2023 Venture West Conference

When

3.20.2023 at 8:00AM - 3.22.2023 at 5:00PM

Where

The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square 335 Powell St. San Francisco, CA 94102

Venture West Conference Overview:

The BuiltWorlds Venture Conference series has been the world’s premier conference series focused on venture investing in construction and built environment-related emerging technology. Leading built-world venture capitalists, strategic investors, and startups gather twice each year to take the pulse of the industry’s startup ecosystem at the BuiltWorlds Venture Conferences. Get a full breakdown of the agenda and who is speaking on each panel below.  The 2023 Venture West Conference is quickly approaching – join our member network and get your tickets soon.

BuiltWorlds Conference themes and discussions are driven by the in-depth research our analyst team conducts. For a look at BuiltWorlds’ 2023 Annual Venture Report → Click here


Conference Pre-Events:

On Monday, March 20 – the day prior to the official start of the conference – the BuiltWorlds team will be in San Francisco hosting a series of events in the area. A breakdown of those events and who is eligible to attend each is below: 

BuiltWorlds Venture Forum Meeting >>

  • Details on time and location will be announced shortly – check back for more information.
  • Who’s Invited: Members of the BuiltWorlds Business Venture Forum

BuiltWorlds E&C Tech Adoption Leaders Forum & Lunch >> 

  • Time: 12:00-2:00PM
  • Location: WeWork, 415 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94105, Room 38A
  • Who’s Invited: Members of the BuiltWorlds E&C Tech Adoption Leaders Forum

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2023 Speaker Lineup

Di-Ann Eisnor

CEO, Core

Eric Lamb

Managing Director, WND Ventures

Cutler Knupp

Director - Strategy and Technology Investment, Haskell

Meg Baldini

VP, Corporate Development, Procore

Gonzalo Galindo

Head of CEMEX Ventures, CEMEX Ventures

Sidharth Haksar

Head of Strategy, Autodesk Construction Solutions, Autodesk

Kathleen Egan

CEO, Ecomedes

Clifton Harness

Co-Founder and CEO, TestFit

Michael Heller

Senior Associate, Navitas Capital

Mayra Soto

Associate, Building Ventures

Daniel Laboe

Director of Venture Investments, BuiltWorlds

Tyler Sewall

Director of Technology Adoption, BuiltWorlds

Amelia Miller

Investor, Insight Partners

Sean Wrenn

Research Analyst, BuiltWorlds

Ajey Kaushal

Investor, JLL Spark

Vivin Hegde

General Partner, Zacua Ventures

Daniel Fetner

General Partner, Alpaca VC

Chris Callen

Founder and CEO, PLOT Communications

Jeff Herriman

Managing Director, Ascentage Group

Wan Li Zhu

Managing Partner

Bill Wagner

CEO, Penta Technologies

Eric Law

Co-Founder and CEO, Urban Machine

Aaron Toppston

Managing Partner, GS Futures

Ty Findley

Co-Founder & General Partner, Ironspring Ventures

Prabhakar Karri

Director, Andersen Corporation

Dustin DeVan

Ex-CEO, BuildingConnected

Faisal Mostamandy

Senior Vice President, Silicon Valley Bank

Robert Mazer

President, Flexnode

Ray Levitt

Operating Partner, Blackhorn Ventures

Guillaume Bazouin

Head of Open Innovation and Startups, Leonard by Vinci

Scott Ellison

Partner, Headwaters Growth

Kaushal Diwan

Corporate Director, Strategic Investments & Partnerships, DPR Construction

Aaron Anderson

Director of Innovation, Swinerton Builders

Ralph Gootee

Co-Founder and CTO, TigerEye

Jennifer Marcus

Director, Home Depot

Victoria Smith

Innovation Program Manager, STO Building Group

Sarah Liu

Partner On The Real Estate Technology Investment Team, Fifth Wall

Jen Carlile

CTO, Outer Labs

Jon Berkoe

Digital Delivery Leader, Arup

Tim Schoenheit

Senior Innovation Manager, Goldbeck

Joe Morgan

Managing Director, Piper Sandler

Omri Sorek

CEO & Founder, Trusstor

Yuji Doi

Technology Development Manager, Kajima

Dai Ohama

General Manager, Innovation and Incubation Office, Kajima

Janis Pieterwas

Innovation Manager Construction, Goldbeck

Taehong Huh

Managing Director, GS Futures

Susan Stone

CEO, Ubiquitous Energy

Ali Agha

CEO, AIH

Mark Austin

BIM Subject Matter Expert, Autodesk

Nick Deraney

Venture Analyst, Saint Gobain

Preliminary Agenda

Subject to Change

Day 1 Schedule

8:00AM-9:00AM

Breakfast & Registration

9:00AM-9:05AM

Welcoming Remarks

9:05AM-9:30AM

Keynote: Construction Tech's Historic Opportunity

Presented By:
Di-Ann Eisnor, CEO, Crews by Core

9:30AM-10:15AM

The State of Built World Strategic Funds

The motivations of Strategic funds may be different from a traditional VC so the benchmark for success can be difficult to define. This panel will dive into the pros and cons of launching an off-balance sheet strategic fund and whether its the right move for your organization.

