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Venture Conference Chicago


4.3.2019 - 4.4.2019


The Westin Michigan Ave | 909 N Michigan Ave Chicago, IL 60611

Premier Sponsors

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.

On Day 1 we will be hosting our Demo Day Competition. BuiltWorlds has many opportunities to hear from some of the industry’s leading technology startups. Demo Day provides the opportunity for startups to present their game-changing solutions to actual investors interested in built world technology across categories like ConstrucTech, PropTech, Smart City Tech, and FinTech.

Click Here to view Judges or Apply to Compete


Venue Details | April 3 – 4


Day 1 | Demo Day Competition

Wednesday April 3, 2019 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Location: Westin Chicago River North | 320 N Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60654
Learn more or Apply to participate in Demo Day

Day 1 | Networking Reception

Wednesday April 3, 2019 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Location: Westin Chicago River North | 320 N Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60654

Day 2 | Venture Conference Sessions

Thursday April 4, 2019 8:00 am – 3:30 pm Location: Westin Chicago River North | 320 N Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60654


Andrew Ackerman

Managing Director

Minas Apelian

VP, R&D & Global Director of NOVA External Ventures, Saint-Gobain

Kyle Beatty

Principal, Entrepreneur, Scholar, American Family Ventures

Todd Burns

President, Project & Development Services, Jones Lang-LaSalle (JLL)

Jesse Devitte

Co-Founder & General Partner, Building Ventures

Matt Gagne

Research Manager, BuiltWorlds

Chase Gilbert

CEO, Built Technologies Inc.

Peter Grant

CEO, Safesite

Lauren Lake

Chief Operating Officer & Co-Founder, Bridgit

Mike Latiner

BuiltWorlds Venture Forum, BuiltWorlds

Jim Lichtenwalter

Research Analyst, BuiltWorlds

Martha Notaras

Partner, XL Innovate

David Tenenbaum

Managing Director, Aon IP Solutions, Aon

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

1:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Westin River North

Demo Day Competition Welcome

Demo Day provides the opportunity for startups to present their game-changing solutions to actual investors interested in built world technology across categories like ConstrucTech, PropTech, Smart City Tech, and FinTech.

View Judges or Apply to Participate Here

1:30 PM – 1:40 PM

APiO Demo

Founded in the heart of Utah’s Silicon Slopes, APiO leverages direct integration with accounting and third-party data, machine learning and it's secret sauce to change the game of financial automation. Their mission is to unlock trillions in B2B credit and cash-flow around the world.

1:40 PM – 1:50 PM


BOXABL is a patented system that delivers factory built rooms which combine onsite to produce most residential and many light commercial construction solutions, with floor plans and architectural styles determined by the customer, at a price that demolishes the competition.

1:50 PM – 2:00 PM

Civdrone Demo

Civdrone is a construction tech startup aiming to revolutionize land surveying. Thanks to its robotic mechanism, marking points has never been so fast, simple and reliable. Civdrone is using a custom-made staking mechanism controlled by autopilot algorithm and data management software.

2:00 PM – 2:10 PM

Construction Robotics Demo

Construction Robotics, LLC is a Victor, New York-based company that aims to advance the construction industry by providing robotics and automation solutions specifically designed to increase productivity and efficiency while improving the quality of life for workers.

2:10 PM – 2:20 PM

Fidelium Demo

FideliumTech is reinventing how work gets done. Their Crossover-Game platform, Slackrz, merges gameplay with real-world utility and education, adding an exciting twist to how manufacturing and construction projects are designed, engineered and built.

2:20 PM – 2:30 PM

Homebase Demo

Homebase is a connected building and community management platform that brings together the benefits of simplified property management, building automation and smart home living. Its apps for residents, managers, maintenance staff and owners put robust controls and insight for smart home devices, building systems, and smart amenity services within reach — anytime, anywhere.

2:30 PM – 2:40 PM

Igor Demo

Igor is a leader in IoT technology platforms for the smart buildings of the future. Igor’s IoT platform, Nexos, uses existing PoE cables to transform buildings into smart, agile structures on which any solution and device can be layered. Nexos includes a tightly integrated smart and connected lighting platform for advanced lighting controls. It is a real-time solution to transform static building systems into truly IoT-enabled and dynamic platforms of the future.

2:40 PM – 2:50 PM


2:50 PM – 3:00 PM

Kewazo Demo

KEWAZO develops smart robotic elevators for industrial and construction sites, with the first application focus being scaffolding assembly. KEWAZO's robotic system enables flexible, cost-efficient and safe transportation of scaffolding parts during assembly. Two workers with the robot can get a job done faster than three or more with conventional methods. Alongside with a robotic system, KEWAZO provides its customers with a data analytics platform.

3:00 PM – 3:10 PM

Kwant.ai Demo

Kwant.ai is the first company to use proprietary low powered sensors network to automate construction site data collection to improve safety and productivity. Using artificial intelligence, Kwant .ai provides actionable analytics like schedule and cost risk, early warning signals to optimize workforce and predict and prevent safety incidents.

3:10 PM – 3:20 PM

Licify Demo

Licify is a revolutionary procurement platform that is radically improving the way buyers and suppliers interact in the real estate sector in Latin America.

3:20 PM – 3:30 PM


LINQ’s mission is to break down the information silos and empower contractors to make confident decisions that will keep project costs and schedules on track.

