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2nd Annual HULT VC Summit

Thursday, March 29, 2012 from 12:30 PM to 7:30 PM (EDT)

2nd Annual HULT VC Summit

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Hult Student Ended $15.00 $1.37
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non-Hult Students Ended $20.00 $1.49
Entrepreneurs, VC's and Professionals Ended $30.00 $1.74

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We are pleased to invite you to the Hult Venture Capital Summit: Driving the Future of Innovation. The aim of this event is to bring together investment professionals, students, and entrepreneurs, so they may interact, share, and absorb current trends in the exciting world of investment. During this event you will hear examples of success as well as challenges in financing ideas that change the way we all live.

We hope you are able to join us for an educational and interactive event.


The Hult VC Summit Organizing Team

For more details please visit: www.hultvcsummit.org 

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Conference @ Museum of Science 12:30pm-5:00pm- 1 Science Park Boston, MA


Hosted Cocktail Mixer @ Hult International Business School 5:30pm-7:00pm- One Education Street Cambridge, MA 

Keynote Speakers:


1st Fireside Chat:


James Geshwiler

Managing Director- Common Angels

As Managing Director of CommonAngels, James runs one of the first formal venture capital investing networks and the largest in the Northeast. He joined CommonAngels in 1999 when it was an informal group of private investors, and since that time has grown it into a structured network that has invested $44 million from individual investors and two $10 million co-investment funds in 39 companies and worked with them through over 100 rounds of financing totaling over $270 million.

James is on the Board of Trustees of the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council. He was the founding chairman of the Angel Capital Association, the professional alliance of angel groups that has grown from 46 groups as charter members to now over 144, representing over 6,500 investors. He also was the founding chairman of ACA’s sister organization, the Angel Capital Education Foundation, in partnership with the Kauffman Foundation.



2nd Fireside Chat:


Eric Hjerpe

Partner-Khepha Partners

Eric Hjerpe brings over 23 years of operating and investing experience to the firm. In the late 1980s, he founded a software company that wrote desktop software for product development engineers.

 In the early 1990s while at MIT Sloan, he worked for the Center for Information Systems Research (CISR), studying new software development methods.  In the mid 1990s, his team at Silicon Graphics was one of the first to deploy complex applications over the web.  In the late 1990s, at Siebel Systems, Eric started the Siebel subsidiary SiebelNet, which partnered with USinternetworking (USi) to provide Siebel Enterprise Applications via the internet.  He became interested in venture capital when, at Siebel Systems, he sponsored the company’s investment in USi, which returned 12x in less than a year.

 Prior to joining Kepha Partners, Eric was a Venture Partner and Partner at AtlasVenture, where he spent 6 years.  He worked with AtlasVenture portfolio companies Active Endpoints, Fireclick (sold to Digital River), Globoforce, OpenRatings (sold to Dun & Bradstreet), OwnerIQ, Performix Technologies (sold to Nice), SimpleTuition, SupplyWorks (acquired by Intuitive), TrueAdvantage (acquired by InsideView), and Virtual Logix (acquired by Red Bend Software).


Greg Dracon

Principal- .406 Ventures

 Greg Dracon joined .406 in 2007 and is involved in all aspects of the investing and portfolio management process.  He brings 18 years of venture investing and technology operating and management experience.

Prior to joining .406, Greg was a Vice President of Core Capital Partners, a venture capital firm focused on early-stage venture and small to mid-sized growth technology companies. At Core, Greg focused on software, digital media, technology-enabled services and wireless applications.

From 1995 to 2005, Greg held various operating and management roles at Texas Instruments, including positions in worldwide sales, business development, product distribution and digital signal processing applications.

Greg received his MBA, with majors in Entrepreneurial Management and Finance, from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and his BS in Electrical Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University


3rd Fireside Chat:


 Michael Riegel

Vice President - ISVs, Startups, Developers, and Academic Programs- IBM

Strong executive with experience in all aspects of marketing, sales, business development, and product management across software, hardware and IT services. Mike has worked successfully in software, hardware, networking and IT services roles, and has a successful track record at starting a new division for a software company, numerous start-up units at IBM, four mergers and acquisitions, and has lead great teams to create new markets, and establish market leadership in a commodity marketplaces. He currently leads IBM's startup programs, and is a mentor and coach to startups



Deborah Magid

Director, Software Strategy, IBM Venture Capital Group

 Deborah Magid represents IBM’s $25 B software business in the company’s 12-year old Venture Capital Group.  Her expertise spans several industries.

