2022 Venture West Conference


3.9.2022 at 8:00AM - 3.10.2022 at 5:00PM


Sheraton Hotel Palo Alto, CA 625 El Camino Real Palo Alto, CA 94301

BuiltWorlds Venture Conference has been the world’s premier conference focused on venture investing in construction and built environment-related emerging technology. Buildings and Infrastructure tech including planning and design, pre-construction services, construction, modularization, building products and materials, advanced tools, equipment, and robotics, logistics and supply chain, and building and infrastructure operations and management are among the topics we cover. Leading fund investors, strategic investors, and startups gather each year to take the pulse of the industry’s startup ecosystem at the BuiltWorlds Venture Conference.

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Past Speakers Include:

Momei Qu

Vice President, PSP Growth

Ralph Gootee

CTO & Co-Founder

Dustin DeVan

CEO, Awair

Darren Bechtel

Founder & Managing Director, Brick & Mortar Ventures

Kitty Sullivan

Investments Director, JLL Spark

Travis Putnam

Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Navitas Capital

Tom Spahn

Vice President, Camber Creek

Earnest Sweat

Principal, Prologis Ventures

Rusty Reed

Chief Strategy Officer, Procore

Vivin Hegde

General Manager, ICT, Trimble-Hilti JV, Hilti

Michael Young

Director, Caterpillar Ventures, Caterpillar

Rajesh Ram

Co-Founder and Chief Customer Officer, Egnyte

Shawn Hill

Partner, Moderne Ventures

Ray Levitt

Operating Partner, Blackhorn Ventures

Meg Paulus

Partner, HOLT Ventures

Gonzalo Galindo

Head of CEMEX Ventures, CEMEX Ventures

Kevin Barnes

Vice President & Managing Director, Ferguson Ventures

Guillaume Bazouin

Head of Open Innovation and Startups, Leonard by Vinci

Preliminary Agenda

This year’s Venture East conference will start with pre-conference events for our Forum Members, progress to our Venture Forum Demo Day and then to more coverage of the earlier stages of tech in our ecosystem. We’ll have plenty of time for networking and conversation, including Wednesday evening, and then, on Thursday, we will transition to deeper exploration of the later stage startups, investors, and themes moving our industry.  

As opposed to Venture East, which focused more on the East Coast of the US, Latin America and Europe, we hope to look deeper into the ecosystem on America’s dynamic West Coast and also further into Asia and Australia.

Stay tuned. The first group of presenters and session topics will be announced soon. Be sure to sign up for our newsletter to be the first to hear.

Day 1 Schedule

8:00am – 9:00am


9:00am – 9:15am


Builtworlds' Founder and Chairman, Matt Gray, will start the day off by running through the day's sessions and focuses.

9:15am – 9:45am

Keynote: Early Stage Investing

9:50am – 10:50am

Partner Workshop

10:50am – 11:05am

Networking Break

11:05am – 12:05pm

Investing in Hard Tech In The Built Worlds

Investing in hardware is often seen as much more complicated and expensive than investing in software. In this session, we will meet entrepreneurs developing solutions in the “hard world” of materials, equipment and robotics and investors active in those areas. We’ll hear their perspectives on how investing in “hard tech” can be different from investing in software. We’ll learn about the potential pitfalls and also the opportunities of this very active area of the ecosystem.

12:05pm – 1:10pm

Analyst Luncheon: Corporate VC

1:10am – 1:55pm

Built World Corporate Venture: Asian Markets

Asian companies have become very active inventors in emerging tech in the Built World in recent years, and many of those companies are increasingly engaging with the broader global ecosystem. In this session, we’ll learn about who the players are, how their region is influencing their approach, what they are investing in, and how they are engaging with the broader ecosystem.

2:45pm – 3:00pm

Networking Break

3:00pm – 4:45pm

Demo Day

Session Agenda:

Demo Day Judges:

4:45pm – 7:00pm

Networking Reception

We will be opening the networking reception with the announcement of the Venture West '22 Demo Day Winner.

Day 2 Schedule

8:00am – 9:00am

Networking Breakfast

9:00am – 9:45pm

Venture at the Growth Stage

The industry is witnessing a proliferation of tech companies that have raised $10-20 million or more and are solidly in “growth mode.” In this session, we explore trends in the market in the mid to later stages, after the A round and before the exit.

9:50am – 10:35pm

M&A Activities, Happenings and Best Practices

10:35am – 10:50am

Networking Break

10:50am – 11:20am

A Look Back at the Past Decade of Built Tech

It has been a wild ride for Built World Tech investing over the past decade. We have witnessed the development of sector focused funds, corporate venture in the sector, our first sector-specific IPOs, our first billion dollar and ten billion dollar exits, and more. In this session, we look back on how things have changed over the past decade and then look forward at what to expect in the next decade.

11:25am – 12:25pm

Life after the Exit - Answering the question: What’s next?

As more companies are being sold in the ecosystem, we are seeing the emerging of a strong class of "veteran founders" who are finding their way back into the industry in funds, in new startups, and as advisors, we are looking to have a discussion with a group of these really powerful alumni and hear their perspectives on how the industry has changed, what that transition is like, and what they are focusing on in their "what's next?" career phase.

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