Startup Investment and Community Capital Expo 2018

October 30,2018 · 7:30 am – 12:00 pm · Embassy Suites Hotel

Opening Plenary Session

8:00 A.M. – 8:45 A.M.

Moderator: Brad Barbeau

Executive Director, Institute for Innovation and Economic Development (iiED)

Keynote Address – Zentrepreneurship

Doug Erickson

Founder, Santa Cruz New Tech Meetup

Session 1A

8:45 A.M. – 9:30 A.M.

Emerging Opportunities in the Ag Supply Chain

Moderator: Alex Gershenson


CEO, SupplyShift



Richard de Andrade, CEO Solare Inc.


Paul Powers, Catalyst Strategic Investors

Joe Merenda, President/COO, Misionero Vegetables

Session 1B

8:45 A.M. – 9:30 A.M.

Sources of Community Capital

Moderator: Amy Stocker
Co-Founder, Slow Money Monterey


Arno Hesse, Founder & CEO, Credibles


Hillary Talbot, Principal at être

Gary Peterson, Director of Communications and Philanthropy, Farm Link

Maija West, Law Offices of Maija West

Session 2A

9:45 A.M. – 10:30 A.M.

Emerging Opportunities in Sustainable Hospitality

Moderator: Shyam Kamath

Dean, CSUMB College of Business


Pete Delgado, CEO, Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital


Soerke Peters, CEO, Lafayette Kitchen and Café 

Jeroen Gerrese, General Manager, Sanctuary Beach Resort and Spa

Paul Michel, Superintendent, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary

Session 2B

9:45 A.M. – 10:30 A.M.

Community Capital – Calls for Investment

Moderator: Susan Szasz
Co-Founder, Slow Money Monterey Bay


Pamela Burns, Owner, The Sacred Table

Seth Kinkade, Founder, Radicle Snacks

Mark Farr, Corral de Tierra Cattle Company

Jiri Nozicka, Owner, San Giovanni

Investment Plenary Session

10:45 A.M. – 11:45 A.M.

Brad Barbeau, Director iiEd
Moderator: Brad Barbeau
Executive Director, iiED

Companies Pitching

ALD Green
Mazel Tov Farms
Skywriter Systems, Inc.

Investor Panel

Tom Armstrong

Robert Blair

Fred Cohen

Arno Hesse

Roberta Lee

Craig Vachon

Luncheon Speaker

12:00 P.M. – 1:00 P.M.

Bethany Mayer, Executive Partner with Siris Capital Group LLC; former president and CEO of Ixia.