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Venture Conference Day 2


12.3.2020 9:00AM - 4:00PM


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12/3/20 – BuiltWorlds Venture Conference is the building and infrastructure sector’s premier investor, industry and startup conference, bringing together the most credible, sophisticated, and engaged companies and investors in the built industry. Whether you’re an early- to later-stage start-up looking to meet investors interested in advancing our industry or a corporate or financial investor looking to engage with some of the most promising technology solutions, our Venture Conference is the place to be.

In addition to the session on Day Two outlined below, enjoy our Demo Day and opportunities to meet the Cemex Global Challenge winners on Day One!

Access to the Days One and Two of the Venture Conference is a benefit of BuiltWorlds Membership. To learn more about membership or to sign up to stay connected via our newsletter, visit our Member Network Page.


Leonid Astrin

Managing Partner, Shibumi International

Darren Bechtel

Founder & Managing Director, Brick & Mortar Ventures

David Burns

Vice President, Project Delivery & Emerging Technologies, McCarthy Building Companies Inc.

Keith Churchill

Chief Innovation Officer, Bechtel

Matt Daly

Cofounder and CEO, StructionSite

Jesse Devitte

Co-Founder & General Partner, Building Ventures

Kaushal Diwan

Partner, WND Ventures, DPR Construction

Chad Hollingsworth

Principal, On Target Consulting LLC

Josh Kanner

Founder & CEO, Newmetrix (FKA Smartvid.io)

Yogev Katzir

CEO, InfraLab

Ray Levitt

Operating Partner, Blackhorn Ventures

Will Longsworth

Director of Finance, Barton Malow

Sheila Matuscak

CEO & Founder, Coeo Space

Bob Mazer

Founder, Smart City Works

Grant McCullagh

Director, Thornton Tomasetti

Patrick Murphy

CEO, Togal

Meg Paulus

Partner, HOLT Ventures

James Roche

CEO, Helix

Zach Scheel

CEO, Rhumbix

Weston Tanner

Director, Construction Technology & Innovation, Graycor

Felipe Valencia

Partner - CIO, Veronorte

Ira Weiss

Partner, Hyde Park Venture Partners


Day 1 Schedule

9:00 – 9:45am

State of Corporate Strategic Investing

Grant McCullagh, Director, Thornton Tomasetti | Vivin Hegde, Director Technology Office, Hilti | Will Longsworth, Director of Finance, Barton Malow | Leonid Astrin, Managing Partner, Shibumi International |

Industry players are increasingly dipping their toes into the world of “Corporate Venture Capital” to gain direct access to new technologies while driving wider innovation adoption. How has the role of the CVC investor shifted in the past year and where is it headed?

10:00 – 10:45am

Keys to Running Successful Pilot Programs

Weston Tanner, Director Construction Technology & Innovation, Graycor | Matt Daly, Co-Founder & CEO, StructionSite | Patrick Murphy, CEO - Togal, & Executive Vice President - Coastal Construction | Keith Churchill, Corporate Manager of Construction Technology, Bechtel |

There is no standard and little to benchmark off of when determining how to run pilot programs. Hear from industry leaders on their experiences and best practices when working through a pilot program.

11:00 – 11:45am

Lessons from Veteran Entrepreneurs

Zach Scheel, CEO, Rhumbix | Jamie Roche, CEO, Helix | Chad Hollingsworth, Principal, On Target Consulting | Josh Kanner, Founder & CEO, Smartvid.io |

It pays to have experience when leading early stage technology startups, especially in such a specialized sector as Construction. In this session we’ll gain insights from successful & seasoned entrepreneurs. They’ll share their successes, struggles, and key lessons learned from their time in the sector.

12:00 – 1:00pm

Fireside Chat with Built Environment Investment Pioneers: Jesse Devitte & Darren Bechtel

Jesse Devitte, Co-Founder & General Partner, Building Ventures | Darren Bechtel, Founder & Managing Director, Brick & Mortar Ventures |

BuiltWorlds Founder & Executive Chairman Matt Gray is joined by Building Ventures Co-founder & General Partner, Jesse Devitte, and Brick & Mortar Founder & Managing Director, Darren Bechtel. This fireside chat will cover the recent path that investment in construction tech has taken, and we’ll hear their views on what the future holds in terms of industry wide tech adoption and investor participation in the market.

1:00 – 1:45pm

Technologists’ Perspective on the Current ConTech Landscape

Kaushal Diwan, National Director of Innovation, DPR Construction | David Burns, Director Innovation & Project Delivery, McCarthy Building Companies |

Industry interest in technology adoption and implementation has seen a significant uptick in the past decade. Along with that the new role of “Director of Technology/Innovation” has become much more important & relevant. These individuals are constantly faced with the questions of what solution to use, and how to implement it in order to address business challenges. We’ll chat directly with Innovation leaders on the applicability and depth of solutions available to the market today.

2:00 – 2:45pm

Fostering the New Generation of Seed Startups

Sheila Matuscak, Co-Founder & CEO, Coeo Space | Yogev Katzir, CEO, Infralab | Bob Mazer, Founder, Smart City Works | Ira Weiss, Professor at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, & Partner with Hyde Park Venture Partners |

With the increased interest in ConTech and PropTech adoption and investment activity, there continues to be an influx of early stage solutions. Hear from Accelerators & University Entrepreneurship programs on how they aim to foster growth and provide their support to these seed stage startups.

3:00 – 3:45pm

Corporate & Traditional Investment Strategies: Benefits of Partnership & Co-Investment

Felipe Valencia, Partner - CIO, Veronorte | Meg Paulus, Partner, HOLT Ventures | Ray Levitt, Operating Partner, Blackhorn Ventures |

Corporate players and their investment arms are key parties in providing use cases, validating, and expanding market reach to technology startups. Traditional Venture Capital firms are able to act quickly and provide ample capital to early stage tech companies on the verge of breaking through to the next level. These two parties working together in an investment effort can often be a mutually beneficial experience. We’ll explore this and be joined by two companies (A CVC, & VC) who have recently invested alongside one another.

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