StartUP World 2016

May 4 | One Day Conference | 9 AM - 6 PM


44 Tehama St. | San Francisco


What is the VC Taskforce StartUP World Conference?

VC Taskforce StartUP World conference is a program of panels, workshops and pitching opportunities including face-time with investors organized specifically to help start-ups in the funding process. At this event you’ll get funding advice & guidance directly from Investors as to what they want and expect from a start-up company seeking funding.

Who attends the Start Up World conference?

  • All types of entrepreneurs looking for funding
  • Entrepreneurs thinking about starting a company.
  • Entrepreneurs who are serious about talking to investors.
  • Entrepreneurs who would like to understand how investors think.
  • Entrepreneurs looking to network with investors
  • Entrepreneurs looking to network with other entrepreneurs
  • Investors looking for deal flow
  • Investors to connect with other investors

This Year's Speakers

Chris Crump

Andy White, Pitchbook

Ron Weissman, Band of Angels

Marc Burch, Burch Ventures

Jackie Magno, Golden Seeds

Andrew Goldner, GrowthX

Ken Arnold, Band of Angels

Trish Costello, Portfolia

Adrian Rich

David Emerson, Harvard Angels

Don Ross, HealthTech Capital

Heather Crawford, Nasdaq

Anette Nordval, Capital A Partners

Jim Simmons, Simmons Goodspeed Ventures

Carol Sands, Angels Forum

Clifford Tong, The Berkeley Angel Network

Bryan Boches, Capseed

Fred Davis

Che Voight

Ephraim Lindenbaum, Advance Ventures

Roger King, Bay Angels

Bill Reichert, Garage Technology Ventures

Susan Mason, Aligned Partners

Gwen Edwards, Golden Seeds

Dan Ahn, Envision Ventures

Marah Deininger, Verizon Ventures

Max Shapiro

StartUp World Chairs

StartUP World Chair, Vandana Agrawal

Operations Chair, Jordan Wahbeh




Check-in, Networking


PitchBook Presentation: Trends in the Investor landscape

Andy White, Analysis Manager


Pitch Mistakes-Panel of Investors

Moderator: Ron Weissman, Band of Angels

Marc Burch, Burch Ventures

Jackie Magno, Managing Director Golden Seeds

David Emerson, Harvard Angels

Don Ross, HighTech Capital


"Getting Ready For Your First Financing"

Adrian Rich, Dorsey and Whitney


Lunch & Pitch Pitch Pitch: Part 1

StartUPs: Come prepared with your best one and two minute pitches

Moderator: Roger King, Bay Angels

Bryan Boches, Capseed

Clifford Tong, The Berkeley Angel Network

Gwen Edwards, Golden Seeds

Fred Davis, Runway Incubator

Che Voight, North Bay Angels

Max Shapiro, Keiretsu Forum


[Mini Workshop] Business Model

Bill Reichert, Garage Technology Ventures


How fundable is your team?

Moderator: Heather Crawford, Nasdaq

Ken Arnold, Band of Angels

Anette Nordval, Stockholms Business Angels

Jim Simmons, Goodspeed Ventures

Ephraim Lindenbaum, Advance Ventures

Sean Sheppard, Growth X

Marah Deininger, Verizon Ventures


The first six months after funding----What does the investor expect?

Moderator: Susan Mason, Aligned Partners

Dan Ahn, Envision VC

Carol Sands of Angels Forum

Trish Costello, Portfolia


Pitch Pitch Pitch Part II FINALS

Attendees who pass Part I pitch again, give a 2 minute pitch and winners are chosen

Gwen Edwards, GCE

JP Simmons

Fred Davis, Runway Incubator

Toni DeRossi

VC Taskforceâ„¢ has built an organization that the venture community can give input and direction to and get immediate results that benefit both investors and their portfolio companies.

Contact Us

For additional information, please get in touch:

June Riley
CEO, VC Taskforce