Startups - Ascent Conference
The Largest Gathering of VCs on the East Coast




1-on-1 Meetings


VC and Expert Roundtables


C-suite and VP

A letter from the CEO

No one gets the pressure until they sit in your seat. You make the final decisions for your business and are responsible for the outcomes.

At Ascent, we’ve built a 2 day conference to support the top founders in the country. Leave with a lead investor to raise your next round and a rolodex of industry experts that you can call throughout the year to solve your problems. The event offers stage talks packed with critical insights for growing your business, a highly vetted Venture Capital investors, support from industry experts of the fastest growing companies, and all packaged in best-in-class technology that puts the power of the network at your finger tips. [Read More]

Our programming team has chosen a faculty of experts to lead 30 hours of interactive stage content aimed at the biggest trends impacting your business over the next year. Who better to get the information from than leaders of the fastest growing companies? This years line-up is our best yet!

Home to the 2019 largest gathering of investors east of the Mississippi River, and the largest gathering of Venture Capitalists Virtually in 2020. In 2022 we are focused on quality investors with intent to invest at our in-person side while still tapping into an enormous virtual audience.

We work with over 150 industry experts and VCs to create deep dive roundtables around the most pressing challenges facing founders. This is where you find solutions to the problems that you can’t just Google.

Our developers have built a platform of industry leading technologies that make networking and building connections easy. Seamlessly find the right people to meet with all based on your intentions for the event. Peruse a marketplace of roundtables with topics that solve your problems. It couldn’t be a more user friendly experience.

We would love to have you join us on November 14 & 15 in NYC for what is guaranteed to be the best 2 days that you spend all year. Thank you for letting us support your companies Ascent to the top!

Fred Rockwell
Founder and CEO

Past Speakers

15 hours of content plus breakout brain-dates to help you find efficiency!

Joseph Camberato

Tim Riesterer

Chief Visionary

Nathan Rawlins

Gaurav Agarwal

Chief Growth Officer

Thomas Butta

Chief Strategy & Marketing Officer

Josh Koenig

Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer

Brudis Limar

Ali Haeri

VP of Marketing

Guy Marion

Julie Hansen


Elliot Goldwater

VP Partnerships

Fran Wilson

Tessa Barron

VP of Marketing

Jennifer Ross

Madison Flickinger

Head of Demand Generation

Nick Lafferty

Head of Growth Marketing

Lu Zhang

Founder & Managing Partner

Rashmi Gopinath

General Partner

Andrew Steele

David Siegel

Peter Olanday

Director of Consulting, Vertical Solutions

Tatyana Martinez

Lead Consultant

Tyler Lessard

VP Marketing

Matt Gahr

Andrew Donato

SVP Sales

Kevin Burke

VP Sales

Khalid El Khatib

Clint Oram

CSO & Co-Founder

Melton Littlepage

Robson Grieve


Arianna Cignarale

CEO & Co-Founder

Nicole Silver

Sr. VP of Marketing

Ben Wright

Founder & CEO

Todd Boehly

Co-Founder, Chairman, and CEO

Heather Mounsey

Vice President of Brand Experience

Dave West

Tim Geisert

Partner & CRO

Dr. Courtney McCashland

Co-Founder & Chief Officer of Science and Strategy

Oana Manolache

Founder & CEO

Nithi Vivatrat

Chief Product Officer

Dror Liwer

Co-Founder & CMO

Cristy Garcia

Jordana Beck

Director of Creator & Influencer Marketing

Alina Vandenberghe

Co-Founder & Co-CEO

Kuda Biza

Serial Entrepreneur, Author, Co-Founder

Main Stage

Growth Stage

10:00 am Main Stage
Customer Acquisition vs. Customer Expansion: Break Free from a One-Size-Fits-All Approach
Tim Riesterer
Chief Visionary
B2B Decision Labs
10:00 am Growth Stage
Positioning for Success: How Effective Positioning Drives Differentiation and Simplifies Marketing Execution
Nathan Rawlins
1:00 pm Main Stage
Your Next Growth Phase, Courtesy of Connected TV
Ali Haeri
VP of Marketing
1:00 pm Growth Stage
Competitive vs disruptive: Why disruption requires atypical competitive tactics
Stephen Stokols
Boost Mobile
1:30 pm Growth Stage
Total Experience: The Hidden Connection Between Company Culture and World-Class Customer Experiences
Lara Caimi
Chief Customer and Partner Officer
2:30 pm Growth Stage
The Myth of Digital Fatigue, and How to Get Past It
Tessa Barron
VP of Marketing

