Techstars Partner Summit 2020 Techstars Partner Summit 2020

Startup Engagement

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

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Panel & Deep Dive Roundtable Discussion: How can corporations better engage their local startup communities?
Chris Heivly
Chris Heivly
Techstars, Techstars Senior Vice President for Ecosystem Development
Maury Wolfe
Maury Wolfe
Cox Enterprises, AVP, Corporate Social Responsibility and Public Affairs
Tony Smoke
Tony Smoke
Alabama Power Company, Senior Vice President Marketing and Economic Development

Participants in this panel will discuss their experience developing and nurturing startup communities, with best practices learned and pitfalls to avoid. After the panel ends, attendees will have the opportunity to discuss their unique challenges and opportunities with the session leaders in a deep dive roundtable format. 

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Panel & Deep Dive Roundtable Discussion: How to develop successful Proof of Concepts with early stage startups
Joel Nelson
Joel Nelson
UnitedHealthcare, VP of Innovation
Jeroen van der Hoek
Jeroen van der Hoek
Equinor Ventures, Investment Manager

Insights into the process of defining and executing a Proof of Concept between corporates and startups. What does the preparation and execution phases look like? What are the selection criteria for which startups you work with? Best practices for startups and more.

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Panel & Deep Dive Roundtable Discussion: Changing the World Through Mentorship: Best Practices for All-Star Mentorship
Danielle Cohn
Danielle Cohn
Comcast NBCUniversal, Vice President, Startup Engagement Head of LIFT Labs
Lesa Mitchell
Lesa Mitchell
Techstars Kansas City Accelerator, Managing Director
Stephen Ajayi
Stephen Ajayi
YearOne, CEO

There’s a two-way knowledge sharing that happens when professionals of such different organizations come together. Mentors have a tangible impact on all types of entrepreneurs, from creative college students, to aspiring founders, to early-stage startups in our accelerators. In this panel and roundtable discussion, you will learn from all-star mentors who will dive into how to make the most of your mentor relationships.

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Panel & Deep Dive Roundtable Discussion: Supporting Founder Success At Scale - Best Practices from our Global Network Partners
Laura Kennedy
Laura Kennedy
Techstars, VP Business & Corporate Development
Jesse Bardo
Jesse Bardo
Silicon Valley Bank, Director, Early Stage Practice
Sara Itucas
Sara Itucas
Legalpad (Techstars Seattle 2018), COO & Co-founder
Jason Scott
Jason Scott
Google, Head of Startup Developer Ecosystem

What does it take to support hundreds of founders from across Techstars Mentorship-Driven Accelerator programs? Techstars Global Network Partners not only provide subject matter expertise, both business and technical, but also help connect founders to resources that support startup growth. In this panel and roundtable discussion, you will learn about founders’ most pressing needs, different approaches for providing support at scale, and how giving first paves the way for success.


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Thursday, October 22, 2020

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Startup Showcase: Future of Work Focused Startups
Taylor McLemore
Taylor McLemore
Techstars Workforce Accelerator, Managing Director
Harley Blakeman
Harley Blakeman
HonestJobs, Founder & CEO
Hamoon Ekhtiari
Hamoon Ekhtiari
FutureFit AI, CEO

During this session, Taylor McLemore, Managing Director of the Techstars Workforce Accelerator, will share insights gleaned about Future of Work, and introduce high-quality startups focused on Future of Work to provide their perspective about the opportunities they see in the space. After, Taylor will lead a discussion with the session attendees and presenting startups.

Startups include:

  • Hamoon Ekhtiari, Future Fit AI

  • Harley Blakeman, Honest Jobs

  • Chris Motley, Mentor Spaces

  • Jennifer Henderson, TiLT


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Startup Showcase: Pilot Ready Startups
Audun Abelsnes
Audun Abelsnes
Equinor & Techstars Energy Accelerator, Managing Director
Haytham Elhawary
Haytham Elhawary
KINETIC, Co-founder & CEO
Stuart Kinnear
Stuart Kinnear
Interface Fluidics, CEO
Christian Norberg
Christian Norberg
Fieldmade, CEO

During this session, Audun Abelsnes, Managing Director at the Equinor+Techstars Energy Accelerator, will share best practices in successfully engaging with pilot ready startups and introduce high-quality startups that you can engage with right now. After, Audun will lead a discussion with session attendees and presenting startups.

Startups Include:

  • Stuart Kinnear - CEO, Interface Fluidics (Energy 2018)

  • Christian Norberg - CEO, Fieldmade (Energy 2019)

  • Haytham Elhawary - CEO, Kinetic (R/GA 2015)

  • Alex Housley - CEO, Seldon (Barclays London 2016)


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Keynote Speaker: Ecosystem Development with Brad Feld & Ian Hathaway
Brad Feld
Brad Feld
Foundry Group, Managing Director
Chris Heivly
Chris Heivly
Techstars, Techstars Senior Vice President for Ecosystem Development
Ian Hathaway
Ian Hathaway
Techstars, Senior Executive Director for Ecosystem Development

This talk will focus on what makes startup communities thrive and how to improve collaboration in these rapidly evolving, complex environments. How corporations play a vital role in helping to build startup communities around the world, and we need corporations to partner with startups to grow innovation in regions around the world.

This event will be held on Crowdcast. Join the event by visiting this event link: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/ts_partnersummit_keynote4

Only speakers will be on camera and audio. Attendees can utilize the chat box and Q&A feature.