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2023 Venture East Conference
November 8-9, 2023
When11.8.2023 at 8:00AM - 11.9.2023 at 5:00PM
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' 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.
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.
Venture East General Sessions
Day 1 Schedule
Registration & Breakfast
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
LatAm Networking Reception
Sponsored by Progreso X and BuildTech Ventures
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.
Day 2 Schedule
Breakfast & Networking
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
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
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
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
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 email@example.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.
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.
Venture Forum Reception & Dinner
Reserved for members of the BuiltWorlds Venture Forum.
Venture East Registration Information
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