2020 Agenda

This year, our Tech Innovation Forum agenda will focus on FinTech, Data Analytics and Cybersecurity, with FastPitches from tech startups throughout both days, culminating in the Top 8 LaunchPad Finalist Presentations.

Tech Innovation Forum 2020 Agenda

Thursday, September 10, 2020

8:00 – 9:30 am

EXPERIENCE

Registration, Networking, 1:1 Meetings & Exhibits 

9:30 – 9:45 am

OPENING

Welcome Address

Orange County has become nationally recognized for creating high quality ideas, entrepreneurs and a lifestyle to build sustainable growing businesses. Entrepreneurs continue to create businesses and ideas that are cutting edge and attract capital from large money centers including Boston, New York and the Bay Area. Today our community stands at a positive inflection point, serving as a catalyst to drive sustained growth of companies, create high paying jobs and deliver successful financial returns to investors.

Bill Carpou, CEO, Octane

9:45 – 10:30 am

PANEL

Data + AI

Data is the future of all business. In the next ten years, all companies will be data companies. How are companies currently using data and what role will AI play? Scott Davidson, COO, Alteryx

Scott Davidson, COO, Alteryx

Kfir Yeshayahu, SVP of Products, Veritone

Navid Alipour, Managing Director, Analytics   Ventures

Neil Sahota, Head of Strategy and Partnerships, Planet Home

9:45 – 10:30 am

FAST PITCH

Fast Pitch Presentations

Eight companies seeking Seed through Series B will be presenting to institutional, private and strategic investors.

10:30 – 11:00 am

EXPERIENCE

Networking, Break & 1:1 Meetings

11:00 – 11:45 am

PANEL

FinTech in Orange County

Learn how these Orange County FinTech companies are changing the traditional financial methods and the delivery of financial services. Examine the FinTech space in Orange County and what is next for FinTech.

Manning Field, COO, Acorns

Kyle Kamrooz, Co-Founder, Cloudvirga

Scott Saunders, Founder & CEO, Happy Money

11:00 – 11:45 am

FAST PITCH

Fast Pitch Presentations

Eight companies seeking Seed through Series B will be presenting to institutional, private and strategic investors.

11:45 – 12:30 am

PANEL

LaunchPad Success Stories

Learn about LaunchPad from companies who have completed the process and have successfully raised capital and are demonstrating revenue growth.

JC Ruffalo, Director of LaunchPad SBDCv& Investor Relations, Octane (Moderator)

Lubna Ahmad, Founder & CEO, Invoy Technologies

Jon Arpino, Founder & CEO, CLI Studios

PJ Mastracchio, Founder & CEO, AtYour Gate

11:45 – 12:30 am

PANEL

Enhancing Speed to Capital, Speed to Revenue

Expert panelists will lead a discussion on the due diligence process, challenges, common pitfalls, and considerations that provide a company with a competitive advantage.

Deb Hart, Managing Director, Octane (Moderator)

Sophia Khan, Investor, Greycroft

Steve Beck, Managing Partner, Serra Ventures

11:45 – 12:30 am

FAST PITCH

Fast Pitch Presentations (Continued)

Eight companies seeking Seed through Series B will be presenting to institutional, private and strategic investors.

12:30 am – 1:30 pm

EXPERIENCE

Lunch

1:30 – 2:15 pm

PANEL

Imagine the Unimaginable: Post COVID-19 Roadmap Forward

Businesses and the economy took an unprecedented pause as the world worked to flatten the curve of the Coronavirus. How will the economy rebound?. How will doing business change? What sectors will thrive, which will recover and which may not survive? What lessons were learned to help us plan for the next black swan event? What safeguards can we put into play that minimizes an event’s impact? How shall we compare business in January 2020 with business in January 2021?

2:15 – 4:15 pm

EXPERIENCE

LaunchPad Presentations

See investor presentations from LaunchPad’s most promising tech talent. Eight companies will be featured.

4:15 – 5:00 pm

PANEL

NextGen Panel: Who are the Next Leaders in the OC Innovation Economy

Hear from the next generation of Orange County leaders eager to make OC a center of innovation and growth. Join us and learn how these leaders plan to take their companies to the next level, attract and retain talent, and make a significant impact on the future in Orange County!