Main Stage

Growth Stage

10:30 am Growth Stage
New to Developer Audiences? Forget Everything You Know About Marketing
Khalid El Khatib
Stack Overflow
1:00 pm Main Stage
It’s Been a Tumultuous Year – Experiences and Tips on How to Weather Choppy Waters
Ben Wright
Founder & CEO
Velocity Global
1:00 pm Growth Stage
Team First – What we have learned from 25 years of Scrum
Dave West
2:00 pm Growth Stage
Building A Vertical SaaS Company In A Horizontal SaaS World
Dipanwita Das
CEO & Co-Founder
3:00 pm Growth Stage
Advertising is Dead – How to Keep Growth Alive with Partnerships
Cristy Garcia
3:30 am Growth Stage
Kuda Biza
Serial Entrepreneur, Author, Co-Founder

Companies that attend Ascent Conference

Ticket Details

Available to All Pass Holders

  • Access to all 2 event stages: Main, Growth
  • Early check-in for the event the night before
  • Networking and meeting scheduling through our event app
  • Marketplace of 100 round tables, braindates, and intimate sessions around solving real problems
  • Access to the expo floor offering vetted solutions to your problems

VIP Pass

  • Private happy hour and dinner
  • Private, professionally curated roundtables
  • VIP/Speaker Room access with 180 degree views of Times Square
  • Event concierge to assist with meeting scheduling
  • Designated work areas throughout the event
VIP Pass

Executive Pass

  • Everything that comes with a pass, plus..
  • Quiet work areas throughout the event
  • Networking and meeting scheduling through our app tailored to your specific needs; hiring, partnering, sales
Executive Pass

Founder Pass

  • Investor matchmaking program based on interests
  • Find a mentor through our AI-powered matchmaking app
  • Access to the largest network of East Coast growth investors through the networking app
Founder Pass

Investor Pass

  • Startup matchmaking program based on interests
  • Networking opportunities with your peers at the largest VC event of the year
  • Ability to mingle with your portfolio companies’ executives in the audience
Investor Pass

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Bronze Sponsors

Roundtables and Braindates built to solve your problems

Our attendees can choose from a list of 100 intimate peer-led sessions hosted by C-level experts in the field. They are designed to help you work through your biggest SaaS GTM challenges. We all have the same problems growing our companies, wouldn’t it be nice to sit down with a few people with the same title and at the same company size to discuss the exact same problem?

Curated Roundtables (VIP only)

Our event concierge provides what we call guaranteed serendipity by professionally organizing curated roundtables. These free-form roundtables are where we pair you with 5 other people that have the exact same title and the exact same company size. When you create the right mix of people the magic starts to happen and problems get solved.

Braindate Roundtables

These are topic led roundtables hosted by C-level experts from the audience designed to solve your most pressing problems. There will be over 100, and yes they fill up very fast!


Over 1000 1-on-1 meetings will be scheduled through our AI-powered match-making tool…..Brella. The way it works is that you set your intentions for the event; either sales, partnering, mentoring, raising money. Brella will then suggest connections for you. You can message and schedule a time to meet all right in the event portal app.

