Agenda

Tuesday

12:30 – 1:30 pm
Registration

1:30 – 2:00 pm
Welcome and Introduction
2:00 – 3:00 pm
Venture Showcase – Part I
The first five of our ten showcase companies present.

3:15 – 4:30 pm
Theme: Gaming
The term “video games” hardly does justice to the diversity and explosive growth of the gaming sector across the past decade. The gaming industry now generates billions of dollars in annual revenue and the platforms of choice for delivery continue to evolve. Yet, the role and acceptance of gaming in traditional educational contexts continues to lag the broader market. This panel will highlight the current state of the education gaming world – where is it gaining traction, where it is not, and how entrepreneurs and investors are navigating this space.

4:45 – 5:45 pm
Venture Showcase – Part II
The second five of our ten showcase companies.
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Reception and Demonstration

Wednesday

7:30 – 8:15 am
Registration & Breakfast
8:30 – 9:15 am
Keynote

9:30 – 10:45 am
Taking Flight
Generating sufficient momentum to get an initiative off the ground remains the paramount issue for most entrepreneurs, regardless of industry or sector. Panel participants – both experienced entrepreneurs and first-timers – will offer perspective on the key requirements for a successful start-up, including the metrics and milestones that they focus on “pre-flight” and strategies for validating hypotheses and customer needs in a dynamic market environment.
10:45 – 11:15 am
Networking Break & Presentations
11:15 – 12:30 pm
Early Turbulence
All early-stage businesses and entrepreneurs grapple with adverse conditions that impede the journey. This panel will offer insights into how entrepreneurial leaders manage these challenges. Key issues addressed will include: the warning signs to which executives should stay tuned; the role of the team in stabilizing the “plane”; understanding the source (internal or external) of the turbulence and its influence on the team’s response; and, how to determine when conditions require a shift in direction.
12:30 – 1:30 pm
Lunch
1:30 – 2:45 pm
Leveling Off
As entrepreneurial ventures elevate above early challenges and find their “cruise altitude”, a new business dynamic emerges. The excitement and urgency of the early days is often replaced by the more mundane rigor of developing and implementing adequate infrastructure and processes to ensure smooth operations for team members and customers. For entrepreneurs and early team members, this shift can be jarring; key metrics and expectations shift, as may the risk profile of the business. This panel will explore how leaders transition to this stage of flight and recommendations for peers approaching a leveling off.
3:00 – 3:15 pm
Networking Break
3:15 – 4:30 pm
Landing the Plane
Numerous factors influence the “landing” – i.e., exit – that executives seek to achieve for their business. While most leaders aspire to effect a perfect landing, the reality is that conditions are often not ideal, and executives must make adjustments. This panel will focus on what leaders can do to create the optimal path for landing, while highlighting strategies for responding to the shifting internal and external variables that make for a bumpy landing.
4:30 – 4:45 pm
Closing Remarks
5:00 – 6:30 pm
Networking Reception