The Ascent Finance San Francisco Summit - Ascent Conference

May 23-24, 2023

The Ascent San Francisco Summit

The Most Exclusive Event for Finance Leaders in SaaS. Invite-only.

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Who Attends:

Who Attends:

What is
Ascent Summit SF?

What is
Ascent Conference?

We are an invite-only SaaS event for senior executives of companies doing 20M to 300M in sales. Aka Scale companies or the mid-market.

Invited attendees participate at no cost. For CFO’s and those who report to them.

On May 23-24, we are gathering 250 senior finance leaders to discuss the timely topic of efficiency. How can we be more efficient in today’s market?

The two days will include 15 hours of finance specific stage content, 50 deep dive braindates on challenges faced by finance leaders, over 400 1v1 meetings, private lunch and dinner, and a demo floor of vetted solution providers.

By inviting only the top people, we create engineered serendipity for attendees to solve their most pressing problems through a rolodex of highly vetted peers. We also provide the white glove service and best in class technology that makes networking easy. Every chance encounter at a private lunch or deep dive braindate could be someone who becomes a member of your network for life.

All must be director level and above to attend. If you are a CFO, comptroller, CAO, head of finance or accounting, or VP of finance then this will be the most productive two days that you spend all year. Secure your spot now by requesting an invite.

The Ascent Team

Ticket Types

VIP Pass

  • Access to entire general event, including stages, early check-in, networking, braindates, and expo hall
  • Private happy hour and dinner
  • Private, professionally curated braindates
  • VIP/Speaker Room access with 180 degree views of Times Square
  • Event concierge to assist with meeting scheduling
  • Designated work areas throughout the event

Executive Pass

  • Access to entire general event, including stages, early check-in, networking, braindates, and expo hall
  • Quiet work areas throughout the event
  • Networking and meeting scheduling through our app tailored to your specific needs; hiring, partnering, sales, and more

Past Speakers

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

Roxi Wen

Ed Schaffer

Justin Hsu

Sr. Director of Finance and Controller

Oluwatoyin Aralepo

Thejo Kote

CEO & Founder

Ben Murray

Johanna Burke


Jason Lin

Chief Financial Officer

Executive Braindates, Strategic Relationships

Attendees can choose from a marketplace of 50 intimate peer-led 8-person braindate sessions hosted by C-level SaaS experts, designed to dive deep into your biggest challenges. These braindates give you the opportunity to sit down with a handful of leaders with the same title at the same company size to discuss solutions to the most complex and nuanced problems you’re facing today.

Private Dinner (VIP only)

Our event concierge provides what we call engineered serendipity by professionally organizing your seating assignment at dinner to promote a table of complementary individuals. Expect to grab drinks after too with your friends from the days braindate sessions.


These are topic-focused braindates are hosted by C-level and VP-level experts from the Ascent executive community designed to solve your most pressing problems, all facilitated through the leading technology platform for this format, Braindates. There will be over 100, and yes they fill up fast!


Over 1000 1-on-1 meetings will be scheduled through our AI-powered match-making tool, Brella. You choose your goals for the event; either sales, partnering, mentoring, or raising money and Brella will then suggest connections for you. You can message and schedule a time to meet directly in the event app.




Finance Leaders


C-suite and VP


Director level


Opportunities to connect

The Audience

Companies that attend Ascent Conference

Past Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Why Attend?

Like so many companies, Ascent started as an idea on the back of a napkin. The mission at first was to make it easier for founders and top VC Investors to connect. But as we grew, we discovered that the true value for our conference went far beyond connecting founders and VCs.

The true value of Ascent Conference is the engineered serendipity that comes from putting industry experts, rising superstar leaders, and seasoned executives in a room, enabling the perfect opportunity to build the strategic relationships and insights that will change the course of their companies and careers.

How do we do this you ask, while avoiding all of the noise and distractions of a typical conference?

Simple….The audience.

We’ve focused all of our energy on building a community of the best finance leaders around – including the CFO’s, Comptrollers, CAO, and VPs of finance who are changing the way companies operate, scale and succeed, even when times are tough.

  • Join a vetted list of your peers of companies scaling from $20M-300M+
  • Participate in interactive stage content covering the biggest trends impacting you over the next year.
  • Browse a marketplace of 50+ small-group, executive braindates to deep dive on the most pressing challenges.
  • Seamlessly find the right people to meet with all based on your goals for the event and using seamless industry-leading technologies.

My personal goal is for you to leave the conference with one actionable and strategic insight to make the time investment worth it and a rolodex of industry experts that you can call throughout the year to solve your problems.

Will you join us?

Fred Rockwell
CEO & Founder, Ascent Conference

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