 Deborah is responsible for sharing insights about emerging markets, technologies, and business models with venture firms and entrepreneurs around the world.  She scouts for emerging business opportunities, and shares views on innovation and growth areas of the market.  As a director of strategy in IBM Software Group, she also brings insight from the venture community to the development of IBM’s growth strategies.  Deborah is responsible for fueling the ecosystem pipeline in strategic areas related to building a “smarter planet” and contributes to filling out the IBM product portfolio through M&A.

Deborah’s relationships are global and extend into emerging geographies.  Deborah is a frequent spokes-person on topics of relevance to entrepreneurs and investors.  She is the Incoming Chair of SVForum, the Silicon Valley emerging technology network; on the advisory board of White Bull, serving the European entrepreneurial and venture communities; and on the Steering Committee of the California Sustainability Alliance.

Previously, Deborah held positions in product management, marketing, and user-centered design at Taligent, GE Information Services and AT&T. 

Deborah holds degrees in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Connecticut.




Fireside Chat Moderator + Opening Remarks:


Mike Grandinetti

Managing Director, Southboro Capital LLC

 Mike Grandinetti has a unique cross-disciplinary background. He has deep operating experience as a serial venture capital – backed entrepreneur across five very successful ventures, was involved as an early team member in the launch of several successful new businesses within Hewlett-Packard, holds long-standing faculty appointments at MIT’s Sloan School of Management and the Technical University of Denmark Center for Technology, Economics and Management and has been deeply involved in regional and national economic development, with a distinct focus on global entrepreneurial coaching and enablement, innovation policy and innovation cluster acceleration, as well as advanced technology commercialization and tech transfer, in the US, Canada, and Europe. He also served as a senior management consultant with McKinsey, the world’s premiere strategy consultancy.

As a serial entrepreneur, Mike has helped lead four venture-backed companies to successful exits for his investors, inlcuding 2 IPOs and 4 high multiple trade sales.He currently serves as a Senior Advisor to numerous global start-ups and VC firms across the IT, med tech and clean tech sectors.


Mr. Michael Grandinetti (MAE ’83) – School of Engineering Alumnus of the Year

This award recognizes a Rutgers Engineering alumnus whose superior achievements have reflected great honor upon their school and university. Selection of recipients for this award will be based upon an outstanding record of distinguished career accomplishments, including alumni/ae who have followed non-traditional career paths for engineers. Alumni/ae who have set high standards of excellence in their careers and who therefore serve as excellent role models for todays Rutgers Engineering students, who have demonstrated executive managerial leadership, and whose activities generally benefit the greater good of society will be named School of Engineering Alumnus/a of the Year






Mobile Technology

Moderator: Kyle Psaty, PR & Content Strategy - Perkstreet Financial

Panelists: Dave McLaughlin, CEO-Founder - Vsnap

                   Brent Grinna, Founder - Evertrue

                   Scott Yaphe, General Partner- ABS Ventures

                   Gus Weber, Entrepreneur in Residence- Polaris Venture Partners

                   Scott Yaphe, General Parner - ABS Ventures



Education Innovation

Moderator: Yousuf Khan, CIO - Hult International Business School

Panelists: Marc Nemac, President & CEO - Eduventures

                  Nitesh Banta, Associate - General Catalyst Partners

                  Dan Lammot, Co- Founder - Roundcorner & Roundcause

                  Colin Barceloux, Founder & VP of Business Development - BookRenter

                  Tom Rose, Co-Founder - Testive


Global Investing

Moderator: Henrik Totterman, Dean - Hult International Business School

Panelists: Chad Munro, Owner - Halifax Biomedical

                    Pablo Orlando, Co-CEO - Good People

                    Chris Howard, Founder - Libboo

                    Palle Pedersen, Partner - Boston Denmark Partnerships

                    Francois Gonthier, CEO & Co -Founder- Genia Photonics


Startup Spotlight: 


BE is a new start-up social enterprise based in Cambridge, MA providing a technology platform for incentivized online learning. BE is a disruptive educational technology company with global reach. The vision of BE is a world where everyone has an engaging, rewarding and purposeful access to quality 21st century education.

