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2023 Venture East Conference

November 8-9, 2023


11.8.2023 at 8:00AM - 11.9.2023 at 5:00PM


Fontainbleau Miami Beach 4441 Collins Ave. Miami Beach, FL 33140

BuiltWorlds Venture Conference series has become the world’s premier symposium for innovators and investors driving the development of emerging technologies across construction and the built ecosystem. 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 venture fund investors, corporate strategic investors, and founders gather each year to take the pulse of the industry’s startup ecosystem at the BuiltWorlds Venture Conference.

BuiltWorlds Q3 2023 Venture & Investment Report

BuiltWorlds' 2023 Venture Investors 50 identifying the most active investors in the built environment, will have a dedicated panel recognizing the top early-stage built-world investors of the past year (October 1st, 2022 to September 30th, 2023). BuiltWorlds will also be handing out awards for 6 different Top Investor Achievements.

If you're a startup looking for critical industry exposure apply here for Demo Day consideration: Demo Day Application

Dina Routhier

President, Stanley Black and Decker

Kaushal Diwan

Partner, WND Ventures, DPR Construction

Steve Dana

Partner, Drake Star Partners

Melissa Cheong

Managing Partner, Blackhorn Ventures

Nick Arnold

Principal, HG Ventures

Tanja Kufner

Head of Ventures, Nemetschek Group

Cutler Knupp

Director - Strategy and Technology Investment, Haskell

Ben Price

Investment Director, Orbia Ventures

Julieta Moradei

Founder and Managing Partner, Overlay Capital Build

Adam Goodson

Director of Ventures, UFP Industries

Chris Fortunato

Vice President, CRH Ventures

Artem Kuchukov


Matt Rechtin

Managing Director, Meridian Capital Group

Matthew Gray

Co-Chair, Graycor, Executive Chairman, BuiltWorlds

Margarita de la Peña

Investment Lead, LatAm, Zacua Ventures

Yuji Doi

Director of Innovation and Incubation, Kajima

Daniel Laboe

Director of Venture Investments, BuiltWorlds

Tyler Sewall

Senior Director, BuiltWorlds

Madelyn O'Farrell

Investor, Dynamo Ventures

Anthony Rich

General Partner, Legacy Capital Ventures

Sergio Angelini

CEO, Mangxo

Xavier Toby

Founder, Axe Buildings

Steven Uecke

CEO, SuperDroid Robots

Nandan Thakar

Co-founder & CEO, SureWorx

Samantha Lake

COO, ProNovos

Patrick McConnell

CEO, AtlantisFiber™

Tyler Ashby

Principal, GroundBreak Ventures

Darshit Jasani

Software Development Manager, ARCO/Murray

Jeff Herriman

Managing Director, Big Blue Innovations

Sam Devine

Investor, OpenView

Sadanand Sahasrabudhe

CoFounder, CEO, ConstructivIQ

Nick Martin

Co-founder & COO, Carbon Reform

Brent Wadas

CEO, BotBuilt

Michael Gilbert

Director Cleantech, Proptech, Decarbonization, Fairstead Ventures

Najeeb Ahmed

Vice President, Raymond James

Josef Bromovsky

CEO, Algoma

Oscar Hoyos

CEO, Uptime Analytics

Caleb Carr

CEO, Vita Inclinata

Mac Gerlach

Principal, UFP Industries

Kyle Tompane

Co-Founder and CIO, Agorus

Curtis Rodgers

Partner, Brick & Mortar Ventures

Bernardo Gamboa

Partner, BuildTech Ventures

Leonel Luna

CEO, Envirotech

Jim Charmley

Founder and CEO, ARC Robotics

Alexis Adams

Research Analyst, BuiltWorlds

Michael Heller

Senior Associate, Navitas Capital

Felipe Garzon

Cofounder, SpyBee

Jay Cami

CEO, Construct AI

Gabriela Rodas

Project Manager, Progreso X

Santhosh Krishna Chandrabalan

VP & GM of Business Development & Ventures, Cornerstone Building Brands

Neftaly Ramirez

CEO, Hometuls

Tim Sperry

Founder and CEO, Carbon Limit

Annie Lan

Partner, Egis Capital Partners

Dealmaker's Alley Investor Participants

Dealmaker’s Alley, which was first conceptualized at the 2023 Venture West Conference this past March, is a unique opportunity for solution providers to schedule one-on-one meetings in a quiet space with some of the leading investors in the sector. 

