high alpha innovation Presents – Alloy 2021

The annual corporate venture studio summit

Bringing together

venture studios

innovation leaders

corporate partners


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2021 Schedule

10:00 AM ET
Lauren Kellum
High Alpha Innovation
10:10 AM ET
Keynote: Welcome to the future: It's about to get weird
Elliott Parker
High Alpha Innovation
10:40 AM ET
Panel: Comparing Innovation Models: Secrets of Successful Corporate Innovation
From accelerators and incubators to CVC and venture studios, which model is the best and which model is the right one for your organization? Explore the pros, cons, do's and don'ts of the innovation growth models used by some of the most progressive leaders in the corporate innovation landscape.
Mike Joslin
High Alpha Innovation
Aaron Schacht
Melody Dippold
Silicon Valley Bank
Danielle Cohn
11:20 AM ET
Panel: Entrepreneurial Experiences: What I Wish I Would Have Known
In this session, you'll hear directly from successful founders and insights from their entrepreneurial journeys. What would they have done differently? How does the venture studio model compare to other founding approaches? Where can founders find community and increase their odds of success?
Ali Norup
Trey Closson
Clarence Bethea
Claudia Reuter
Pre-Launch Company
11:20 AM ET
Panel: Venture Capital 2021: Trends, Challenges & Opportunities
In this session, you'll get an informative overview of today's venture landscape, including trends, future predictions, notable deals, data around deal sizes, and predictions from experts across a variety of investment tracks.
Ian Hathaway
Jenny Fielding
The Fund
Janet Bannister
Real Ventures
Sophie McNaught
Silicon Valley Bank
15 minute Break
12:10 PM ET
General Session: Finding Entrepreneurial Talent
What does a "rockstar" management team look like at a start-up? What do studios and corporate innovators look for when recruiting CEOs and cofounding teams? What incentives and compensation structures work best to attract and retain top talent? Hear directly from a top venture studio recruiter in this all-in-one talent primer.
Amanda Poole
High Alpha Innovation
Linda Lee
AI Fund
Matt Hoffman
David Beuerlein
Khosla Ventures
12:50 PM ET
Panel Track 1: First 100 Days of Building a Startup: What to Expect
The startup journey is riddled with challenges from Day 1.  What services and external support do founders and new startups benefit from at launch? How do new companies best access customers as they simultaneously validate concepts? Listen to experts share practical advice on building a successful foundation -- and a winning culture -- in early-stage startups.
Paul Myer
Ryan Larcom
High Alpha Innovation
Alex Maleki
Mike Fridgen
Madrona Labs
Panel Track 2: Where Do Disruptive Ideas Come From? Insights into Feeding the Innovation Pipeline
Explore how innovators generate the next great idea. What are the different approaches, sources, techniques and tradecraft used to create disruptive concepts?  Listen to experts share insights and their stories.
Amol Dixit
General Mills
Alexandra Savona
ZX Ventures
Amish Parashar
Explorers' Lab
Teaque Lenahan
30 minute Break
1:45 PM ET
Networking Session #1
2:15 PM ET
General Session: Scaling Leadership in Startups
In this Q&A session, Bolster CEO and author of "The Startup CEO" and "The Startup CXO" Matt Blumberg will share what it means to scale leadership teams, culture, and success at new companies. Matt's wide-ranging discussion will provide practical advice for founders, those who aspire to lead new companies, and those who work with leadership teams both inside and out of startups.
Matt Blumberg
Gene Han (Moderator)
High Alpha Innovation
3:00 PM ET
Panel Track 1: Managing the Innovation Ecosystem: Leading the Charge from Within
Innovation leaders have the mission to develop disruptive ideas but that work often requires Herculean efforts on managing internal "change" as well. What really works in influencing internal stakeholders and driving adoption across the corporate ecosystem? Hear what tactics real-world practitioners find to be effective in leading the innovation agenda.
Alice Liu
Stanley Black & Decker
Rob Martens
Jen Gaze
High Alpha Innovation
Dave Sonders
Panel Track 2: Dynamics of a University Venture Studio
Universities, perhaps even more than corporations, must constantly seek to innovate and deploy new ideas into the marketplace. In this panel, you'll hear success stories and get advice from university innovators who have successfully indroduced the venture model to campuses, including HBCUs.
Matt Brady
High Alpha Innovation
Katie Rice
Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation
Marlon Evans
Nex Cubed
Bob Dieterle
University of North Carolina
3:40 PM ET
Networking Session #2
15 minute Break
4:30 PM ET
Keynote: The Entrepreneur's Weekly Nietzsche
In this headlining session, early-stage investor, entrepreneur, and Foundry Group partner Brad Feld takes the Alloy stage for a wide-ranging Q&A around his latest book, The Entrepreneur’s Weekly Nietzsche. Brad will connect the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche (who he considers the "patron philosopher of entrepreneurs") to startups and entrepreneurship in a way that is both practical and approachable, providing inspiration, introspection, and storytelling to disruptors of all types.
Brad Feld
Foundry Group
Elliott Parker (Moderator)
High Alpha Innovation
5:15 PM ET
Closing Remarks
Elliott Parker
High Alpha Innovation

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