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3rd Annual Summit on Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Monday, May 20, 2013 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM (PDT)

3rd Annual Summit on Entrepreneurship and Innovation

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Thank you for your interest in the 2013 Summit on Entrepreneurship. The pre-event registration is now closed but we will accomodate walk-in registrations beginning at 8:00 am on Monday. Please be aware that due to the limited number of lunches ordered that walk-in registrants are
not guaranteed lunch.


BusinessOwnerSpace, work2future, and the City of San Jose in partnership with

San Jose State University and Europort

bring you the
2013 Summit on Entrepreneurship and Innovation -
"Innovating and Growing Your Business"

Sponsored by
Wells Fargo
the Bay Area Council
EU Delegation to the US


Date:  Monday, May 20th, 2013

Time:  8:00AM - 3:45PM

Location:  San Jose City Hall Rotunda

The 3rd Annual Summit on Entrepreneurship and Innovation brings together Silicon Valley business and city leaders, entrepreneurs, and investors to encourage business growth in Silicon Valley.

Discover new tools and perspectives to allow your company to grow:

  • Keynote on solid business foundation
  • Panel speakers on accessing capital, new markets, and entrepreneurial experiences
  • Find out more about Honorables Mayor Reed's and Councilmember Herrerra's perspectives on business growth

It's an event not to be missed. Lunch will be provided between the morning and afternoon sessions.


Validated Parking is available to attendees parking below City Hall (enter from 6th St.) or at the 4th St. Garage at the corner of San Fernando and 4th St.  Attendees are also encouraged to use public transit.


Conference Agenda


Registration, Networking & Exhibits
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Meet the entrepreneurs that are making a difference.

Welcome and Keynotes
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM 

Welcome and remarks by the Honorable San Jose Councilmember Herrera, SJSU President Qayoumi, and the City of San Jose's Chief Strategist Kim Walesh.  (More Info)

John Montgomery - Montgomery & Hansen, LLP  (More Info)
Mr. Montgomery discusses building businesses on a solid foundation

Presentation; Mentoring Chapter

10:00 AM - 10:20 AM

Meet the entrepreneurs that are making a difference. Visit with business assistance organizations and other resources in the exhibit area

Panel Discussion - Morning
10:20 AM - 11:15 AM

Your Business, Competitive in a Global Market (More Info)

Prashant Shah - TiE Angels
Joe Flynn - Lavante, Inc.
Jonny Price - KIVAZip
Lori Falkenstrom - GSA - Small Business Services Unit
Monica Givargis - Wells Fargo

Moderator: David M. Steele  - San Jose State University

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Find Out About Regional Business Growth Assistance Resources (More Info)

Joe Hedges - City of San Jose
Bob Goedjin - SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives)
Anuradha Basu - Silicon Valley Center for Entrepreneurship
Fernando Sepulveda- Implusa Business Incubator (invited)

Introduction to Global and European Union Options
12:00 PM - 12:15 PM

Honorable Chuck Reed, Mayor of San Jose
Consul General of the Netherlands Bart van Bolhuis (More Info)

12:15 AM - 1:30 PM

Lunch will be served and Exhibits will reopen.

International Keynote
1:30 PM -  2:15 PM

European Building Blocks, "A Whole New Game" (More Info)

Olivier Minkowski - EUROPORT

Sean Randolph - Bay Area Council Economic Institute

Panel Discussion - Afternoon
2:15 PM - 3:00 PM

Small Business Development, R&D, and Funding in Europe
(More Info)
Vitaly Golomb – 500 Start Ups
Joanne Vliet - US Department of Commerce
Fernando Sepulveda - ImpulsaXL
Paraic Hayes, IDA Ireland
Moderator: Daniel Zimmerman - WilmerHale

Wrap up and Networking 
3:00 PM - 3:45 PM






Councilmember Rose Herrera - City of San Jose
President Qayoumi - San Jose State University
Chief Strategist Kim Walesh - City of San Jose


John Montgomery - Founder, Montgomery & Hansen, LLP
John Montgomery is an entrepreneur, corporate and executive coach, corporate attorney, and author of "Great from the Start," a step-by-step guide to building a successful conscious corporation. John is the founder of the law firmMontgomery & Hansen. He is also the founder of Startworks, a Silicon Valley-based technology incubator that develops start-ups to thrive in an interdependent global economy. He was also a co-chair of the legal working group behind California’s new benefit corporation legislation.  John is currently co-founding an international management consultancy to empower established European and American businesses to become iconic representatives of the emerging, sustainable global economic system. 


Your Business, Competetive in a Global Market
Hear a variety of approaches to keep your business competetive in the current economy.

