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Venture West 2024

April 3-4, 2024 | San Francisco, CA


4.3.2024 at 8:00AM - 4.4.2024 at 5:00PM


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

About Venture West:

Venture West 2023 saw $127.5B in aggregate investor AUM dedicated to advancing this paper-trailing industry. 2024 is poised to bring together even more innovation-driving Venture Capital.

Venture West brings together corporate leaders, innovators, and investors at the heart of the built environment’s digital transformation.

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.

Members, see registration information below.

Auxillary Events at Venture West

Dealmaker's Alley

Last year at Venture West, we introduced Dealmaker's Alley - a structured way for both investors and startups to schedule meetings and discuss potential opportunities in a quiet place separate from the main conference area.

2024 Investor Participants - Click Each to Learn more

Recent BuiltWorlds Venture Research

Mihir Somalwar

Corporate Innovation Lead, Hensel Phelps

Dai Ohama

General Manager, Innovation and Incubation Office, Kajima

Zach Aarons

Co-Founder & General Partner, MetaProp

Allison Myers

Co-Founder & General Partner, Buoyant Ventures

Santhosh Krishna Chandrabalan

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

Atul Khanzode

Chief Technology Officer, DPR Construction

Leila Banijamali

CEO, Symbium

Benny Baltrotsky

VP of Commercialization, Stanley Black and Decker

Diana Swenton

Vice President - Venture Capital, Suffolk Technologies

Parker Mundt

Vice President of Platform, Suffolk Technologies

Bassem Hamdy

CEO, briq

Burak Gursel

Acquisition & Integration Manager, Simpson Strong-Tie

Eliot Jones

Principal, Corporate Venturing and Partnership Development, Trimble

Rodrigo Zetina

Strategy and Business Development Manager, Progreso X

Sadanand Sahasrabudhe

CoFounder, CEO, ConstructivIQ

Ray Levitt

Operating Partner, Blackhorn Ventures

Alice Leung

Vice President, Brick & Mortar Ventures

Igor Starkov

CEO, Teleworker AI

Kevin Albert

CEO, Canvas

Tomas Henninge

Head of Construction, Startuplab

Joselyn Lai

Co-Founder/CEO, Bedrock Energy

Daniel Dart

General Partner, Rock Yard

Gabe Greenbaum

General Partner, B Capital

Nick Martin

Co-founder & COO, Carbon Reform

Rae Oakley

Investment Manager, Prologis Ventures

Caleb Carr

CEO, Vita Inclinata

Yuji Doi

Director of Innovation and Incubation, Kajima

Serena Crivellaro

Managing Director, KPMG

Gavin Myers

Managing Partner, Prudence

Ariana Pareja

President, Co-founder, Pareja Foundation

Maxime De Scheemaeker

VP Sales, Juunoo

Breton Birkhofer

Managing Director, DivcoWest

Brendan Hermalyn

CEO, Thalo Labs

Kaustubh Pandya

Partner, Brick & Mortar Ventures

Jeral Poskey

Founder & CEO, Swyft Cities

Rosemarie Lipman

Director, BuiltWorlds

Jae Choi

Chief Operating Officer, Xpanner

Grant McCullagh

Director, Thornton Tomasetti

Darren Bechtel

Founder & Managing Director, Brick & Mortar Ventures

Jeff Herriman

Managing Director, Big Blue Innovations

Michael Khait

Co-Founder & Chief Technical Officer (CTO), TrustPoint

Luke Mairo

Chief Operating Officer (COO) & Co-Founder, Voltpost

Henri Lee

CEO & Founder, Xpanner

Derrick Morse

Founder and CEO, Rugged Robotics

Marc Krichman

CEO, 811spotter

Krishna Ramaswamy

Co-Founder & CEO, ClimeCast

Seth Nickinson

Head of Product, Sewer AI

Akihiro Manda

Deputy Manager, Kajima

Adam Yellin

Founder & CEO, REQpay

Matt Wheelis

SVP Strategy, Build & Construct, Nemetschek Group

Allen Preger

Partner, Building Ventures

Noel Brady

COO, ProjectMark

Scott Fairley

Founder & CEO, Optimotive Technologies

Tulika Raj

Manager, CRH Ventures

Bryant Solomon

CEO, Controlqore

Forest Flager

CEO and Cofounder, Parspec

General Sessions

Day 1 Schedule

8:00AM – 9:00AM

Registration & Breakfast

9:00AM – 9:30AM


Gabe Greenbaum, General Partner, B Capital Group

9:30AM – 10:10AM

Go-To-Market Strategies

This panel will dissect the different strategies AEC founders have taken to penetrate this slow to adopt industry. The panelists will assess the best/worst paths forward for built world innovators across technology types.

