Venture Conference Chicago


4.3.2019 - 4.4.2019


The Westin Chicago River North 320 North Dearborn Street Chicago, IL 60654

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The Premier Event Covering The New Age of Venture Capital in the Built World.


2018 marked the greatest year of venture funds flowing into the built environment nearly tripling the value that we saw the year prior. It appears we’ve entered a new age of investment interest in the space and we can’t wait to talk about it.

Our second annual Venture Chicago Conference is a multi-day premium event that brings together the built world’s leading investors and hottest startups for a deep dive into the trends and themes shaping the new era of Venture in our industry. This year we’ll touch on FinTech, Intellectual Property, and Acquisitions, all while speaking with investors and startup founders on their experiences, advice, and outlooks into the promising market we operate within.

We’ll be shining a light on the intersection of finance and risk management and technology, with special guests from Aon, XL Innovate, and American Family Ventures, among others.


Andrew Ackerman

Managing Director, Dreamit

Kyle Beatty

Principal, AmFam Ventures

Adam Bridgman

Partner, HOLT Ventures

Mallorie Brodie

CEO, Bridgit

Jesse Devitte

Managing Partner, Borealis Ventures

Matt Gagne

Research Manager, BuiltWorlds

Chase Gilbert

CEO, Built Technologies

Peter Grant

CEO, Safesite Solutions

Lauren Lake

Co-Founder, Bridgit

Michael Latiner

President, Treehouse/Clayco

Jim Lichtenwalter

Journalist, BuiltWorlds

Martha Notaras

Partner, XL Innovate

Laura Plunkett

Director External Ventures, Saint-Gobain

David Wald

CEO and Co-Founder, Aclaimant

Steve Wightman

CEO, BuildPay


Startup CEOs

They’ve got an amazing new technology that will revolutionize the built industry. They have vision, energy, grit, and a great business plan. They’re only missing one thing – cash.

Executives of Venture Firms

They are taking the pulse of the industry, scanning the room for the next technology that will make it BIG. They know how to get a business off the ground and bring in major cash.

Leaders of Corporate Innovation Programs and Investment Groups

They see that technology is constantly changing. At any second, a new trend could disrupt their business. They need to stay ahead of the curve and make sure they are in control of industry changes. They know that the best way to dominate the industry is to invest in cutting-edge tech.


Day 1 Schedule


Breakfast & Networking


Opening Remarks & Keynote: State of Venture in the Industry

Matt Gagne, Research Manager, BuiltWorlds

BuiltWorlds Research Manager, Matt Gagne will be walking through where the built industry is in 2019 with regards to the world of venture capital. Gagne will touch on the BuiltWorlds 2018 Year-in-Review, the Venture Deals 50 List and how the past few years of innovation in the space has been shaped by financing.


Investors Panel

Moderator: Jim Lichtenwalter, Journalist, BuiltWorlds | Kyle Beatty, Partner, American Family Ventures | Martha Notaras, Partner, XL Innovate | Adam Bridgman, Partner, HOLT CAT Ventures


Networking & Refreshments


FinTech "Showcase" in the BuiltWorld Panel

Moderator: Matt Gagne, Research Manager, BuiltWorlds | David Wald, CEO, Aclaimant | Chase Gilbert, CEO, Built | Peter Grant, CEO, SafeSite | Steve Wightman, CEO, Buildpay


Fireside Chat: Jesse Devitte on Building Ventures

Moderator: Jim Lichtenwalter, Journalist, BuiltWorlds | Jesse Devitte, Managing Director & Co-Founder, Building Ventures




Keynote: Valuing the Intellectual Property in Startups



Fireside Chat: Mallorie Brodie & Lauren Lake on Bridgit

Moderator: Matt Gagne, Research Manager, BuiltWorlds | Mallorie Brodie, CEO & Co-Founder, Bridgit | Lauren Lake, Co-Founder, Bridgit


Topic Breakout Session


Incubators, Accelerators & Open Innovation Initiatives Panel

Moderator: Jim Lichtenwalter, News Analyst, BuiltWorlds | Laura Plunkett, Strategy Director, NOVA by Saint Gobain | Andrew Ackerman, Managing Director, Dreamit| Mike Latiner, President & Principal, Treehouse Adventures


Closing Remarks

Matt Gagne, Research Manager, BuiltWorlds


Network Reception


Wednesday April 3 from 5:30PM – 7:30PM

Join us for an intimate evening of drinks, hors-d’oeuvres, and networking with Future Workforce speakers, special guests, and BuiltWorlds Standard, Enterprise, and Strategic Members. We keep the guest list small and the drinks cold so you can focus on making the connections that matter. Space is limited and tickets will sell out.

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What's included in the ticket?

Access to all sessions at the conference.
Continental breakfast, lunch, and all-day refreshments.
Participation in BuiltWorlds Research-led breakout sessions.
Access to available white papers, speaker presentations (per speaker consent) and event attendee portal.
Invitation to the VIP Kick Off Party (for Standard, Enterprise, and Strategic Members).

What do I do if I can't attend?

Once redeemed, tickets can only be canceled and replenished to member accounts up to 30 days prior to the start date of the event. After that, unused tickets may not be replenished to the member’s account.
To do so, please email For more information on our event and ticket policies, visit Terms and Conditions

Where should I stay?

All parts of our Venture Conference will take place at the Westin Chicago River North. If you want to be near all the action, you can find a room there in our discounted room block!

How do I book a discounted room?

The Westin River North is offering a limited rate for $319 for the night of Wednesday, April 3. Cutoff date for special rates is Wednesday, March 13, 2019. Online booking forms will be available shortly.

Which airport should I fly into?

O’Hare (ORD) and Midway (MDW) are both nearby. Rideshares, taxis, car rentals, and public transit (CTA) are easily accessible from both locations.

How do I access the event?

Proceed through the hotel lobby and check in with BuiltWorlds staff.

Is parking available?

Westin River North offers valet parking for $69 daily; on-site parking $49 daily; off-site parking $13 daily.

Where can I get more questions answered?

We’re happy to help you! Please contact our Events Coordinator, Alex Maksymec, at for any and all questions!