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Venture Conference 2019

The Tech Council

Thursday, April 11, 2019 from 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM (EDT)

Venture Conference 2019

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General Admission Apr 11, 2019 $245.00 $11.96

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The Tech Council’s 22nd Venture Conference showcases the region’s most promising companies and offers insights from many of the nation’s top investors. We expect over 1,000 entrepreneurs, developers, angel investors, venture capitalists, investment bankers, lenders and business leaders as well as students and professional advisors from the region. The event will be held at the Wellness Center at NJIT in Newark.



2:00 PM Registration / Exhibits Open

3:00 PM Welcome: James Barrood, President & CEO, NJ Tech Council 

3:05 PM: Keynote Chat: Matt Kalish, DraftKings

3:40 PM: Round 1 20 Pitches 

To Be Announced March 11

4:20 PM Networking

4:40 PM: Round 2 - 20 Pitches 

To Be Announced March 11

5:20 PM: Investors Panel

Kelly Ford, Edison Partners 
Kathleen Coviello, NJEDA 
Stephen Socolof, Tech Council Ventures 
Kange Kaneene, SAP 

6:00 PM: Awards and Reception



Matt Kalish

Cofounder and Chief Revenue Officer, DraftKings

Matt is CRO and cofounder of DraftKings, the innovative sports-tech media entertainment platform that is changing the way consumers around the world engage with and consume sports. He co-founded DraftKings in 2012 and oversees all of DraftKings' customer relationships and treatments, as well as the creation and execution of all aspects of the contests, which are offered across the broadest variety of sports in DFS, Kalish, a lifelong fan of real-time fantasy and strategy games, combined his experience in corporate analytics and e-commerce to become the “game master” of DraftKings. In a short span, he has led his team to go beyond the industry standards spearheaded the creation and execution of all aspects of DraftKings’ games and contests. As CRO Matt oversees a team of over 50 people to help drive the company’s strategies forward across game design and development, game analytics and game operations, revenue and retention. He focuses on DraftKings’ customer relationships and treatments, and oversees the creation and execution of all aspects of the contests across the broadest variety of sports in DFS, including: NFL, MLB, NHL, Golf, NASCAR, SOCCER, CFL, NBA / WNBA, MMA and even e-sports, as well as the broadest amount of game variants within the industry. In a relatively nascent industry, Matt is constantly finding ways to improve daily fantasy sports customers’ game experience, whether it be introducing new contest features or consumer protection policies. The innovation under his guidance has helped DraftKings grow exponentially and the company now boasts over 9 million customers worldwide. Matt’s passion for sports, analytics, and game design has been instrumental in catapulting DraftKings from a small Boston start-up to a global sports-tech entertainment enterprise. Prior to starting DraftKings, Kalish worked in business analytics at Capital One – where he met DraftKings CEO and co-founder Jason Robins. While working in CRM and marketing at Vistaprint, he and Robins met the third co-founder and DraftKings COO Paul Liberman. 


Kelly Ford

Partner, Edison Partners

Kelly is a tech industry executive and operator turned growth equity investor with a specialty in building value and operational excellence for technology companies pre-revenue to $100M. As Partner at Edison Partners, Kelly invests in high-growth enterprise software companies, and advises the firm’s portfolio on go-to-market strategy and operations. Kelly currently serves on the board of directors for Billtrust, Blue Medora, ExecVision, Kinetiq, and the New Jersey Tech Council. She has been recognized as one of the Best 50 Women in Business by NJBIZ and is a frequent speaker at local and national tech startup, B2B sales and marketing events.

Kathleen Coviello

Vice President, Technology & Life Sciences Investments, NJEDA

Kathleen is the Vice President of Technology & Life Science Investments at the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA). In this role, she is responsible for working closely with the state’s emerging technology and life science companies and investors and delivering the various Edison Innovation Fund products to this community. Kathleen also oversees the management of the NJEDA’s Commercialization Center for Innovative Technologies (CCIT), an internationally-recognized 46,000-square-foot, leading life science incubation facility, along with the Biotechnology Development Center, a 32,000-square-foot post-incubation life science facility. With Kathleen at its helm, the NJEDA’s Technology and Life Sciences (TLS) Division has delivered over $1 billion in direct investments, business incentives, tax credits, and venture fund investments through the Edison Innovation Fund. Also during her tenure, New Jersey’s first accelerator- TechLaunch - was established, federal State Small Business Credit Initiatives funds were deployed into several regional venture funds, the State’s Angel Tax Credit Program was launched, and the New Jersey Founders & Funders program was born. Kathleen joined the Authority in August 2005 as a program manager. Prior to joining the NJEDA, she spent over 17 years in the banking industry, with the last eight focused exclusively on the NJ Technology Venture Lending Market. Her venture lending experience includes employment at Silicon Valley Bank, Comerica Bank and Progress’ Techbanc.

