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
Welcome & Opening Remarks
Keynote: Manufacturing Serendipity
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.
Networking and Coffee Break
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.
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.
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?
The Role of Technologists in Venture Building
Entrepreneurs Change the World: Developing a Social Impact Through Venture Building
Hannah Gräfin von Waldersee
Networking and Coffee Break
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.
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.
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.
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
5:00PM | Reception Social
Day 02 | Thursday October 6th, 2022
8:00 AM | Doors Open / Coffee / Breakfast
Day 2 Opening Remarks
Universities Enabling Startups: Lessons from the Edge
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?
Shelton Mercer III
Fireside Chat: Disruption Theory in Venture Building
Networking and Coffee Break
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?
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.
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.
Closing Remarks and Sponsor Recognition
12:45PM | Closing & Lunch (Available to Go)
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