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Venture West Conference


11.6.2019 - 11.7.2019


Garden Court Hotel 520 Cowper St Palo Alto, CA 94301


The New Age of Venture Capital

BuiltWorlds Venture West Conference brings together the most credible, sophisticated, and engaged 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 investor looking to engage with some of the most promising technology solutions, our Venture West Conference is the place to be. Enjoy two days of panel discussions, keynote speakers, demonstrations, and intimate networking opportunities.

Venue Details | November 6-7

Garden Court Hotel | 520 Cowper St, Palo Alto, CA 94301

Wednesday, November 6


FMI ‘Speed Dating’ Workshop: 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Corporate VC Luncheon w/ BuiltWorlds Analysts: 11:30 am – 12:45 pm

Demo Day: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Your all-inclusive ticket includes access to our Demo Day where you’ll hear from some of the industry’s leading technology startups as well as our esteemed panel of investor judges. Have the opportunity to see startups present their leading-edge solutions to real investors interested in creating the future of the built world.

Reception: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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Thursday, November 7

Conference Program: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Read on for the schedule of speakers, topics, and more.

“BuiltWorlds has brought together an amazing community in the construction tech world. Venture West is a shining example of that where you not just have some really good startups on stage but also some really clued in investors watching them”  – Vivin Hedge, Director, Tech Office, Hilti

“Great Event, If you are interested in connecting with the people who have their finger on the “pulse” of what is happening now, this is the event for you.” – Tony DeAscentis, CEO/Co-Founder, Ving LLC


Kevin Barnes

Vice President & Managing Director, Ferguson Ventures

Guillaume Bazouin

Head of Open Innovation and Startups, Leonard by Vinci

Darren Bechtel

Founder & Managing Director, Brick & Mortar Ventures

Gonzalo Galindo

Head of CEMEX Ventures, CEMEX Ventures

Vivin Hegde

General Manager, ICT, Trimble-Hilti JV, Hilti

Shawn Hill

Partner, Moderne Ventures

Ray Levitt

Operating Partner, Blackhorn Ventures

Meg Paulus

Partner, HOLT Ventures

Travis Putnam

Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Navitas Capital

Momei Qu

Managing Director, PSP Growth

Rajesh Ram

Co-Founder and Chief Customer Officer, Egnyte

Rusty Reed

Chief Strategy Officer, Procore

Tom Spahn

Vice President, Camber Creek

Kitty Sullivan

Investments Director, JLL Spark

Earnest Sweat

Principal, Prologis Ventures

Michael Young

Director, Caterpillar Ventures, Caterpillar

Demo Day Judges

Kevin Barnes

Vice President & Managing Director, Ferguson Ventures

Darren Bechtel

Founder & Managing Director, Brick & Mortar Ventures

Travis Connors

Co-Founder and General Partner, Building Ventures

Andrea Drager

Principal, Azure Capital

Shawn Hill

Partner, Moderne Ventures

Cutler Knupp

Director - Strategy and Technology Investment, Haskell

Eric Lamb

Managing Director, WND Ventures

Bob Mazer

Founder, Smart City Works


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.

2019 Venture West Agenda

Day 1 Schedule

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

FMI Workshop: CVC Speed Dating

11:45 AM – 12:45 PM

Exclusive Corporate Venture Capital Lunch (Invite Only)

This invite-only luncheon is a chance for the BuiltWorlds Analyst Team to debrief with leading CVCs in the industry to gauge best practices, successes, and beyond to share with the broader BuiltWorlds Membership.

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Demo Day

A presentation-based event focused on providing startups in the built industry a chance to receive feedback and expand their reach in front of a panel of expert judges and our entire Venture West attendee group.

Cviker AR
Good2Go, Inc.

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Welcome Reception

Day 2 Schedule

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Breakfast & Networking

9:00 AM – 9:15 AM

Opening Remarks

Matt Gagne, Research Manager, BuiltWorlds

BuiltWorlds Research Manager, Matt Gagne will set the stage for the day, briefly touching on the past year in investments, technology development, and key themes surrounding the venture landscape of the built environment.