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Venture East General Sessions

Day 1 Schedule

8:00AM – 9:00AM

Registration & Breakfast

9:00AM – 9:05AM

Welcoming Address

9:05AM – 9:30AM


Dina Routhier, President of Stanley Ventures, will kick off the conference with Stanley Black & Decker's approach to external innovation. Dina will dive into Stanley Black & Decker's three pillars of Construction Technology: Software, Advanced Hardware, & Robotics, which drive the investment decisions made by the Stanley Ventures team. This keynote presentation will look towards the future of the AEC space and which technologies will be the most transformative amid this industry's digital makeover.

9:30AM – 10:10AM

How Will Digitalization Change The Built World?

The future economy is one driven-by complete real-time transparency through ubiquitous digital adoption, and the built environment is at the center of it. This panel session will discuss how built world innovation is ushering in this modern industrial revolution and what it means for AEC players today.

Madelyn O'Farrell, Investor, Dynamo VC
Steven Uecke, CEO, SuperDroid Robotics
Nandan Thakar, Founder & CEO, Sureworx
Sam Devine, Investor, OpenView Ventures
Robert Chefitz, Managing Partner, Egis Capital Partners

10:10AM – 10:35AM

Networking Break

10:35AM – 11:15AM

Sustainability & Profitability Collide in Construction

Sustainability has become a huge concern in the built environment as it accounts for ~40% of total global emissions. This panel will discuss the industry hurdles for implementing environmentally friendly innovations and how long-term (and even short-term) profitability expansions can be realized by leveraging sustainable technologies.

Kevin Cardona, Director of Entrepreneurial Innovation, Leonard by VINCI
Ben Price, Investment Director, Orbia Ventures
Michael Gilbert, Managing Partner, Fairstead Ventures

11:15AM – 12:00PM

Applying Artificial Intelligence (AI) to Project Planning & Productivity

Artificial intelligence (AI) has become a central topic of nearly every conversation surrounding innovation. AI is a topic that can’t be ignored -- which is why we are addressing the elephant in the room out of the gates in Miami (well, at least before lunch!). This panel will explore some of the common headaches of AI-driven startups, strategic data management, the role of existing tech stacks, and how startups and investors can speak the same language around AI innovation and integrations in AEC. These topics will be couched in a dialogue that centers around how AI can be applied to enhance project planning and productivity.

Kaushal Diwan, Partner/Board Member, WND Ventures/DPR Construction
Cutler Knupp, Director, Strategy & Technology Investment, Dysruptek by Haskell
Anthony Rish, General Partner, Legacy Capital Ventures
Jay Cami, Co-Founder & CEO, ConstructAI

12:00PM – 1:00PM


1:00PM – 1:15PM

The State of Investments In Global AEC-Tech

BuiltWorlds Venture & Investment Presentation highlighting AEC-tech investment trends and providing insights into where the capital might be headed next.

Daniel Laboe, Director of Venture, BuiltWorlds

1:15PM – 1:55PM

Finding Balance Between Standardization & Customization in the World of Prefab & Modular Construction

The world of construction is becoming hyper focused on leveraging modular & prefabricating building solutions to streamline the building process. This panel will dissect the industrializing world of construction addressing the delicate balance between standardization & customization.

Tyler Ashby, Principal, Groundbreak Ventures
Garrett Moore, CEO & Co-Founder, Agorus
Brent Wadas, CEO & Co-Founder, BotBuilt

1:55PM – 2:35PM

Corporate Leaders Unique Approaches to Accelerating Built World Innovation

Corporate accelerator & incubator programs have become a primary source of innovation development in the post-pandemic built world as leading players begin to recognize the competitive necessity of being a part of this digital transformation. This panel will discuss the importance of these initiatives and how corporate innovators are really at the core of this industry's technology adoption curve necessary to advance the built environment.