Prashant Shah, Charter Member - TiE Angels
Prashant Shah has been an early stage venture investor since 2001. He is an active Charter Member of TiE Silicon Valley (sv.tie.org), a member of its Board of Directors, and Head of TiE Angels. Previously, he spent nearly 10 years at Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, and early stage VC focused on enterprise and infrastructure software. Prior to Hummer Winblad, Prashant spent many years defining and launching high tech products. His background spans all seven layers of the OSI stack with product management roles at enCommerce (acquired by Entrust), Cypress Semiconductor and AT&T. In addition, he was on the Board of Trustees for Astia (www.astia.org), a non-profit that advances women in high-tech entrepreneurship. Prashant received a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Joe Flynn, Founder and CEO - Lavante, Inc.
Joe Flynn co-founded Lavante in 2001 with the vision of transforming the traditionally manual-based AP audit recovery industry through the use of sophisticated on-demand technologies. Through its rapid growth and premier client list, Lavante has since been recognized as the on-demand leader and innovator in the areas of Supplier Information Management and Profit Recovery.  Selected as one of the 40 leading executives under the age of 40 in 2009 by the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal, Joe was twice named as one of the Top 50 Irish Americans in Technology in the Silicon Valley by the Irish Technology Leadership Group, ITLG and was recently selected as one of the, “Pros to Know” by Supply & Demand Chain Executive magazine

Jonny Price, Program Director - KIVAZip
Jonny first came to Kiva in 2009 as a volunteer on a 5-month externship from his management consulting firm Oliver Wyman. After 6 years at Oliver Wyman, first in London and then in San Francisco, he joined Kiva full-time in September 2011, to lead the Kiva Zip pilot project. He graduated with a BA in History from the University of Cambridge, where he represented his college at 14 sports (although 3 of these were table football, pool and chess).

Lori Falkenstrom, Senior Business Specialist - GSA - Office of Small Business Utilization
Lori has over 25 years of experience in conducting and participating in various federal procurement conferences, workshops, seminars, and trade fairs.  She provides information on how to do business with GSA as well as tips on doing business with the federal government.  She is a member of the Department of Defense Small Business Advocacy Council.

Monica Givargis, Vice President - Wells Fargo
Bio Pending

David M. Steele, Dean - San Jose State University, College of Business
Dr. Steele joined San Jose State University in July, 2008 as Dean, College of Business and Lucas Graduate School of Business. Previously, he was Dean of the Silberman College of Business at Fairleigh Dickinson University, the largest private university in New Jersey. He was also Professor and Dean of the College of Business at Florida Institute of Technology, a leader in science, engineering and business in the Florida “Space Coast”. Dr. Steele also has over 25 years of richly varied executive experience in global business development, finance, and engineering in the petroleum and IT industries. He rose through the ranks of Chevron Corporation (ranked Fortune # 3 today) to become President of Chevron Latin America.  

Local business assistance organizations will pitch attendees in five or fewer minutes about their programs.

Joe Hedges, International Programs Manager - City of San Jose
The City of San Jose's Foreign Trade Zone allows the region's businesses to delay, reduce, or eliminate duty payments on foreign merchandise.  Joe Hedges has more than 15 years of experience providing businesses with expert advice regarding international trade.

Bob Goedjen, Counselor - SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives)
SCORE helps Small Business people through mentoring and training. Volunteer counselors bring decades of experience in a variety of business disciplines and industries. Counseling is provided at no charge and workshops & seminars are modestly priced.  He has been a volunteer at Silicon Valley SCORE since 2003. Prior to that he was a managing consultant for MANEX and a 30 year veteran of semiconductor industry.

Anuradha Basu, - Silicon Valley Center for Entrepreneurship
The Silicon Valley Center for Entrepreneurship promotes effective entrepreneurship through knowledge creation, knowledge dissemination, collaborative partnerships and outreach activities.

Introduction to Global and European Union Options

Honorable Chuck Reed, Mayor of San Jose
Chuck Reed was elected as the 64th Mayor of San José in 2006, after serving six years on the City Council.  Since taking office, Mayor Reed has been committed to improving the quality of life in the city, boosting the public’s trust in local government, and eliminating the City’s structural budget deficit. His top priorities during his second term are to restore police services after a decade of budget cuts, bring new jobs to San José, and implement much-needed fiscal reforms to solve the City’s enduring budget problems.

Consul General of the Netherlands Bart van Bolhuis
Bart van Bolhuis was appointed as representative for the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the 13 westernmost United States in August 2009. He and his team, based in San Francisco and Los Angeles, focus on mutual investments in innovation: water and energy, food and nutrition, life science and health, and creative industries.  From 2003 to 2009, Bart van Bolhuis was Director for Foreign Trade and Investment at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Secretary of the Dutch Trade Board. Bart has been and continues to be an advocate for private-public cooperation designed to increase Dutch competitiveness in globalizing markets. In this regard, he took the initiative for the creation of the Dutch Design Fashion and Architecture cooperation.  He has also served in the UN Department at the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and at the Ministry of Economic Affairs.  Bart van Bolhuis holds a Master’s Degree in International Law from the University of Amsterdam.