Atul Khanzode, Chief Technology Officer, DPR Construction
Daniel Dart, General Partner, Rock Yard Ventures
Sadanand Sahasrabudhe, Co-Founder & CEO, ConstructivIQ
Maxime De Scheemaeker, VP of US Business Development, JUUNOO
Caleb Carr, CEO, Vita Inclinita

10:10AM – 10:40AM

Networking Break

10:40AM – 11:20AM

Standardizing Pilot Programs

This discussion will look at how different AEC innovation teams approach new innovation. Questions that will be addressed include: What are the best practice when partnering with a built world startup? How do you vet out the studs from the duds? How to assess the business impact following a product pilot?

Parker Mundt, Vice President of Platform, Suffolk Technologies
Rodrigo Zetina, Strategy & Business Development Manager, Progreso X
Yuji Doi, Director of Innovation and Incubation, Kajima

11:20PM – 12:00PM

Automation: Antidote to Growing Challenges in the Construction and Solar Industries

The construction and solar industries are experiencing massive growth opportunities. At the same time, weak productivity and labor shortages are threatening delivery times and margins. During this session, Xpanner will unpack some of our industries’ challenges and share the automation solutions they are rolling out.

Jae Choi, COO, Xpanner
Henri Lee, CEO & Founder, Xpanner

12:00PM – 1:00PM

Lunch brought to you by Kajima

1:00PM – 1:15PM

State of Venture & Investments In The Built World

BuiltWorlds proprietary research presentation highlighting investment activity in the prior 12 months and what to expect over the next year.

1:15PM – 1:55PM

Financing FinTech in Construction

Digital financial solutions have become top of mind for contractors, subcontractors, and tradesmen, that can't afford to wait 30-days to get paid for work they've already completed. This panel will discuss emerging FinTech & Insurtech solutions in the AEC space and their potential impact on this space.

Ray Levitt, Operating Partner, Blackhorn Ventures
Aaron Toppston, Managing Partner, GS Futures
Michael Khait, CTO, TrustPoint

1:55AM – 2:35PM

Optimize Your Cap-Table: Strategic vs. Financially Motivated Ownership

Having the right balance of corporate venture capital (CVC) and traditional VC is critical for success in this nuanced innovation niche. This panel will dive into the benefits and drawbacks of both strategic and financially motivated venture ownership.

Zach Aarons, Co-Founder & General Partner, MetaProp
Benny Baltrotsky, VP of Commercialization, Stanley Black and Decker
Serena Crivellaro, Managing Director, Construction Sector Lead, KPMG
Gavin Myers, Managing Partner, Prudence
Ariana Pareja, President & Co-Founder, Pareja Foundation

2:35PM – 3:00PM

Networking Break brought to you by BIG

3:00PM – 5:00PM

Demo Day Competition

10 built world startups positioned for success.

5:00PM – 7:00PM

Reception by Simpson Strong-Tie

Sponsored by Simpson Strong-Tie, attendees will have an opportunity to unwind and network with other guests with light food and beverages.

Day 2 Schedule

8:00AM – 9:00AM

Breakfast & Networking

9:00AM – 9:40AM

Robot's Place In The Built World

Interest in robotic solutions has grown materially in recent quarters as the skilled labor shortage becomes an apparent issue. Labor augmenting robots could be the answer, but join this session to learn more.

Mihir Somalwar, Corporate Innovation Lead, Hensel Phelps
Kevin Albert, CEO, Canvas
Alice Leung, Vice President, Brick & Mortar Ventures
Derrick Morse, Founder & CEO, Rugged Robotics
Tomas Henninge, Head of Construction, Startuplab

9:40AM – 10:20AM

The Future of Physical Infrastructure

The physical infrastructure of the built world needs a facelift as we enter the next-stage of our advancing civilization. Regulators, legacy AEC players, innovators, and investors are pouring an enormous amount of resources into the build out of the next generation of our infrastructure. This panel will discuss the latest infrastructure innovations and what the future of this part of the built world could look like.

Tulika Raj, Manager, CRH Ventures
Rae Oakley, Investment Manager, Prologis Ventures
Seth Nickinson, Head of Product, SewerAI

10:20AM – 10:40AM

Networking Break

10:40AM – 11:20AM

The Journey to Net-Zero

The built world accounts for ~40% of global emissions. This panel will discuss where leading AECO players are adopting sustainable technologies and the innovations at the forefront of this adoption curve.

Allison Myers, Co-Founder & General Partner, Buoyant Ventures
Leila Banijamali, CEO, Symbium
Joselyn Lai, Co-Founder & CEO, Bedrock Energy
Nick Martin, COO & Co-Founder, Carbon Reform

11:20AM – 12:00PM

Exit Strategies

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

Kaustubh Pandaya, Partner, Brick & Mortar Ventures
Jeff Herriman, Managing Director, Ascentage Group
Igor Starkov, CEO, Teleworker AI
Breton Birkhofer, Managing Director, DivcoWest

12:00PM – 1:00PM

Closed Session: Strategic Member Luncheon

Attendees who are part of our strategic level membership are welcome to attend this luncheon where discussions around programming for the rest of 2024 and beyond will take place.

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