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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


Conference Overview:

BuiltWorlds Venture Conference series has been the world’s premier conference series 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.

Conference Pre-Events (March 8th):

We’re kicking off Venture West 2022 with a trio of pre-events. 


1 – Women In Construction Tech ThinkTank:

March 8th in International Women’s Day and BuiltWorlds is very excited to announce this women’s-only pre-conference event celebrating women in the construction tech field. This event is sponsored by Hilti and will be taking place at the conference Venue (Sheraton – Palo Alto) the evening before the conference begins. It’s open to all women – whether you’re attending the conference or not. Sign up below!


Sign up for this women-only event by filling out the form below!



2 – BuiltWorlds Venture Business Forum Meeting:

The day before we kick off Venture West, our Venture Business Forum members will meet at the Stanley X offices to get an overview of Stanley X’s Construction Tech investment portfolio and also preview the upcoming Demo Day Competition taking place at Venture West (more information below). Afterwards, members will head to Topgolf in San Jose.

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3 – E&C Technology Leaders Forum Meeting:

Our E&C Adoption Leaders Forum will also meet the day prior to the start of Venture West at DPR Construction’s offices.

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Demo Day Event:

Your all-inclusive ticket includes access to our Demo Day where you’ll hear from some of the industry’s leading technology startups as well as our esteemed panel of investor judges. Have the opportunity to see startups present their leading-edge solutions to real investors interested in creating the future of the built world.


Venture West Livestream:

Can’t make it to Palo Alto and join us in person? Members can join the Venture West Livestream by registering below:




How Else to Get Involved With Venture West:

BuiltWorlds is a member community of professionals united around a common interest in driving their own business success, while working together to foster innovation in the Built Environment. Members received packages of tickets they can redeem to attend conferences by accessing registration while logged in. For more information about membership options, click here.

Non members or Digital members may purchase a limited number of tickets, while those supplies are available by contacting info@builtworlds.com

Interested in Speaking at Venture West? Speaking opportunities are limited, but we are always open to compelling thought leaders, and membership is not a requirement to speak. Those interested can apply here.



Meirav Oren

CEO & Co-Founder, Versatile

Laurent Grill

Partner, JLL Spark

Tanja Kufner

Head of Ventures, Nemetschek Group

Antonia Elisa Soler Blasco

Director of Hilti Venture, Hilti

Yuji Doi

Director of Innovation and Incubation, Kajima

Chris Stern

Corporate VP & Managing Director, Trimble Ventures, Trimble

Jeevan Kalanithi

CEO, OpenSpace

Eveart Foster

Director of Technology Adoption, BuiltWorlds

Zach Scheel

CEO, Rhumbix

Eric Lamb

Managing Director, DPR Construction

Shuntaro Kano

Manager, Shimizu

Julieta Moradei

Founder and Managing Partner, Overlay Capital Build

Jeffrey Berman

General Partner, Camber Creek

Cleve Adams

CEO, Aquicore

Jeff Herriman

Managing Director, Big Blue Innovations

Atsuko Jenks

Managing Partner, Japan Accelerator

Stephen Muck

Founder and Executive Chairman, Advanced Construction Robotics

Louis Schotsky

Managing Partner, Navitas Capital

Yves Frinault

Founder & CEO, Fieldwire

Maria Telleria

Chief Technology Officer, Canvas

Christy Cardenas

Managing Partner, Grit Ventures

Annika Ensrud

VP of Sales and Marketing, Hilti

Wan Li Zhu

Managing Partner, Suffolk Technologies

Sanjiv Singh

CEO and Co-Founder, Near Earth Autonomy

John Burton

CEO, UrsaLeo

Alexis Rochas

CEO, Oasys

Dai Ohama

General Manager, Innovation and Incubation Office, Kajima

Scott Ellison

Partner, Headwaters Growth

Zack Zimmerman

Chief Revenue Officer, BamCore

Ger Shortt

CEO, AquaTrace

Jennifer Roberts

Managing Partner, Grit Ventures

Janet Stephenson

Managing Director, US, Modulous

Mark Crawford

Managing Director, Stanley Ventures, Stanley Black and Decker

Allen Preger

Partner, Building Ventures

Sunil Dorairajan

CEO & Co-Founder, Pype

Riggs Kubiak

Entrepreneur In Residence, Procore

Chuck Hansen

Chairman & CEO, Electro Scan Inc.