Moderated By:
Dan Laboe, Director of Venture & Investment Research, BuiltWorlds

Speakers:
Eric Lamb, Managing Director, WND Ventures
Cutler Knupp, Director - Strategy and Technology Investment, Haskell
Gonzalo Galindo, MD, CEMEX Ventures
Prabhakar Karri, Director, Andersen Corporation
Jennifer Marcus, Director, Home Depot Ventures

10:15AM-10:40AM

Networking Break

10:40AM – 11:15AM

Lessons Learned from ConTech's Serial Entrepeneurs

Talking with leading industry pioneers from internal innovation teams to groundbreaking startups to prognosticate the future of this space. This panel will provide frontline insights into where future-focused innovators are guiding the built world.

Moderated By:
Tyler Sewall, Director of Technology Adoption, BuiltWorlds

Speakers:
Dustin DeVan, Ex-CEO, BuildingConnected
Chris Callen, Founder and CEO, PLOT Communications
Ralph Gootee, Co-Founder and CTO, TigerEye
Jen Carlile, CTO, Outer Labs

11:15AM-12:00PM

The Modular Model: To Integrate Or Partner

This panel will dive into the the highly debated topic of how best to vertically unify this industry. Does the Tesla model work in construction? Looking into the Katerra downfall: a testament to its market disrupting potential or how not to integrate in the AEC space?

Moderated By:
Dan Laboe, Director of Venture & Investment Research, BuiltWorlds

Speakers:
Ray Levitt, Operating Partner, Blackhorn Ventures
Aaron Toppston, Managing Partner, GS Futures
Robert Mazer, President, Flexnode
Victoria Smith, Innovation Program Manager, STO Building Group

12:00PM-1:00PM

Lunch

1:00PM-1:15PM

The State of Built World Ventures

Director of BuiltWorlds Venture Investments will review investment activity in 2022 and potential implications for the future of the built environment.

1:15PM-1:55PM

Democratizing 4D: Project Modeling and Simulation Tech Adoption

Design has been one of the most digitally adopted segments of a building’s lifecycle but the technologies leveraged in this early conception phase have been largely cut off at the next phase of construction. This panel will review the design technologies at the front-end of the next-generation built worlds.

Speakers:
Jon Berkoe, Digital Delivery Leader, Arup
Tim Schoenheit, Senior Innovation Manager, Goldbeck

1:55PM-2:35PM

State of the Built-World in The Asian Pacific

This panel will take a deeper look at AEC venture activity in the Asian Pacific market as compared to other regions across the globe. Is the VC opportunity the greatest in Asia, and where is it headed through the remainder of the "Roaring 20s"?

2:35PM-2:50PM

Networking Break

2:50PM-4:15PM

Demo Day Competition

4:15PM – 4:25PM

Networking Break

4:25PM – 5:10PM

Built-World Venture Capitalists: Investors in The Final Frontier of Innovation

This panel will feature some of the most active AEC investors of 2021 & 2022 and discuss the investment drivers of both the 2021 funding palooza and the more stringent DD involved in 2022 venture investments.

Moderated By:
Dan Laboe, Director of Venture & Investment Research, BuiltWorlds

Speakers:
Vivin Hegde, General Partner, Zacua Ventures
Amelia Miller, Investor, Insight Partners
Sarah Liu, Partner On The Real Estate Technology Investment Team, Fifth Wall
Wan Li Zhu, Managing Partner, Suffolk Technologies
Ty Findley, Co-Founder & General Partner, Ironspring Ventures

Day 2 Schedule

8:00AM-9:00AM

Breakfast & Networking

9:00AM-9:40AM

Climate Tech: The Regulatory Impact on the Built-World

This panel will focus on the global acceleration towards environmentally empowered building technology and how government grants/subsidies are being leveraged by startups and investors.

Moderated By:
Tyler Sewall, Director of Technology Adoption, BuiltWorlds

Speakers:
Guillaume Bazouin, Head of Open Innovation and Startups, Leonard by Vinci
Aaron Anderson, Director of Innovation, Swinerton Builders
Mayra Soto, Associate, Building Ventures
Kathleen Egan, CEO, Ecomedes
Susan Stone, CEO, Ubiquitous Energy

9:40AM-10:20AM

Real Estate Tech: Will ConTech & PropTech Converge?

This panel will be taking a high-level look at the real-estate value chain from material sourcing to building management/maintenance. Speakers will include Investors & stakeholders across a building’s lifecycle for a comprehensive view of where the gaps/opportunities lie and ultimately how the margin-expanding optimizing impact of tech may only be realized once the entire vertical is digitalized.

Moderated By:
Eveart Foster, Director of Technology Adoption, BuiltWorlds

Speakers:
Clifton Harness, Co-Founder & CEO, TestFit
Mike Heller, Senior Associate, Navitas Capital
Ajey Kaushal, Investor, JLL Spark
Daniel Fetner, General Partner, Alpaca VC

10:20AM-10:35AM

Networking Break

11:20AM-12:00PM

A Year of M&A Activity In AEC-Tech

This panel will bring together the players behind the most notable M&A deals of 2022 and discuss the drivers behind each deal. Whether it was value-seeking distressed M&A or sustainability enhancing acquisitions for future operations.

Moderated By:
Daniel Laboe, Director of Venture Investments, BuiltWorlds

Speakers:
Joe Morgan, Managing Director, Piper Sandler
Sidharth Haksar, Head of Strategy, Autodesk Construction Solutions, Autodesk
Meg Baldini, VP, Corporate Development, Procore

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