This September, the 2021 Render Competition will have narrowed down its applicant pool to the top 16 companies. On September 23, Render Capital will host a Pitch Event to conclude the final selection process and announce the 8 winners who will each be awarded a $100,000 investment. The winners will also pitch their company to the community. The event will take place at the Lynn Family Stadium and includes a keynote address from Brian Brackeen, networking, and a general celebration of the regional startup ecosystem as an official event of Louisville Startup Week.
Keynote Speaker: Brian Brackeen
Brian Brackeen is a General Partner at Lightship Capital, the $50 million dollar Cincinnati-based VC firm dedicated to backing underrepresented entrepreneurs in the Midwest. As General Partner, Brian oversees fund operations, leads the AI, Design & Engineering teams, and serves on the investment committee.Brian is a thought leader in the Artificial Intelligence space, having founded and led a globally recognized provider of face recognition technologies. His leadership saw the company positioned alongside tech giants like Microsoft and Face++ as one of the industry’s foremost providers, with operations in the US and Asia. Brian’s early acknowledgment of the dangers associated with algorithmic ethnic bias, stance against the government use of facial recognition, and commitment to eliminating racial bias in its datasets inspired the current movement toward organized regulation and oversight of the technology.