Bill Carpou, CEO, Octane (Moderator)

Marinela Gombosev, CEO, Evoke Neuroscience

Reza Jahangiri, CEO, AAG

Kyle Kamrooz, Co-Founder, Cloudvirga

David Moatazedi, President and CEO, Evolus

5:00 – 6:00 pm

EXPERIENCE

Reception
Friday, September 11, 2020

8:00 – 9:25 am

EXPERIENCE

Registration, Networking, 1:1 Meetings & Exhibits

9:25 – 9:45 am

WELCOME

Welcome Address- Day 2- Strategy for Increasing Capital for Orange County Companies

The number of innovative tech companies in Orange County is on the rise, and so is the need for funding to support them.  In this session, hear directly from OC-based venture capital funds that have created capital here and are supporting the ecosystem’s needs.  They will share updates on their funds and strategies to obtain capital.

  Bill Carpou, CEO, Octane

9:45 – 10:30 am

EXPERIENCE

Cybersecurity Keynote/Panel

This panel will focus on the future of Cybersecurity. The panelists will discuss the difference between protect and defend to detect and respond. What techniques, platforms will be needed to get ahead of threats in the future?

Stuart McClure, Entrepreneur, Founder, Cylance (Moderator)

Eric Cornelius, Chief Technology Officer, Blackberry

Tony Olzak, Chief Technology Officer, Trace3

Helen Norris, CIO, Chapman University

10:30 – 11:15 am

PANEL

Big Data/Cloud Migration

10:30 – 11:15 am

PANEL

Implementing Cybersecurity in a Startup Environment

For many start-ups, implementing cybersecurity is a necessity to either win the trust of customers or to earn their business. But while these capabilities are often needed in the early stages of an organization, they can often be difficult to acquire when money and resources are scarce and cyber security service companies are expensive. This interactive session will take this issue on and explore the top tips for young organizations to get security done without breaking the bank.

Ed Goodman, Global Privacy Officer, Cyberscout 

Mike Gentile, CEO and President, CISOSHARE

10:30 – 11:15 am

FAST PITCH

Fast Pitch Presentations

Eight companies seeking Seed through Series B will be presenting to institutional, private and strategic investors.

11:15 – 11:45 am

EXPERIENCE

Registration, Networking, 1:1 Meetings & Exhibits

11:45 am – 12:30 pm

PANEL

Intrapreneurship in Orange County

Intrapreneurship is the act of behaving like an entrepreneur while working within a large organization. Intrapreneurship is known as the practice of a corporate management style that integrates risk-taking and innovation approaches, as well as the reward and motivational techniques, that are more traditionally thought of as being the province of entrepreneurship. How are companies in Orange County facilitating intrapreneurship at their companies?

Jeff Johannesen, Chief Innovation Officer, RSM

Daniel Flynn, Vice-President Corporate Strategy & Development, Western Digital

11:45 am – 12:30 pm

PANEL

Alternatives to Venture Capital

This panel will focus on educating young companies on funding options alternatives to venture capital. Such options include crowdfunding, debt financing, doing public outside the U.S. and Reg A+. The panelists will discuss the differences between traditional venture capital and alternative financing as well as the considerations and challenges companies may face during the funding process. 

Mark Skaist, Shareholder, Stradling (Moderator) 

Gordon McBean, Cambria Capital

Derek Hoyt, Managing Director, Silicon Valley Bank

Delilah Panio, Vice President Capital Formation, TMX Group

11:45 am – 12:30 pm

FAST PITCH

Fast Pitch Presentations

Eight companies seeking Seed through Series B will be presenting to institutional, private and strategic investors.

12:30 – 1:30 pm

EXPERIENCE

Lunch

1:30 – 2:00 pm

KEYNOTE

David Meltzer

2:00 – 2:45 pm

KEYNOTE

eSports Panel: Investing in eSports

A panel composed of esports investors, CEOs, and educators discussing how to take advantage of the booming industry while avoiding common pitfalls.

Felix La Haye, Founder and CEO, United Sports

Chris Mann, CEO, ULT