Stephen Socolof

Managing Partner, Tech Council Ventures

Steve has been a technology investor for twenty years. He has been a founding Managing Partner of New Venture Partners LLC (“NVP”) since 2001. He launched NVP with a strategy to partner with corporations in commercializing internally developed innovations as spinout ventures. At NVP, Steve raised $580M across three funds. Steve focuses on investments in semiconductors, software, storage, and wireless technologies. He is currently a director of EverSpin Technologies, GainSpan Corporation, NVMdurance, and Vasona Networks. He was recently a director of Airclic (sold to Descartes Systems), Alverix (sold to BD), Neohapsis (sold to Cisco), Silicon Hive (sold to Intel), Sychip (sold to Murata), and an observer of Flarion Technologies (sold to Qualcomm). Steve has also been a leader in the corporate venture community over the past fifteen years. He has been a member of and past Chair of the Corporate Venture Group within the National Venture Capital Association. He is on the Advisory Board of Global Corporate Venturing. He has spoken at many conferences and published several articles. Prior to forming NVP, Steve led an internal incubator for Lucent’s Bell Laboratories, which had been one of the most recognized and successful internal venture incubators. Steve joined Lucent in 1996 as the founding member of the team with the charter to employ a venture-capital model as an alternative commercialization approach for bringing Bell Labs technology to market quickly. The team launched 28 ventures, invested $250M off the Lucent balance sheet, raised $400 million of external venture capital, and produced great returns for Lucent. Steve has spent his career focusing on corporate innovation. Before joining Lucent, Steve spent eight years with the management-consulting firm Booz, Allen & Hamilton, where he was a leader of the practice focused on enhancing corporate innovation. Steve received an M.B.A. degree from The Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College where he was a Tuck Scholar. He is currently on the board of the Center for the Study of Private Equity at the Tuck School. He received a B.A. degree in economics and a B.S. degree in mathematical sciences from Stanford University.


Kange Kaneene

Senior Director of Business Development, SAP

Kange has spent 11+ years at the intersection of technology and business working in the enterprise software industry. She is a Senior Director of Business Development at SAP, the world’s largest enterprise software company. She is currently focused on expanding SAP's ecosystem in the space via investments in startups, partnerships, acquisitions and joint go-to-market. Ms. Kaneene has a passion for diversity and equally distributed access to opportunity. She is on the selection committee and a mentor for Defy Ventures, a non-profit entrepreneurship, employment, and character development training program for currently and formerly incarcerated men, women, and youth. Additionally, she is a member of NYC associate board for Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) NYC. KIPP NYC is a network of 13 public charter schools. KIPP students, 99% of whom are minority and 88% of whom are low-income, matriculate to college at more than double the rate of low-income students nationally and complete college at five times the rate of their peers. Kange has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Michigan and a Master of Business Administration from New York University Stern School of Business. She lives in Brooklyn, New York and loves international travel, cooking, dancing, karaoke, Michael Jackson and spending time with friends and family.





About the Council

With 1,000+ member companies, 100+ events annually, and representing and nurturing a workforce of 500,000+ innovators, the Tech Council actively supports the innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem.

The Tech Council provides business development, education, networking and recognition opportunities as well as advocacy for the region’s businesses.

By collectively representing technology, life sciences and tech-enabled companies, organizations and academia as well as the professional firms that support them, the Council has the unique ability to: 

1. Offer opportunities to learn, network and grow
2. Nurture the tech and STEM talent pipeline
3. Provide access to financing sources and additional resources
4. Recognize and promote innovative companies and their leadership
5. Advocate and support public policy which strengthens the regional ecosystem 

Founded in 1996, the Council is a private, not-for-profit membership organization. It is among the largest and most respected trade associations of its kind worldwide.

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New Jersey Institute of Technology
104 Lock St
Newark, NJ 07102

Thursday, April 11, 2019 from 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM (EDT)

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