3:40 PM – 3:50 PM

Mechasys Demo

Mechasys is developing an intelligent laser projection system that displays real-scale blueprints on jobsites. Their technological advances in computer vision and laser positioning allows them to project building plans information on floors, walls, and ceilings.

3:50 PM – 4:00 PM

NEXT Energy Demo

NEXT is developing game-changing transparent photovoltaic glass that allows architects and building owners to transform windows and glass facades into producers of low-cost, on-site, renewable energy for commercial buildings.

4:00 PM – 4:10 PM

Permits.com Demo

PERMITS.com streamlines the process of getting sign, solar and construction-related permits while supporting the community of 2.3M contractors working on 52M+ projects requiring permits every year.

4:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Judges Deliberation & Winner Announcement

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Westin Chicago River North | 320 N Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60654

Networking Reception

Day 2 Schedule

8:00 AM – 8:40 AM
Westin Chicago River North | 320 N Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60654

Welcome Breakfast & Networking

8:40 AM – 9:00 AM

Opening Remarks & Keynote: State of Venture in the Industry

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 Built World Investment Report Card, the Top Venture Deals of 2018 and how the past few years of innovation in the space has been shaped by financing.

9:05 AM – 9:35 AM

Investors Break Down Funding Technology Solutions in the Built World

Kyle Beatty, Partner, American Family Ventures | Martha Notaras, Partner, XL Innovate

2018 was a big year for venture financing in the built world. Our industry saw ample high profile investments and financial moves from investment funds. As the adoption of technology on jobsites and within construction organizations increases, investors are steadily seeing the construction field as fertile ground for investments. In this panel, we’ll sit down with some of the key players, who are pouring money into tech solutions for the AEC space, and figure out their strategies and plans moving forward.

9:40 AM – 10:00 AM

Networking & Refreshments

10:05 AM – 10:35 AM

FinTech Solutions: Advances in the Digital Money Trail

David Wald, CEO, Aclaimant | Chase Gilbert, CEO, Built | Steve Wightman, CEO, Buildpay | Peter Grant, CEO, SafeSite

As the built industry continues to adopt technology at rapid rates, one of the most common tech applications we are seeing is FinTech. From lending to insurance to payment processes, these applications help owners and project managers keep track information, risk claims, and contracts. During this panel, we’ll be showcasing a few of these FinTech solutions, and demonstrating how they can help you with your next project.

10:40 AM – 11:20 AM

Building Ventures’ Jesse Devitte Talks Building a Better World

Jesse Devitte, Co-Founder & General Partner, Building Ventures

Last year, Borealis Co-Founder Jessie Devitte started Building Ventures, a fund-company focused on investing in solutions for the built world. After closing its $53 million fund in December, the firm is ready to invest in companies dedicated to building a better world. Our News Analyst, Jim Lichtenwalter, will sit down with Jesse and talk about Building Ventures, its goals, and the fund’s next moves.

11:25 AM – 11:55 AM

Lauren Lake on Bridgit’s Growth

Lauren Lake, Co-Founder, Bridgit

Our Research Manager, Matt Gagne, will sit down with the Co-Founder of Bridgit, Lauren Lake. Together they will explore Lauren’s experience creating a project management software startup in a field largely dominated by giants like Autodesk, PROCORE, and Oracle. We’ll also dive into the dynamic of growing a successful business with two founders, how their Canadian roots help them provide a global perspective, and so much more.

12:00 PM – 12:40 PM


Keynote Sponsor: Nova by Saint-Gobain

12:50 PM – 1:40 PM

Keynote: Valuing the Intellectual Property in Startups

David Tenenbaum, Managing Director, Aon IP Solutions

In 2018, Aon acquired Intellectual Property firm 601West, in an effort to help clients assess and manage rapidly growing IP risk. IP is truly the most valuable asset in today’s business world. We’ll be hearing from Aon’s Chief Innovation Officer for its Intellectual Property Solutions Group on the decision to build out expertise in IP and how it plans to drive value in our largely intangible economy.

1:40 PM – 2:20 PM

Topic Breakout Session

1. Thinking about intellectual property in your business.

2. Sourcing startups for an accelerator program, incubator, or portfolio.

3. Current landscape: Sources of data for acquisition pricing, underwriting, and more.

4. Where is the value of thoughtful FinTech solutions in construction?

2:25 PM – 2:55 PM

Incubators, Accelerators & Open Innovation Initiatives

Minas Apelian, Vice President, R&D Global Director of NOVA External Ventures, Saint-Gobain | Andrew Ackerman, Managing Director, Dreamit| Mike Latiner, President & Principal, Treehouse Adventures | Todd Burns, Global President of Project Development & Management, JLL

While venture capitalists and investment funds give startups cold, hard cash, incubators and accelerators often offer young companies monetary assistance and other vital resources. Industry expertise, connections, product-market fit testing, and education are often necessities for new startups. This panel will focus on what incubators and accelerators do to help startups in ways just beyond providing cash.

2:55 PM – 3:05 PM

Thanks for joining us

Matt Gray, Founder, BuiltWorlds

3:05 PM – 3:35 PM

Network Reception


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

Location: Westin Chicago River North | 320 N Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60654

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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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).

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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 are available here.

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 events@builtworlds.com for any and all questions!