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September 30th to October 1st

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About our Virtual Conference

At Ascent, we provide multiple avenues for you to grow your tech company through our annual conference.

  • Mainstage Virtual Speaker Talks with Live Q&A to help you discover new growth opportunities
  • Networking with thousands of attendees through Brella
  • Workshops centered around building and enhancing specific skills that you need to prosper
  • Roundtables in a small-group setting focused on pressing skills to help you grow your career and company
  • Exhibition Booths for companies looking to increase visibility, sales, and find more investors
  • VIP Tickets for those of you who want a premium experience and access to top c-suite executives
  • Blind Investor List (Names of the VC Firms of Investors in Attendance – No Personal Info)
  • Blind Company List

Virtual Conference Floor

How the Conference Works

1. Register

Register for your general pass to get access to:

  • All Talks
  • Roundtables
  • Workshops
  • Networking
  • Viewing Exhibition Booths
  • Startup Competition

2. Plan

Set your goals for the conference. Plan what talks, roundtables, and workshops you’d like to do and decide on the type of people you want to network with on Brella.

3. Learn and Network

Show up to start learning from our content and networking on Brella with your target connections.

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See Previous Attendees

Christina Bechhold Russ

Director, Ventures Samsung NEXT

Laura Chau

Partner Canaan Partners

Peter Boyce

Marlon Nichols

Founder & Managing Partner Cross Culture Ventures

Mark Rostick

Sr. Managing Director Intel Capital

Jenny Fielding

Founder & General Partner The Fund

Keith Foster

Elizabeth Cain

Christina Bechhold Russ

Director, Ventures Samsung NEXT
Based in London, Christina is a Director for Samsung NEXT Ventures, focusing on early stage investments across software and services, particularly in Mobile SaaS, mobility, consumer and IoT. A passionate supporter of young entrepreneurs, Christina is active in both the London and New York VC scenes, with multiple transatlantic investments already under her belt.

Laura Chau

Partner Canaan Partners
Laura Chau joined Canaan in 2014 and is a Principal leading consumer technology investments. She is inspired by ambitious founders who are transforming what it means to work, live, and thrive in today’s age. She sits on the board of Coterie and is a board observer and advisor for numerous startups, including Cuyana and Kustomer. Before becoming a VC, Laura was a management consultant in Deloitte’s strategy and operations practice, where she advised tech, healthcare, financial services and energy clients on growth strategy and post-merger integrations. Laura was one of the first employees at Kabam, one of Canaan’s portfolio companies that was acquired by Netmarble in 2017 for $800M. She has also worked at Branch Metrics and Greenhouse in sales and marketing functions, in addition to working closely with Marie Kondo, the author of The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, to help launch her venture-backed business. Laura holds a B.S. in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University, an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business, and is a Forbes 30 under 30 alum.

Peter Boyce

Peter Boyce II is an investor at General Catalyst, a venture capital firm with offices in Boston, New York, Palo Alto, and San Francisco, and approximately $5.0 billion in total capital raised. Peter co-leads the firm’s seed program. He co-founded and oversees Rough Draft Ventures (RDV), through which General Catalyst has invested in upwards of 100 student-founded startups, expanding access to capital and mentorship for student entrepreneurs across the country. Peter joined General Catalyst in 2013 as one of the first two investment professionals based in the firm’s NYC office. He is focused on early-stage investments and works closely with portfolio companies including Cadre, Major League Hacking, Mark43, Outdoor Voices, Ro, and Rebag. Other investments he has supported include Circle, Freebird, Giphy, (acquired by Walmart), and Workflow (acquired by Apple).

Marlon Nichols

Founder & Managing Partner Cross Culture Ventures
Marlon Nichols is a founding managing partner at MaC Venture Capital (formerly Cross Culture Ventures), which find the entrepreneurs who are building the future for the rest of America. He’s a former Kauffman Fellow and Investment Director at Intel Capital and a current adjunct in entrepreneurship and venture capital at the SC Johnson College of Business at Cornell University. Marlon’s unique eye for global trends and shifts in consumer behavior has helped him capture high-potential investments like Gimlet Media, MongoDB, Thrive Market, Fair, LISNR, Mayvenn, Blavity, Wonderschool, and others. He’s been featured on TechCrunch, Fortune, Blavity, and NBC, and was the recipient of SXSW 2018 Innovator of the Year award, Digital Diversity’s Innovation & Inclusion Change Agent award, and was named Pitchbook’s 25 Black Founders and VCs to Watch in 2018 and 2019.

Mark Rostick

Sr. Managing Director Intel Capital
At Intel Capital, Mark Rostick makes venture investments as well as sources & executes corporate development opportunities in the areas of storage as well as data center, enterprise and cloud infrastructure. He also has extensive investment experience internationally. Mr. Rostick holds a J.D. and an International M.B.A. from the University of South Carolina. Mr. Rostick's investment portfolio includes companies like Amplidata (acquired by Western Digital), DeNovo, Enpirion (acquired by Altera), Kazan Networks, Maxta, Minio, NxtGen, Velostrata (acquired by Google), Vexata and Virtustream (acquired by EMC).

Jenny Fielding

Founder & General Partner The Fund
Jenny Fielding is the Managing Director of Techstars New York where she leads the program. She is also the founder and General Partner at The Fund, a first check fund investing exclusively in New York based companies. Her portfolio includes more than 130+ tech enabled companies. Previously, Jenny headed up Corporate Venture and Digital Innovation at BBC Worldwide where she made strategic investments and led business development deals. She has started several tech companies, most notably Switch-Mobile, a mobile VoIP company that was acquired in 2009. Jenny began her career as a lawyer, spent time at JP Morgan and is a graduate of Columbia University where she is an Adjunct Professor. She is also a Kauffman Fellow.

Keith Foster

Elizabeth Cain

Liz Cain is a Partner at OpenView where she sits on the Investment Committee and leads the firm’s Expansion Platform. The Expansion Platform is designed to help portfolio companies acquire, retain and grow the right customers and talent. Prior to joining OpenView, Liz was the AVP of Worldwide Business Development at NetSuite, the leading provider of cloud-based financials / ERP. Liz’s experience spans technical support, sales operations, account management and marketing. Most recently she launched NetSuite’s Business Development Representative (BDR) and Solution Consulting Associate (SCA) teams, which she successfully scaled to a 170-person global organization. Liz was responsible for inbound lead qualification, outbound prospecting, the development and administration of product, sales, business and industry training, and campaign execution across these teams.

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