Braindate Topics

Building a Diverse Virtual Workforce
Tech can provide some of the most powerful tools when it comes to making the next iteration of the virtual workplace more inclusive. Read More
Dionn Schaffner
Chief Diversity Officer
Aurea Software
The benefits and challenges of remote working and camaraderie building with growing sales teams
Attendees can expect a discussion with CROs about what it’s like managing a sales team in a post-Covid world. Read More
Natan Edelsburg
Muck Rack
Growing Your B2B SaaS Business in Times of Recession and Turbulence
When recessions hit, new deals tend to slow down, sales cycles drag for months on end, and marketing budgets are cut to make ends meet. Read More
Ruben Vardanyan
Founder & CEO
Optimizing Demand Gen: Creating Conversions from Opportunities
Optimizing demand generation across touchpoints can help businesses maximize campaign ROI, by ensuring every opportunity is converted through hyper-personalization. Read More
Courtney McCombs
VP-Business Development
Datamatics Business Solutions
Embedding AI into products to match innovation with RoI
While AI delivers massive value in internet companies what do enterprises need to do to get ROI by embedding AI in the right manner? Read More
Kunal Sawarkar
Chief Data Scientist
Enhancing B2B Data Through AI for Faster Conversions
In a hyper-competitive world, top-of-the-funnel leads and sales conversions are business critical for high growth businesses. Read More
Sumit Mahajan
Chief Sales & Marketing Officer
Datamatics Business Solutions
How to Supercharge Your Channel Program
Heather Tenuto, Chief Revenue Officer of Zift Solutions, will walk SaaS companies through the crucial steps needed to take their channel partner program from fledgling to full force. Read More
Heather Tenuto
Zift Solutions
AI & ML: The Tools to Reshape Traditional Lead Gen Methods
The growing usage of AI and ML in B2B marketing is helping businesses identify their ideal customer profiles, seamlessly nurture them through the funnel, and consequently convert them into customers in an expedited manner. Read More
Sumit Mahajan
Chief Sales & Marketing Officer
Datamatics Business Solutions
Keep Your Eyes on the Prize: Top KPIs For RevOps Leaders
With thousands of data points spread across accounting systems, CRMs and marketing automation, there is no shortage of data for Revenue Operations teams to analyze. Read More
Helen Lin
Founder & CEO
The Onboarding Valley of Uncertainty™
Join us for a compelling discussion on the state of onboarding today. Read More
Mike Ehrle
Click Boarding
Establishing a Partnership Network to Efficiently Accelerate Revenue Growth
One of the fastest and most efficient ways to accelerate revenue growth is to develop, nurture and operationalize your company’s channel sales motions. Read More
Robert Michlewicz
Visual Lease
The World of Work
Join CEO of Read More
Evan Sohn
Turn Your Managers Into Coaches
What percent of your employees truly know how they are performing in real time? Read More
Janelle Raney
Supercharging the Role of the CRO in Geospatial intelligence
Expand and explain the role of the CRO in the realm of Geospatial intelligence. Read More
JR Riordan
Maintaining your Brand Culture
It’s harder than ever in today’s hybrid/virtual workplace to maintain a corporate culture. Read More
Debra Hays
Scaling from the Start
Imagine you woke up tomorrow, and your business was ten times the size it is today. Read More
Adriel Sanchez
How to Win in a Post-COVID Hypercompetitive World?
Prior to the COVID crisis, the world was already competitive. Read More
Michael Dermer
Author & Founder
The Lonely Entrepreneur
Driving Revenue in Product Led Growth (PLG)
With the rise of product-led growth at many SaaS companies, we’ll discuss what PLG is, how it changes the various roles across your company, and marketing’s role in enabling PLG and uncovering revenue opportunities in product-led organizations. Read More
Breezy Beaumont
Head of Growth
Managing a productive and meaningful relationship with your CRO
Many marketing professionals and executives struggle with this dynamic. Read More
Dan Murdoch
International Expansion is like Creating a Wonderful Meal — Methodical, Genuine and Local
What has international expansion got to do with cooking a wonderful meal? Read More
Albert Vazquez
Sway Ventures
The changing Talent Landscape: building teams for the future with lessons learned from the pandemic
The pandemic shifted so many trends in talent – it accelerated predictions about the future of work, caused a “great resignation” and re-shuffling, and flipped the table back and forth between an employer and an employee market. Read More
Jessica Mitsch Homes
Co-Founder & CEO
Generating More Pipeline and Winning More Deals with Fewer Resources Amidst Economic Turbulence.
Today’s sales leaders and their organizations have a mandate to hit their targets with less budget and headcount than expected to drive that growth. Read More
Melton Littlepage
What can tech learn from the world of sport and vice versa when it comes to Equality Diversity and Inclusion?
In this roundtable, we explore why diverse spaces matter when it comes to talent, and how sport and technology can learn from one another when it comes to developing more diverse and inclusive outcomes which ultimately transform into results! Read More
Gurmej Pawar
Meji Media Events Group
Creating a Category that Fuels Successful Outcomes from Strong Valuations to Mission-Driven Workplace Cultures.