Chris Fortunato, Principal, CRH Ventures
Nick Arnold, Principal, HG Ventures
Tim Sperry, Founder & CEO, Carbon Limit
Parker Mundt, VP of Platform, Suffolk Technologies

2:35PM – 3:00PM

Networking Break

3:00PM – 4:30 PM

Demo Day Competition

Mac Gerlach, Principal, UFP Ventures
Yuji Doi, Innovation Manager, Kajima USA
Santhosh Chandrabalan, VP & GM of Ventures & Business Development, Cornerstone Building Brands
Tanja Kufner, Head of Venture, Nemetschek Group
Darshit Jasani, Software Development Manager, ARCO,Murray

Participating Startups:
Nova Spraytech
Carbon Reform
Atlantis Fiber

4:30PM – 5:00PM

2023 Top Investors Awards

A unique and exciting addition to the Venture East Conference in 2023 is the introduction of our Top Investor Awards Ceremony. Last month we had the opportunity to share the Top 50 Active Investors in the space via our toplist and now we want to take that further.

Below are the categories of awards that we plan to present at this year’s Venture East Conference:

Most Active Investor
Largest VC Fund
Most Influential Strategic Fund
Top Strategic Fund Launch
Accelerator of the Year
Most Active Corporate Acquirer

5:00PM – 6:00PM

LatAm Networking Reception

Sponsored by Progreso X and BuildTech Ventures

6:00PM to 7:30PM

LatAm Demo Night

This event will highlight some of the most impactful built world innovators of in Latin America and is brought to you by Progreso X along side BuildTech Ventures.

Participating Startups:
Uptime Analytics

Day 2 Schedule

8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Breakfast & Networking

9:00AM – 9:40AM

The State of Built World Innovation in Latin America

This panel discussion will assess the maturation of the innovative ecosystem of the Latin American built world. This panel is sponsored by Leonard by VINCI (VINCI's External & Internal Innovation Team).

Robert Rocha, LatAm Representative, Leonard by VINCI
Margarita de la Peña, LatAm Investment Lead, Zacua Ventures
Oscar Hoyos, CEO, Uptime Analytics
Gabriela Rodas Urruela, Project Manager, Progreso X

9:40AM – 10:20AM

Financing Robotics & Heavy Equipment Startups

Investing in expensive new equipment & robotic solutions has slowed down in recent quarters as the seemingly boundless free flowing Venture Capital of 2021 and early-2022 has begun to dry up as soaring interest rates drive down investor's risk tolerance. This panel will discuss unique ways in which hard tech in the built world is being funded today and how the landscape for capitally intensive startups in this industry is evolving.

Artem Kuchukov, CEO, Kewazo
Adam Goodson, Director of Venture, UFP Ventures
Jim Charmley, Co-Founder & CEO, Arc Robotics
Caleb Carr, Founder & CEO, Vita Inclinata Technologies

10:20AM – 10:40AM

Networking Break

10:40AM – 11:20AM

Exit Strategies For AEC Founders

This panel will focus on startup exits in an industry that frankly hasn’t seen very many. The discussion will dive into what that exit process could look like and how investors and founders should prepare.

Matt Rechtin, Managing Director, Meridian Capital Partners
Steve Dana, Partner, Drake Star Partners
Jeff Herriman, Managing Partner, Ascentage Group
Najeeb, VP of Investment Banking, Raymond James

11:20AM – 12:00PM

Learn From BuiltWorlds' Top Investors of 2023

This panel will feature some of the most influential investors of the past year. This group of leading built-world investors will provide the audience with valuable insights into this nuanced investment space today and where they see it heading.

Curtis Rogers, Partner, Brick & Mortar Ventures
Tanja Kufner, Head of Ventures, Nemetschek Group
Melissa Cheong, Managing Partner, Blackhorn Ventures
Mike Heller, Principal, Navitas Capital

12:00PM – 1:00PM


1:00PM – 2:45PM

Closed Forum Session - Toward AEC Industry Standards for Pilot Programs

This session is open to members of our E&C Forum and Venture Forum. Email info@builtworlds.com to inquire how to join.

Follow on discussions at Venture West and the Americas Summit, emerging tech providers and industry innovation leaders are calling for clearer norms and standards around the best practices in sourcing tech for pilot programs, pilot program agreements, process, payment, and commitments post-pilots. This Roundtable style session will help our analysts compile research on best practices and proposed standards that can help the industry move toward a more common, efficient, and predicable process.

2:45PM – 3:00PM

Networking Break

3:00PM -4:30PM

Venture Forum Closed Session

BuiltWorlds Venture Forum will meet to debrief on the conference, discuss the month's startups, review analyst presentations, and plan for future meetings, events, and research.

5:00PM – 7:00PM

Venture Forum Reception & Dinner

Reserved for members of the BuiltWorlds Venture Forum.

Venture East Registration Information

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