Matthew Hudelson

Founder, Inertia

Tristen Magallanes

Innovation Manager, Swinerton Builders

Kathleen Egan

CEO, Ecomedes

Gloria Gavin

Chief Business Officer, Resonai

Darren Bechtel

Founder & Managing Director, Brick & Mortar Ventures

Anton Marinovich

VP Global Sales, HoloBuilder

Daniel Jacker

CEO, ZaiNar

Cutler Knupp

Director - Strategy and Technology Investment, Haskell

Demo Day Judges

Ilmar Norvik

Corporate Strategy Leader, Owens Corning

Ben Price

NOVA External Ventures, Saint-Gobain

Alice Leung

Vice President, Brick & Mortar Ventures

Ray Levitt

Operating Partner, Blackhorn Ventures

Vivin Hegde

General Partner, Zacua Ventures

Zach Feldmann

Senior Product Manager, Stanley Black and Decker

Mayra Soto

Product Strategy Lead, Stanley Black and Decker

Michael Heller

Senior Associate, Navitas Capital

Tanja Kufner

Head of Ventures, Nemetschek Group

Brandon Milner

CIO, Digital & Data Engineering, EllisDon Corporation

Conference Agenda

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

Presented by:
Julieta Moradei, Partner, HomeTeam Ventures

9:50am – 10:50am

Partner Workshop

Presented by:
Yuji Doi, Technology Development Manager, Kajima USA Inc.

Sanjiv Singh, CEO & Co-Founder, Near Earth Autonomy
Anton Marinovich, VP Global Sales, HoloBuilder
Daniel Jacker, CEO, ZaiNar
Gloria Gavin, Chief Business Officer, Resonai

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.

Cutler Knupp, Managing Director, Haskell

Chris Stern, VP and Managing Director, Trimble Ventures
Maria Telleria, CTO and Co-Founder, Canvas
Janet Stephenson, Regional Managing Director, Modulous
Christy Cardenas, Managing Partner, Grit Ventures

12:05pm – 1:10pm

Analyst Luncheon: Corporate VC

1:10pm – 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.

Atsuko Jenks, Founder & CEO, Japan Accelerator

Shuntaro Kano, Manager, Shimizu
Dai Ohana, General Manager, Innovation & Incubation Office, Kajima

2:45pm – 3:00pm

Networking Break

3:00pm – 4:45pm

Demo Day

Presenting Companies:
3:05: Matthew Hudelson, Founder & CEO, Inertia
3:20: Stephen Muck, Executive Chairman, Advanced Construction Robotics
3:35: Zack Zimmerman, Chief Revenue Officer (CRO), BamCore
3:50: Alexis Rochas, CEO, Oasys
4:05: Chuck Hansen, Chairman & CEO, Electro Scan Inc.
4:20: John Burton, CEO, UrsaLeo
4:35: Ger Shortt, CEO, AquaTrace

Demo Day Judges:
Ray Levitt - Blackhorn Ventures
Ilmar Norvik - Owens Corning
Mayra Soto - Stanley Black and Decker
Tanja Kufner - Nemetschek
Ben Price - Saint Gobain
Mike Heller - Navitas Capital
Alice Lueng - Brick & Mortar Ventures
Vivin Hegde - Zacua Ventures
Zach Feldmann - Stanley Black and Decker
Brandon Milner - EllisDon

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 – 9:45am

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.

Mark Crawford, Managing Director, Stanley Ventures

Meirav Oren, CEO and Co-Founder, Versatile
Zach Scheel, Co-Founder & CEO, Rhumbix
Jeevan Kalanithi, CEO, OpenSpace

10:35am – 10:50am

Networking Break

10:50am – 11:35am

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.

Jeff Herriman, Managing Director, Ascentage Group

Jeffery Berman, General Partner, Camber Creek
Eric Lamb, Managing Director, WND Ventures
Darren Bechtel, Founder & Managing Director, Brick & Mortar Ventures

11:40am – 12:40pm

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.

Scott Ellison, Angel-Seed Investor & Advisor focused on BuiltTech, Headwaters

Allen Preger, Partner, Building Ventures
Sunil Dorairajan, Sr. Direpctor Construction Industry Strategy, Autodesk
Riggs Kubiak, Entrepreneur In Residence, Procore
Justin Levine, CEO, Shepherd

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