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Crowdfunding has come a long way and momentum continues. Seen as a way to stimulate innovation and create jobs, entrepreneurs, funders and regulators are working to address the issues around crowdfunding. Led by David Geertz, of SoKap, Claude Theoret, of Nexalogy and some of the actual project owners using these new methods, we will address current developments within the space.
Show Me The Money: Where to get funding and what are they interested in? Presentations by VC's, Health Incubators (e.g. Blueprint Health and Startup Health), and other funders. This session is sponsored by Edelman.
Funders vs. Funded... The Rise of Pharma VC's: A discussion with Pharma about their new VC funds. The Funded: A discussion with recently funded health tech startups. This session is sponsored by Edelman.
Lean Startup' Author Eric Ries hosts a fireside chat with Macon Phillips (Director of Digital Strategy, US White House), Todd Park (CTO, Department of Health & Human Services), and Scott Cook (CEO, Intuit) on how Silicon Valley is inspiring the government and enterprise sectors.
Join Director Timo Vuorensola and Producer Tero Kaukomaa as they discuss their film IRON SKY (SXSW 2012) and how they worked to bridge the gap between the film industry and new forms of media. This trend is gaining traction and is becoming one many filmmakers can creatively take part in to create a deeper experience for their projects. Learn how the team behind IRON SKY harnessed the film community to the best ends and on multiple levels, putting themselves in direct contact with their audience from the beginning to not only help fund the film, but interact and cultivate a creative flow between filmmaker and audience.
The genome to create a great startup fast has been cracked. With proper funding and mentoring provided by a series of Lat Am-based accelerators, we can expect that a new wave of brave and savVy Latin American entrepreneurs will be entering the global market soon. Meet the people who are making this happen and learn why a regional network of accelerators is the way to make a real difference in this continent.
The start up scene continues to thrive. You may have got funding and you may have an awesome product but how will you make those first key partnerships with clients and ad agencies? This is new territory for many blue chip clients and most ad agencies. They know they need to play in the start up space but they are afraid. All you guys are much younger, and cooler, you don't wear suits so how can we take you really seriously? How will I know whether you are the next FourSquare or the next pets.com? The panelists will be able to share all their different viewpoints. We have an investor and incubator, we have a recently funded start up making their first deals, we have an ad agency and we have the all important client who is making those purchasing decisions for her brand. We will hear from all of the panelists and then invite any start ups in the audience that would like some advice to ask questions. All the panelists are used to talking freely about the subject rather than inflicting death by powerpoint.
All investors are not created equal and the right investor for your startup is just as important as the right team and the right idea. VCs, big bad-ass funds, angels, super-angels, rich uncles, big giant incubators, little tiny incubators, cozy co-working spaces. Where is the smart money for startups in 2012? Where is the dangerous money? How much of your company should you give up when investors step up and how do you choose the right investor for your startup? We will take a look at a panel of investors from across the country to get a feeling of how they view what makes a great investment and the kinds of businesses they are looking at in 2012. This session is sponsored by Mircrosoft.
Ever thought about launching your startup with some influencer star power? What exactly do "advisors" do (and not do)? It takes more than a pretty face to pin point a truly smart advisor partnership. The right fit requires on-brand positioning for both the advisor and the start up, which can be harder than it sounds. Once you find that fit, building a mutually beneficial relationship that aligns both party's interests is well worth the hustle it takes to make it happen. Find out how to stand apart from the pack that's courting your ideal high-profile partner. Also learn how equity deals can be structured in the most compelling way, and how to get that "in" to catch the star's attention.
9th–13th March 2012