European Building Blocks, "A Whole New Game"

Olivier Minkowski, Founder - EUROPORT
Olivier Minkowski is the founder of Europort, a local non-profit organization that develops business, technological and scientific partnerships between the European Union and companies and agencies in the United States, focusing on the Silicon Valley. Europort is today one of the main point of contact for European Affairs in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Mr. Minkowski is a social entrepreneur with over 15 years of technological and business practice throughout Europe, the Middle East and North America.  Mr. Minkowski holds a B. A. in International Relations and a M.A. in Diplomacy and Security.


Sean Randolph, President - Bay Area Council Economic Institute
The Economic Institute produces authoritative analyses on major economic policy issues, including infrastructure, globalization, energy, science & technology, and governance, and mobilizes California and Bay Area leaders around targeted policy initiatives.

Dr. Randolph has previously served as President & CEO of the Bay Area Economic Forum, which merged with the Bay Area Council in January 2008, and as director of international trade for the State of California, where he developed trade strategy and directed international business programs to stimulate exports and introduce California companies to overseas markets. Before service with the state, he was Managing Director of the RSR Pacific Group, an international business consulting firm specializing in Asia and Latin America, and prior to that served as International Director General of the Pacific Basin Economic Council, a 15-nation international organization of leading U.S., Asian and Latin American corporations. 


Small Business Development, R&D, and Funding in Europe 

Vitaly Golomb, Keen Systems / Europe Venture Summit (a 500 Startups Mentor)
Vitaly is the Founder and CEO of Keen Systems, a venture-backed Software-as-a-Service ecommerce platform for the $640B print industry. The company has been lauded by industry as well as top technology press and has quickly become one of the leading solutions in its category. In 2012, Keen won an “InterTech”, the top global print industry technology award.  Vitaly is the Executive Producer of European Venture Summit and the Founder Community, a Silicon Valley entrepreneurship event series. He advises and consults technology startups as a Mentor at 500 Startups, the world’s leading seed venture capital firm; at Innovation Nest Accelerate.

Fernando Sepulveda, ImpulsaXL Business Accelerator
Founder and CEO of Impulsa one of the fastest growing Buiness Accelerator with offices in United States, Mexico, Peru and Sweden. 
Prior to founding the Impulsa Group, Fernando, a Harvard graduate, was an Associate Principal at McKinsey & Company Inc. and has served as an advisor to the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education in Mexico.

Joanne Vliet, US Department of Commerce
Joanne Vliet directs the U.S. Commercial Service’s Silicon Valley office, which provides a variety of services to U.S. companies seeking to enhance their growth and competitiveness through exporting. She previously managed international programs at the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce and the Texas Department of Economic Development.  Joanne is a Marshall Memorial Fellow and a graduate of UT-Austin with a degree in Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.

Paraic Hayes, IDA Ireland
Páraic Hayes was appointed in January 2012 to IDA Ireland’s Silicon Valley office; the agency responsible for the attraction and development of foreign investment in Ireland including companies like Google, facebook, twitter, Apple, LinkedIn, eBay, Dropbox and many more. Páraic is responsible for advising Bay Area Technology companies who are internationalizing for the first time, and need a Gateway to the European market. Paraic also spent office over 6 years in IDA’s Chicago office where he covered the Lifesciences and Food sector throughout the US Mid-West and South East. Prior to joining IDA Páraic spent 8 years in marketing and business consultancy roles within the European IT and Software sector. He is a graduate of Waterford Institute of Technology and Berlin Business School.

Daniel Zimmerman, Wilmerhale
Daniel Zimmermann is a partner in the Transactional Department, and a member of the Corporate at Wilmerhale from 2011 and Chairman at the Board of Directors for the German American Business Association (GABA).  Mr. Zimmermann’s practice draws on his extensive experience in complex corporate transactions and venture technology issues. His experience includes advising emerging growth companies and technology startups on a variety of corporate governance and finance matters, as well as exit transactions such as public offerings and mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Zimmermann further counsels Silicon Valley-based venture capital firms, as well as global venture and private equity funds in their portfolio investments in the US and abroad.  Daniel’s practice also has an international focus that involves the regular representation of clients in global expansions and off-shore acquisitions by US companies.  He has served as chair of the Executive Committee of the International Law Section of the State Bar of California for the 2009-2010 term and has also served as vice president and board member of the German-American International School of Silicon Valley. Daniel is recognized as "Up and Coming" in the 2011 edition of Chambers USA for his corporate/M&A and venture capital practice.


BOS -  BusinessOwnerSpace.com offers customized business services as well as online content and resources specifically developed for entrepreneurs and business owners.

SBA - Since its founding on July 30, 1953, the U.S. Small Business Administration has delivered millions of loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses.

SBDC - The Silicon Valley Small Business Development Center provides free, confidential, one-on-one business counseling and low-cost entrepreneurial training to small businesses in Santa Clara and Southern San Mateo Counties.

SCORE - Workshops and Seminars on Small Business topics, plus Free Counseling with two Experienced Executives.

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When & Where

200 E. Santa Clara St.
San Jose, 95113

Monday, May 20, 2013 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM (PDT)

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