Category creation has been around since the dawn of business to enable organizations to innovate, differentiate from the competition, drive financial results, improve employee drive, and so much more, but the successful application of category creation has never been more defined than it is today. Read More
Karen Parisi
Operating in Real-Time: Thrive in a today’s unpredictable market
How would you operate if you had instant access to information about your customers, your operations, workforce and suppliers? What if you could more accurately predict and adapt to shifting markets and consumers all at the speed your business demands? Growth in mobile, artificial intelligence, edge and analytics are bringing the world of real-time to your business. Read More
Mike Hulme
VP of Marketing
Building transformative AI-enabled enterprise and healthcare companies
Customers and investors have an increasingly higher bar for evaluating solutions that claim to use AI/ML. Read More
Neel Master
Engooden Health
Bootstrapping vs. Fundraising
Join us as we discuss the pros and cons of taking capital versus self-funding, and how to best prepare and manage your organization for either path. Read More
Mallory Ulaszek
Founder & Owner
Week of the Website
Navigating a Revenue Department through Change
This presentation will cover best practices for navigating through major changes within the sales and client success functions within any high-growth business. Read More
Patrick Roberts
Marketing, Sales and Revenue Operations: How do they work together to drive growth?
RevOps function has been on the rise in the past couple of years stirring the waters of more traditional Marketing and Sales operations. Read More
Olga Traskova
VP of Revenue Operations
How a metal detector can prevent a wrongful death lawsuit
How to evaluate and maintain a WTMD/WDS that will comply to government standard NIJ 0601.02 which will help defend your company against lawsuits like a 20 million dollar wrongful death incident. Read More
Chris Ciabarra
CTO & Co-Founder
Athena Security
Mindful Growth
A discussion around hacking growth related choices to maintain brand positioning, operational workflows and other roadblocks when scaling. Read More
Mallory Ulaszek
Founder & Owner
Week of the Website
The Power of Cross-Functional Focus & Alignment to Achieve Growth
Growth is not about the success of a single department. Read More
Kevin Kitzgerald
Equity CrowdFunding
Raise capital from your customers, ecosystem partners, and way more. Describe your ideal and your most likely investors–and why they fit that persona. Read More
Andrew Corn
E5A Integrated Marketing
How to Build High-Performing Marketing Teams
Learn how to increase cross-discipline exposure, broaden team member perspective, and realize innovation—all from the perspective of an 18-year-old Enterprise Marketing Agency. Read More
Paxton Gray
97th Floor
B2B Marketing for Tech Startups
What should you prioritize when marketing your startup? How do you get in front of brands and agencies to secure ad budgets? What kinds of marketing hires should you look for next, and how can you find them? Come with all your marketing questions and challenges, and we’ll learn from each other so you can focus on what should be most effective for your business. Read More
David Berkowitz
Serial Marketer
Innovation Ethics and the Investor Thesis
It’s critical that we, as investors, take responsibility for the direction of innovation and technology rather than merely try to manage a portfolio. Read More
Roger Hunt
Embracing a People-First Strategy
We’ve entered a new world of work. Read More
Donald Knight
Chief People Officer
Digital Transformation. Covid-19 Only Forced a Peak Under the Hood.
The pandemic changed how America worked almost overnight. Read More
Avner Schneur
President & CEO
GRM Information
Funnel 2.0 – The Actual, Full, Sales and Marketing Funnel
Dive deep into the S&M Funnel 2.0. Discuss org design, KPIs and more from demand generation through customer adoption and growth. Read More
Courtney Austermehle
Situational Leadership for Growing Companies and Teams
How to adapt your management style to each unique situation or task to meet the needs of the team or team members. Read More
Mike Groeneveld
Sr. Vice President of Global Sales
Rally Around Your Middle Performers
Unpopular opinion – start ignoring your top performers more. Read More
Olga Karanikos
VP of Marketing
Build a Winning Sales Culture in a Remote World
Keeping your sellers motivated and engaged takes more than your traditional leaderboard and is even harder to cultivate in all remote or hybrid environments. Read More
Sindre Haaland
Founder & CEO
Leadership During a Recession
What to do when the economy goes into crisis mode? Tactics and strategies on how to navigate tough times and emerge stronger than before. Read More
Roland Polzin
How to defend against ransomware
The internet works with the fundamentals of its architecture. Master the architecture and you can help prevent most attacks. In this session we will go over DNS and how you can use it to safe guard your organization from desktop to mobile devices including 5G on an iPhone. Read More
Chris Ciabarra
CTO & Co-Founder
Athena Security
Building a Demand Generation Engine From the Ground Up
Attendees can expect a discussion with CMOs and Marketing VPs about the optimal ways to build a lead generation foundation from scratch. Read More
Robert Meyer
Senior Business Development Manager
Converting your leads into customers – Best Practices
Many companies – entrepreneurs are looking for ways to improve their business but are not aware of challenges faced and how to handle them. Read More