Smack - you in controlSmak puts you in control of your communication and relationships by turning your email and social network clutter into relevant and insightful conversations. Smak increases your responsiveness to key clients, improves your sales, and automates tedious CRM tasks. Our unique technology makes it easier to deal with communication overload and see clearly which relationships can be leveraged for new business opportunities. Visit us:  www.mysmak.com  Follow us:  @onsmak Like us:  facebook.com/onsmak

360Chestnut is building an on-line community dedicated to helping members make radical improvements in the energy efficiency of their homes. Members get personalized access to the more than 5000 generous federal, state, utility, manufacturer and non-profit rebates, incentives and free services that will pay them to make their homes more energy efficient. Members receive expert information about what to do to their homes, as well as a connection to those who can do the work – all for free.

Our mission is to educate people in developing countries in media arts so they can self-document the life and transformation in their communities. We hope to assist in presenting often difficult or unsightly realities that otherwise go unheard to those fortunate enough to help. We want every organization with which EPHAS works, to have the resources to educate their clientele in media arts, enabling them to document their own experiences and, in turn, promote the organization offering aid.
ALIP is a recent startup which plans to deliver high resolution systems that lead to the next generation of medical imaging systems and defense imaging systems. The mission of ALIP is to expedite critical information to doctors and military personal on different situations in sometimes critical where every second is valuable. Our Technology performs with unprecedented accurate resolution for a technology of this nature.
AltruHelp is building an online software & social media platform for a specialized community of "responsible" companies and individuals to increase their stakeholder value & social impact.



12:30 – 01:00                       Registration

1:00 – 01:05                         Opening Remarks

1:05 – 01:30                         1st Keynote Fire Side Chat

1:30 – 02:15                         Panel – Mobile Technology

2:15 - 2:40                            2nd Keynote Fire Side Chat

2:40 – 02:50                         Break

2:50 – 03:25                         Panel – Education – Innovation

3:35 – 03:40                         Break

3:40 – 04:25                         Panel – Global Investing

4:25 – 04:35                         Break

4:35 – 05:00                         3rd Keynote Fire Side Chat

5:00 – 05:05                         Closing Remarks

5:30 – 07:00                         Startup Spotlight @ Hult International Business School + Networking 

*Parking is free at the Museum of Science for all event attendees, please bring your parking ticket to the registration table to be validated.* 


A big thank you to our sponsors:

Platinum Sponsor

Verizon is a global leader in delivering innovative communications, information and entertainment. We offer voice, data and video products and services over intelligent wireless, broadband and global IP networks that meet customers’ growing demand for speed, mobility, security and control. As a committed corporate citizen, we use our advanced communications services to address important issues confronting our society.

Gold Sponsor

Edwards Wildman lawyers are known internationally for their work in private equity, venture capital, corporate and finance transactions, complex litigation, insurance and reinsurance and intellectual property.

Our clients know us as their trusted legal and business adviser—providing the strategic, collaborative and client-focused counsel that helps protect and advance their business goals.

Creative yet pragmatic, we bring deep industry knowledge and take the time to develop an intimate understanding of our clients’ businesses, to help them effectively navigate risk, regulatory issues and the diverse challenges of a competitive marketplace—in the boardroom or the courtroom.

With more than a century of experience, working with Fortune 500 and FTSE 250 clients and start-up companies alike, throughout a range of industries and across three continents, we are a forceful advocate for our clients’ businesses.

Brown Rudnick LLP is an international law firm with offices in the United States and Europe. Serving a global client base of emerging growth companies and Fortune 100 corporations, the Firm’s 200 attorneys provide representation across key areas of the law: Bankruptcy & Corporate Restructuring, Finance, Complex Litigation, Corporate & Securities, Intellectual Property, Government Contracts, Cleantech & Energy, Real Estate and Government Law & Strategies.

Silver Sponsor

The 125 attorneys of Burns & Levinson LLP provide an entrepreneurial approach to legal services for entrepreneurs, start-ups, emerging businesses, private and public companies, as well as venture capitalists and other investors. Based in Boston, with other offices in Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island, we provide full-service corporate representation in financings, licensing, sale contracts, intellectual property, M&A, public offerings, employment, litigation and other matters.

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1 Science Park
Boston, 02114

Thursday, March 29, 2012 from 12:30 PM to 7:30 PM (EDT)

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