Venture Conference

Date & Time

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 7:30 am - 4:00 pm


DLA Piper 444 W Lake St #900 Chicago, IL 60606

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

According to CB Insights research, 2016 brought the highest number of “built tech” startup investments by VC funds (a 169% increase since 2012) in history.

Major corporate players such as Caterpillar, DeWalt, Fluor, and Autodesk have all made strategic investments. Built tech focused incubators and accelerators are springing up left and right, helping startups develop products that aim to potentially disrupt the industry.

So, with the new age of investment interest in AEC upon us, a few questions need to be answered: Who are the major players you need to be aware of? Where are they investing? What are they potentially missing? What trends will turn into widespread adoption? And how can you capitalize?

During Venture Conference, we’ll address everything venture in the built world, including:

  • How investors and startups deal with AEC specific challenges around technology disruption
  • What analysts are saying about market trends within the built environment (from real estate tech to construction tech to prop tech).
  • Understanding the “built tech” success formula: case studies of going from early stage of to ultimately a successful exit by acquisition or IPO  
  • The new AEC “focused” VC funds and strategic funds you need to know about
  • A look into how industry deals are structured and valued as well as the myriad legal, HR, and financial challenges that occur along the way.

At the Conference, we will be picking the winners from our March Madness Start-Up Challenge, featuring the built world's most promising early-stage startups and growth unicorns.

We’re featuring two tiers of startups:

  1. Seed/early stage and
  2. Growth/later stage bracket
For VCs and march madness finalists: we’ll be facilitating half day private meetings between startups and industry/investor/big tech companies in the space. Start ups attending will be invited to apply for meetings with as many as twelve investors groups and corporate strategic groups that will be in attendance.



Tim Sznewajs

Managing Director, D.A. Davidson

Jesse Devitte

Managing Partner, Borealis Ventures

Michael Young

General Manager, Cat Ventures

KP Reddy

Tech-Entrepreneur, Investor & Innovation Catalyst, Shadow Ventures

David Hindley

Senior Director Corporate Development, Autodesk

Gonzalo Galindo

Head of CEMEX Ventures, CEMEX Ventures

Michelle Council

VP Strategic and Commercial Development, APTIM

Scott Kolbrenner

Managing Director, Houlihan Lokey

David Claffey

Communications and Marketing Manager, RealtyShares

Mark Tepper

Vice President of Sales and Business Development, Matterport

Roelof Opperman

Principal, Fifth Wall

Jake Fingert

Partner, Camber Creek

Gabe Greenbaum

Vice President, The Pritzker Group


DLA Piper 444 W Lake St #900 Chicago, IL 60606


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