9:15 AM – 9:45 AM

Fireside Chat: A Look Back at Built Industry Investment

Michael Young, Director, Caterpillar Ventures, Caterpillar

9:50 AM – 10:20 AM

Panel: Investing in Real Estate, PropTech, and the Built Environment

Shawn Hill, Partner, Moderne Ventures | Travis Putnam, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Navitas Capital | Tom Spahn, Vice President, Camber Creek

Hear from some of the industry’s leading investors taking on real estate technology, PropTech, and the broader built world innovation landscape. Which trends have they seen play out and which have yet to hit the mainstream? Whether you’re a founder looking for insight into the investment landscape or generally curious as to how investors in the space think, this panel is a must-see.

10:25 AM – 10:55 AM

Networking Break

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Panel: Corporate Venture Capital in the Built Industry

Guillaume Bazouin, Open Innovation & Startup Programs, Leonard | Earnest Sweat, Director, Investments, Prologis Ventures | Kitty Sullivan, Director of Investments, JLL Spark | Meg Paulus, Partner, Holt Ventures

Digitization is reshaping so many industries around the globe, but none more significantly than the built environment. Company leaders are using corporate venture capital (CVC) to gain access to these new technologies while accelerating innovation. There is no substitute for industry expertise as an industry-focused startup develops, and as such, the role of CVC players is more important than ever.

11:30 PM – 12:00 PM

Fireside Chat: Investing in a Bear Market

Ray Levitt, Operating Partner, Blackhorn Ventures

Explore how the various stakeholders (designers, contractors, developers, and building owner-operators) within the AEC lifecycle traditionally fare in downturns. Many of the point solutions in the market today offering functions like, automated data capture, data integration, data analytics & insights, digital twins, lien and payment processing, among others, can generate remaining or even enhanced value to the players in these industry sectors in a downturn, especially if software startups can structure their pricing and licensing to maximize ongoing revenues even in a downturn.

12:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Lunch & Networking

1:10 PM – 1:40 PM

Keynote: Growth Investing and the New Age of PropTech

Momei Qu, Vice President, PSP Growth

Our industry has heard the message loud and clear – real estate and construction need to be more digitized. In recent years hundreds of PropTech businesses were formed and received billions of dollars from venture capitalists. Where do we go from here? Join Momei Qu, lead PropTech investor at growth equity firm PSP Growth, as she talks about the current state of play and how she finds sustainable businesses in a fast-growing but increasingly crowded sector.

1:45 PM – 2:15 PM

Panel: Technology Development in a Recession

Rajesh Ram, Co-Founder & Chief Customer Officer, Egnyte | Rusty Reed, Chief Strategy Officer, Procore

With the potential of an upcoming recession, the business within the built industry will surely be impacted. What does this mean for technology adoption? Hear from the perspective of those who have already developed technology through similar times, how they handled investing in R&D, marketing to their customers, and beyond. How do you recession-proof your business or product?

2:20 PM – 2:50 PM

Panel: Limited Partners in the Brick & Mortar Fund

Darren Bechtel, Founder & Managing Director, Brick & Mortar Ventures | Kevin Barnes, VP & Managing Director, Ferguson Ventures | Vivin Hegde, Director, Tech Office, Hilti Tech Office | Gonzalo Galindo, President, Cemex Ventures

Brick & Mortar Ventures just announced the raise of a nearly $100 million fund focused solely on the built industry. What does this mean beyond the increased interest in construction technology and PropTech? How did they attract a star lineup of LPs and what is their role in advancing the built industry through investment? We’ll hear from Darren Bechtel and three of his LPs on the goals of the fund and what the future looks like for the relationships behind it.

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Takeaways: Where do we go from here?

Matt Gagne, Research Manager, BuiltWorlds


Wednesday November 6 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?

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To do so, please email events@builtworlds.com. For more information on our event and ticket policies, visit Terms and Conditions

Where should I stay?

All parts of our Venture West Conference will take place at the Garden Court Hotel, Palo Alto. 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 Garden Court Hotel is offering a limited rate for $599 for the night of Wednesday, November 6, and $499 for the night of Thursday, November 7. To book a room at this rate, please call the hotel directly at (650) 322-9000 or email .

You must identify yourself as part of the BuiltWorlds Venture West event for special rates. Cutoff date for special rates is Monday, October 7, 2019.

Which airport should I fly into?

There are multiple to choose from, including: San Francisco International (SFO), Oakland International (OAK), and San Jose International (SJC).

How do I access the event?

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

Is parking available?

Garden Court Hotel offers valet parking for $15 for hotel guests; public parking is available Mon-Fri, 8am - 5pm.

Where can I get questions answered?

We’re happy to help you! Please contact events@builtworlds.com for any and all questions!