey
WEPOWER
Founder & CEO
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12:00 pm

Midwest Unicorns are Real

A private startup company that has soared to a $1 billion valuation or higher. With more than 600 unicorns around the world, including those based in the Midwest. This is an opportunity to hear from a few on their stories.
Speaker:
Dug Song
Duo Security, Inc
Founder and CEO
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Jake Cohen
StockX
Board Member
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Bill Priemer
Hyland
President & CEO
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Todd Mockler
Benson Hill
CTO
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1:00 pm

Company Pitches by Industry Track

Tracks: Food / Agriculture, Life Sciences, Medical Devices, Tech IT / Other
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Tech IT / Other (Track 1)
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Wednesday, April 28

9:00 am
Sponsored by Husch Blackwell

An Entrepreneurs Checklist for a Successful Capital Raise

Speaker:
Jeff Stowell
Royal Street Ventures
Co-founder and Managing Director
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Myers Dill
Husch Blackwell
Senior Associate
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Dr. Daniel Sindelar
Keystone Bio
Co-Founder & CEO
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MODERATOR:
Jenny Witt
Husch Blackwell
Senior Associate
10:00 am
Sponsored by Consulate General of Canada

Ag Innovation Case Study: Ingredion & Protein Industries Canada

Interested in how one of the largest ingredient companies in North America is tackling the industry's biggest trend, plant-based proteins? Join Bill Greuel, CEO of Protein Industries Canada, and Michael Natale, Global Leader of Plant Based Proteins at Ingredion in conversation with Laura Dalby, Consul and acting Senior Trade Commissioner of the Consulate General of Canada in Chicago to learn more about Canada’s global leadership in plant-based protein development and welcoming innovation ecosystem.
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Mike Natale
Ingredion Incorporated
Global Leader of Plant Based Proteins
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Bill Greuel
Protein Industries Canada
CEO
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MODERATOR:
Laura Dalby
Consulate General of Canada in Chicago
Senior Trade Commissioner
11:00 am
Sponsored by CBIZ

Perspectives on Raising Capital

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Scott Hansen
LeadSigma
Founder and CEO
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MODERATOR:
John Shoemaker
CBIZ
Managing Director
12:00 pm
Sponsored by Bank of America

Creating a digital edge: Why forming a long-term digital strategy is essential to business success.

Julie Harris, Chief Digital Executive, Global Banking at Bank of America will provide perspective on the rapid acceleration in digital innovation that occurred in 2020, and what that means for businesses as they move forward in their digital journey. She will also share insights into emerging trends, tech and solutions designed to help businesses do things faster, smarter and more securely.
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Julie Harris
Bank of America
Head of Global Banking Digital Strategy
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MODERATOR:
Marilyn Bush
Bank of America
Business Banking Market Executive, Gateway Market
1:00 pm

University Technology Transfer Track

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Jeff Sloan
StartupNation
Founder & CEO
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MODERATOR:
Mike Psarouthakis
University of Michigan Office of Tech Transfer
Director, Venture Center, Managing Director, Accelerate Blue Fund
Sponsored by Stifel Bank

Debt Financing Market Overview

Overview of the Venture Debt landscape as you're contemplating your equity raise. Phil Gager provides prospective on the capital structure overall. Venture Debt is increasingly becoming part of how VC backed, emerging growth companies are financing themselves.

  • Bank regulated lenders
  • Fund and BDC structured lenders
  • Other Lenders including: royalty finance players, monthly recurring revenue based lenders, and Fintech point solutions
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Phil Gager
Stifel Bank - Venture Lending
Managing Director
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Sponsored by TechAccel

FOLLOW THE MONEY: Falling costs propel RNAi’s expansion into agriculture and animal health

In this webinar, experts from TechAccel's subsidiary RNAissance Ag will discuss:

• The history, challenges, and basicbiology of RNAi

• Recent advances in RNAi manufacturingand formulation

• RNAi’s near-term applications and mid-to long-term possibilities in plant agriculture and animal health

Speaker:
Bert Berla, Ph.D.
RNAissance Ag
Senior Scientist
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Candace Seeve, Ph.D.
TechAccel
Senior Science Advancement Manager
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Emily Aston, DVM, Ph.D.
TechAccel
Science Advancement Manager
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Sponsored by U.S. Bank

Redefine your business with technology

Speaker:
Lucy Diasio
U.S. Bank
Senior Vice President, Receivables Group Product Manager
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John Melvin
U.S. Bank
Vice President, Working Capital Consultant
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Sponsored by Signature Bank

Venture Debt 101        

Speaker:
Michael Fulton
Signature Bank
Managing Director, Venture Capital Services
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Jeff Lampe, CFA
Signature Bank
Managing Director, Technology
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Justin McDonie
Signature Bank
Managing Director, Life Sciences
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Sponsored by Husch Blackwell

Why Startups Should Consider Litigation Risks

Most startups initially focus on incorporation, funding, and protecting their intellectual property, which is logical and practical! While these are all important and necessary, startups should also ensure that they are protecting their new startup from legal actions such as a lawsuit -- the dreaded ‘‘L’’ word. A lawsuit is the official court process in which two or more parties seek to resolve a dispute. A legal battle can be lengthy, expensive, and create bad publicity. Startups are experiencing a rise in litigation and below we will focus on three growing risks to startups and provide practical steps to prevent these types of lawsuits.

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Theresa Mullineaux
Husch Blackwell
Associate
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Mary Kate Mullen
Husch Blackwell
Associate
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