Corporations

Universities

Investors

Founders

Bringing together

venture studios

innovation leaders

corporate partners

builders

The Annual Venture Building Summit

Presented by high alpha innovation

Corporations

Universities

Investors

Founders

Bringing together

venture studios

innovation leaders

corporate partners

builders

Featured Speakers

Joe DeSimone

Stanford University

Betsy Bluestone

P&G Ventures

Hamet Watt

Share Ventures // MoviePass

Melinda Richter

Johnson & Johnson Innovation

Samantha Cicotello

Capital One

Matt Blumberg

Bolster

Jessie Young

Uber

Elliott Parker

high alpha innovation

Jian Wei Hoh

VIIZR

Stu Willson

Radicle

Tara Fung

Gesso Labs

Alasdair Trotter

Innosight

Gordon Daugherty

Capital Factory

Amish Parashar

Explorer's lab

Bob Dieterle

University of North Carolina

Sarah Liu

Fifth Wall

Jake Miller

Engineered Innovation Group

Katrina Smith

Vayner3

Lesa Mitchell

High Alpha Innovation

Tim Howe

Cox Enterprises

Adam Wood

Future State

Oji Udezue

Twitter

Amanda Poole

High Alpha Innovation

Taylor Bench

Summit Venture Studio

Joe DeSimone

Stanford University

Betsy Bluestone

P&G Ventures

Hamet Watt

Share Ventures // MoviePass

Melinda Richter

Johnson & Johnson Innovation

Samantha Cicotello

Capital One

Matt Blumberg

Bolster

Drew Bennett

University of Michigan

Elliott Parker

high alpha innovation

Jian Wei Hoh

VIIZR

Stu Willson

Radicle

Tara Fung

Gesso Labs

Alasdair Trotter

Innosight

Gordon Daugherty

Capital Factory

Amish Parashar

Explorer's Pab

Bob Dieterle

University of North Carolina

Sarah Liu

Fifth Wall

Jake Miller

Engineered Innovation Group

Katrina Smith

Vayner3

Lesa Mitchell

High Alpha Innovation

Tim Howe

Cox Enterprises

Adam Wood

Future State

Oji Udezue

Twitter

Amanda Poole

High Alpha Innovation

Taylor Bench

Summit Venture Studio

Tickets for Alloy 2022, The Annual Venture Building Summit, are going fast! Reserve your spot today:

Alloy will kick off at 9 AM CT on Wednesday, October 5 and run through mid-afternoon on Thursday, October 6.

Each ticket includes full access to Alloy programming as well as complimentary breakfast, lunch, snacks, and session-wide Happy Hour on Wednesday evening.

Day 01 | Wednesday October 5th, 2022

8:00 AM | Doors Open / Coffee / Badges

9:00AM

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Lauren Kellum

Chief of Staff, High Alpha Innovation

9:10AM

Keynote: Manufacturing Serendipity

Elliott Parker

CEO, High ALpha Innovation

10:00AM

A Call to Build: Lessons from Venture Studio Leadership

How do you successfully integrate into the corporation? What does the "journey" look like from day 1 to optimizing operations? Listen as a seasoned venture studio leader share their stories and insights.

Betsy Bluestone

Managing Director, P&G Ventures

Gene Han

Managing Director, High ALpha Innovation

Networking and Coffee Break

11:10AM

Panel 01

Web3 and Decentralization: The Next Horizon

Web3 and cryptocurrency form the backbone of one of the hottest recent trends in the venture building. From creating decentralized revenue streams to building community with corporates, explore this topic with crypto-focused startup founders disrupting the traditional startup model.

Drew Beechler

co-founder & CEO, Holder

Tara Fung

Cofounder & CEO, Co:Create

Katrina Smith

Chief of Staff, Vayner3

Panel 02

Ideation and Licensing in Corporations and Universities

Commercializing innovation is hard work, on university campuses or otherwise. How can universities best commercialize their existing IP? What are the best IP licensing structures to enable university research, especially on software, to get "out into the wild?" Are Simple Software Licenses structures creating incrementality? How should universities think about monetizing open source software? Hear from licensing experts as they discuss bringing great ideas to life.

Amish Parashar

ceo, explorer's lab

Drew Bennett

Director, Software & Content Licensing, University of Michigan

Taylor Bench

Managing Director, Summit Venture Studio

11:55AM

Dancing with Elephants: Secrets of Large Corporation Collaborating with Startups

Hear insights from corporate liasions who are successfully partnering with startups and the broader venture ecosystem. What are the neccessary ingredients to make successful collaboration work?  How does it change with early stage vs. growth startups?

Kate Whitcomb

Growth Advisor / Fractional CRO

Melinda Richter

Global Head of JLABS, Johnson & Johnson Innovation

Tim Howe

AVP, Strategy & Corp Dev - Healthcare, Cox Enterprises

Lunch

1:30PM

The Role of Technologists in Venture Building

Jake Miller

CEO, ENGINEERED INNOVATION GROUP

Raelyn Wilson

CEO, PeerSupply

Amanda Poole

Director of talent, high alpha innovation

2:20PM

Entrepreneurs Change the World: Developing a Social Impact Through Venture Building

Hamet Watt

Founder & CEO, Share Ventures

Hannah Gräfin von Waldersee

VP, STRATEGY & INNOVATION, Insight Partners

Networking and Coffee Break

3:00PM

Trends in Talent: Hiring and Retaining in the Next Era

Founding teams are crucial for any new venture -- but how are trends in finding great talent changing? This expert panel will explore one of Alloy's most popular topics: from hiring successfully to pivoting gracefully and how the talent ecosystem continues to evolve.

