The Virginia Venture Summit

Wednesday, April 24th

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.