9:00 AM Registration & Startup Slip Networking
9:30 AM Welcome
9:45 - 10:15 AM Keynote: Allison Hyers - Startup Culture: We know it matters, but how do you to shape it?
According to FirstRound's January 2017, State of Startups report, founders cited hiring good people as their #1 concern, beating out even revenue and customer growth. Where do you go from here? Creating an effective culture and positive people experience (PX) requires the execution of basic and strategic hiring fundamentals.
10:15 -10:30 AM Coffee in Startup Slip
10:30 - 11:15 AM Listen Up! It’s Time to Pivot
A panel discussion with Nate, Mike and Chiedo as they discuss the lessons they have learned, personal journeys and advice about entrepreneurship.
Moderator: April Palmer, Pivot Pass
Nate Marcus, Occasion Genius
Mike Spinelli, Nutriati
Chiedo, Chiedo Labs
11:15 - 11:30 AM Coffee in Startup Slip
11:30 - 12:15PM The “F” Word: Funding, Future, Founder
An interactive discussion on fundraising, led by Jen Finn.
Jen Finn, Investor, Trolley Ventures
Tina Bingham, Kaleo Legal
12:15 - 1:00 PM Lunch
1:00 - 1:45 PM Self-Care as an Entrepreneur: What You Need to Know
When you start your own business, the line between work and life can become very blurry - even nonexistent. It can be so easy to pour yourself mentally, physically, and emotionally into the business to the point of burning out that you lose sight of yourself. You will love this panel discussion learning how to stay focused on YOU and your business.
Moderator: Sarah Milston, Founder, The Spark Mill
Eric Edwards, Co-founder, kaleo
Shannon Greenwood, Founder, Rebelle Con
Natasha Foreman, Founder, Lucid Living
1:45 - 2:00 PM Coffee in Startup Slip
2:00 - 3:00 PM Tapping in to the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
The concept of “entrepreneurial ecosystem” is relatively new. Join us as we look at how entrepreneurial ecosystems can be defined, how they work, and what are the main drivers of success or failures.
Moderator: Bryan Bostic, Startup Virginia
Will Morris, EdConnective
Latifah Crenshaw, Carousel Skin
Elaine Horn-Ranney, Tympanogen
3:00 - 5:00 PM Off the Clock
It’s time to unwind. Grab a drink and network with your fellow DownRiver attendees as you discuss the day’s highlights.