Amanda Poole

Director of talent, high alpha innovation

Samantha Cicotello

Capital One ventures, Capital One

Beth Scheer

Head of Talent, Homebrew Ventures

3:30PM

Panel 01

Whitespace 101: Defining Opportunities in Current and Future State

How do you identify whitespace for new products and ventures today and tomorrow?  How do you develop foresight to understand the future? In this session, you'll hear from experienced builders who specialize in whitespace.

Adam Wood

Founder + CEO, Future State

Oji Udezue

Head of Product for Creation & Conversation, Twitter

Panel 02

Making the Pivot: Changing the Focus of a Startup

What do you do when you know your product is not working or will not achieve PMF?  What are the signs to look for and how do you take action on migrating your team to a new direction? Hear from founders who have successfully made a material pivot to get their companies on a new track.

Amos Schwartzfarb

Managing Director, techstars Austin

Monica Landers

CEO, StoryFit

Char Hu

CEO, The Helper bees

4:15PM

The VIIZR story: What happens when two industry titans create a startup joint venture?

VIIZR, a joint venture between Ford and Salesforce, officially launched in 2022. How did this collaboration come to surface and what does it look like to lead a startup in the shadow of two industry behemoths. Get the perspective from VIIZR leadership as they share their story.

Jian Wei Hoh

CEO, VIIZR

Dave Sonders

COO, VIIZR

Ryan Larcom

Director, High Alpha Innovation

5:00PM | Reception Social

Day 02 | Thursday October 6th, 2022

8:00 AM | Doors Open / Coffee / Breakfast

9:00AM

Day 2 Opening Remarks

Lauren Kellum

Chief of Staff, High Alpha Innovation

9:10AM

Universities Enabling Startups: Lessons from the Edge

Lesa Mitchell

Managing Director - portfolio, high alpha innovation

Joe DeSimone

Chemist, Inventor, and Entrepreneur — Stanford University

9:50AM

Panel 01

Building a Venture Ecosystem in your Backyard

This session focuses on ecosystem building and community engagement. How can innovators and entrepreneurs work together to build a culture of innovation in their city and beyond? How do corporates get involved and stay connected?

Mike Langellier

Tech Executive and Ecosystem Builder

Gordon Daugherty

Co-Founder & Chairman, Capital Factory

Bob Dieterle

Managing Director - First In Venture Studio, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Shelton Mercer III

Founder & CEO, Virtuous Innovation

Panel 02

Fireside Chat: Disruption Theory in Venture Building

Gautam Mukunda

VP of Research, Rose Park Advisors

Elliott Parker

CEO, High ALpha Innovation

Networking and Coffee Break

11:00AM

Panel 01

Innovation Success Metrics: Proving the Value of Innovation Programs

Innovation initiatives only survive over the long haul if they eventually begin delivering on the impact metrics that truly matter to the C-Suite and key business unit leaders. What are these KPIs and pieces of data that innovators should measure against?

Alasdair Trotter

Partner & Managing Director, Innosight

Zack Gipson

Managing Director, Head of Digital Investor solutions, charles schwab

Jessie Young

New Verticals lead, uber

Panel 02

Novel Approaches for Collaborating with Startups

Corporate / startup collaboration is broken - at least from the startup’s perspective. This panel dives deep into the goals and challenges of corporate collaboration for startups, how investors and universities are advising and supporting entrepreneurs in regards to working with - or avoiding - large corporations, and innovative approaches for improving the odds of success on both sides of the table.

Stu Willson

Co-Founder & CEO, Radicle

Sarah Liu

Partner, Fifth Wall

Mitch Jacobson

Executive Director, Blackstone LaunchPad, UT Austin

11:45PM

Successful Startup Boards: A How-to Guide

What's needed for a successful startup BOD, and how does that differ from a board in corporate America? How do the expectations differ and how should composition differ? Come hear how BOD's typically evolve and how to manage expectations as a startup grows.

Matt Blumberg

CEO, Bolster

12:30PM

Closing Remarks and Sponsor Recognition

Elliott Parker

CEO, High ALpha Innovation

12:45PM | Closing & Lunch (Available to Go)

*Topics and sessions subject to change. Refer to the Alloy website for most updated conference schedule.

Join us in Austin, TX on October 5-6 for two days of learning and networking with senior executives, entrepreneurs, and investors building the next generation of transformative startups.

An alloy is the strengthened metal resulting from a combination of multiple elements, and High Alpha Innovation’s Alloy conference brings together top corporate and university innovators, leading entrepreneurs and startup founders, and investors who fund across different company-building models.

This year's theme is the New Era of Venture Building – unpacking strategies and tactics for building transformative startups and creating a high-performing innovation growth engine.

We are excited to offer 35+ expert speakers on two stages -- bringing a mix of in-depth panel discussions, inspiring keynotes, and special guests from around the venture ecosystem.

Alloy is located on Austin's Near Eastside at Fair Market.

Fair Market is a unique indoor-outdoor event space that is located just minutes from downtown Austin and Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

We recommend the following hotels all within a short distance of Alloy:

Hilton Garden Inn Austin Downtown/Convention Center
Courtyard by Marriott Austin Downtown/Convention Center
Omni Austin Hotel Downtown
Hilton Austin

Thank you to our sponsors!

A look back at Alloy 2021

Questions? Email alloy@highalphainno.com

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