Alejandro Azuola
Co-Founder & CEO
Square Codex
Right-Sizing Your Marketing in a Post-Covid World
The onset of Covid changed how we market and sell in dramatic ways. Read More
Chris Ciunci
Founder & Partner
Practical Tips to Better Leverage your Tech Stack
Oftentimes companies purchase the latest technology and tools but are not leveraging them to their fullest. Read More
Chris Ciunci
Founder & Partner
What should marketers do as leadership replaces the valuation chase with the value mandate
In the last 6 months, the game has completely changed. Read More
Sonali Sen
Head of Marketing
Zemoso Labs
Innovation as a Service (InnaaS): Setup, Elements, Challenges
Innovation as a service has a strategic impact on your organization. Read More
Boris Kontsevoi
The impact of the ‘post pandemic’ landscape in building effective tech/digital teams
– The pandemic has changed the game – opportunities for individuals and companies have grown exponentially Read More
Colin Etheridge
CEO North America
Increasing staff retention. Strategies to decrease employee turnover and save money.
It’s no secret that employee retention rate shows how the company takes care of its team. Read More
Daria Leshchenko
The Usage Based Pricing Evolution: Aligning Pricing to Customer Value to Drive Growth
Seven of the nine SaaS IPOs which had the best net retention over the past few years employed usage-based pricing models, companies including Slack, Snowflake and Elastic, according to “The 2021 State of Usage-based Pricing Report” by venture capital firm OpenView Venture Partners. Read More
Bonney Pelley
Corporates and Ventures Can Rethink Growth if They Get Over Themselves
Cutting checks doesn’t cut it. Read More
Fred Hoch
Founder & General Partner
TechNexus Ventures
How Will the Creator Economy Impact My Business?
What exactly is the Creator Economy? How Big an Industry is it? Read More
David Segura
Co-Founder & CEO
Glassbox Media
Why CEOs Should Set Aside Equity for Social Impact (and their investors should support them)
Over the past few years, companies have demonstrated that they have an important and essential role to play in tackling the toughest challenges of our time. Read More
Jan D’Alessandro
Head of Equity Pledge Initiative & Boardroom Allies
Pledge 1%
The future for SaaS in a shrinking market
Public cloud application for SaaS end-user spending in 2022 will amount to $176.62 bill. Read More
Juan Ramon Zarco
Silicon Valley Ventures Growth Partners
How Loom launched an SEO program post Series-C
Learn the why of SEO and its importance Read More
Nick Lafferty
Head of Growth Marketing
The Ideal Buyer Fallacy: Mechanical vs. Human-centered Selling
Today an overwhelming number of sales applications attempt to abstractly model human beings. Read More
John Golden
Pipeliner CRM
The new sponsorship game–making the most of your investment
Engaging the B2B customer is increasingly challenging in the post-pandemic world. Read More
Michelle Harmon-Madsen
Sponsors United
The M&A process, when a company should start preparing
Many companies start thinking about a M&A process too late in the company’s life cycle. Read More
Vince Monteparte
Sway Ventures
How to Think Like a Private Equity CMO
Private equity funded companies expect unparalleled levels of high, efficient performance from their marketing departments. Read More
Steve Lundin
Springbrook Software
Sealing the Deal: The Subtle Art of Baiting, Attracting and Closing with Ease
Need to close more deals with confidence and ease? This session is for you whether you need to take this back to your sales team or use it in negotiations. Read More
Precious L. Williams
Perfect Pitches By Precious
How to Set Marketing Goals That Drive Results
Marketing OKRs shouldn’t be arbitrary. Read More
Alina Vandenberghe
Co-Founder & Co-CEO
Chili Piper
Galvanizing and Aligning Your Team around a Single Mission
Each new generation of team members are dealing with an increasing blur of their personal and professional lives, and that means organizations need to be more explicit about what they stand for and what values they care about. Additionally, people are far more willing to give it their all when they understand your cause. Read More
Shawn Gaines
How to use both virtual and in-person events for integrated campaigns for ongoing demand generation
For those interested in an integrated campaign for demand generation, we also curate a series of in-person and virtual roundtables, webinars and networking events that target functional subsets, including: Read More
Ed DiEoreo
Sponsorship Director
Ascent Conference
Aligning Marketing and Sales to Drive Repeatable Revenue
Join Amy Vosko, Vice President of Revenue Marketing at PathFactory, to discuss the building blocks needed to make the Marketing and Sales partnership drive repeatable revenue for your business. Read More
Amy Vosko
VP, Revenue Marketing
Analytics Driven Decisions: C-Level Visibility
How insights from your company and from external sources drive your decisions. Read More
Dr. Pratyush Kotturu
Delivering Exceptional Customer Experiences with Conversational AI
Join this roundtable to discuss how to engage prospects/customers on multiple communication Read More
Raghu Ravinutala
Co-Founder & CEO
Driving Revenue through an Advanced Sales and Technology Partnership
We live in a world where new technologies are constantly being created to help solve issues and create opportunities. Read More
Ryan Kelly
Capital Rx
Modern Tech Marketing: The Rise of The Operational CMO
How to set goals, strategize and plan, execute and report on Marketing activities Read More