Schedule of Sessions

Monday, September 28 | Recovery & Reinvention

Welcome & Keynote

Monday, 8:30 A.M. – 9:30 A.M.

The Art of Perseverance:
How to Survive a Pandemic

Chair

Keynote Address

Brad Barbeau
Institute for Innovation & Economic Development at CSU Monterey Bay

Guy Kawasaki
Chief Evangelist of Canva

Session 2

Monday, 9:30 A.M. – 10:30 A.M

How COVID-19 is Impacting Venture Funding

Moderator

Panelists

Toby Corey
Zentrepreneur.life

Angie Mertens
ONE WORLD Training & Investments

 Ullas Naik
Streamlined Ventures

Break – Virtual Cafe

Session 3

Monday, 10:45 A.M. – 11:45 A.M.

Community Capital Pitches

Moderator

Pitching Companies

Susan-Szasz-Harker

Susan Szasz Harker
Slow Money Monterey Bay

We are a food-waste reduction company based in Santa Cruz, California providing shelf-stable products that would otherwise become compost or landfill.

Terroir in a Jar

Fenn Coffee is a black-owned, small-batch, wholesale coffee company. Fenn Coffee is known for its popular product, the cold brew double espresso shot.

Fenn Coffee

Through powerful immersive digital experiences and inclusive community engagement, our goal is to educate, drive action, and inspire hope in the future of our planet.

Virtual Planet Tech.

Session 4

Monday, 11:45 A.M.– 12:45 P.M.

Venture Pitches

Moderator

Pitching Companies

Doug Erickson
Santa Cruz Works

Through digital experiences and community engagement, our goal is to educate and inspire hope in the future of our planet.

Cruz Foam

Carnot has developed a patented process that is capable of compressing air in isothermal manner.

Carnot Compression

Combines cybersecurity experience and AI expertise to safeguard confidential information and protect valuable assets.

Defenseforce

SORCE is an energy management platform that monitors workforce readiness and increases performance.

Sorce Technologies

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 | Crowdfunding

Welcome & Keynote

Tuesday, 8:30 A.M. – 9:30 A.M.

The Current Environment & the Economy

Keynote Address

Chair

Shyam Kamath
College of Business at CSU Monterey Bay

Congressman Jimmy Panetta
California’s 20th Congressional District

Session 2

Tuesday, 9:30 A.M. – 10:30 A.M.

Moderator

Equity Crowdfunding

Panelists

Krishan Arora
Arora Project

Christine Outram
Everydae

 

Jonny Price
WeFunder

Joshua Resnick
Parallel Flight Technologies

 Hillary Talbot
Sail Community Capital

Break – virtual cafe

Session 3

Tuesday, 10:45 A.M.– 11:45 A.M.

Community Capital Pitches

Moderator

Pitching Companies

Amy Stocker
Slow Money Monterey Bay

We are a technology and app platform that creates opportunites for Altruism, leveraging recent research in neuroscience to amplify good feelings for helping others, and to connect to oneself.

Benevolently

New Way Homes creates affordable and below-market rate housing.

New Way Homes

California FarmLink’s mission is to invest in the prosperity of farmers and ranchers through lending, education, and access to land.

Farm Link

Session 4

Tuesday, 11:45 A.M. – 12:45 P.M.

Venture Pitches

Moderator

Pitching Companies

Jennifer Kuan
College of Business at CSU Monterey Bay

Obatala Sciences is a biotechnology toolkit company that is addressing a critically unmet knowledge gap contributing to a $2 Trillion global economic burden annually within the fields of obesity, diabetes, and regenerative medicine.

Obatala Sciences

Closing the achievement gap in elementary math with a flexible classroom and distance learning product.

Levered Learning

Parallel Flight Technologies has created patent-pending technology that enables drone to carry heavy payloads for over two hours. This will make it ideal for use in fighting wildfires, search and rescue, and logistics missions.

Parallel Flight Technologies

Session 5

Tuesday 12:45 P.M. – 1:45 P.M.

Inclusive Restart & Reinvention: Creating Community Capital

Moderator

Panelists

Luis Alvarez
Alvarez Technologies

Rene Mendez
City of Gonzales

Julian Canete
CA Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Carmen Herrera
El Pajaro CDC

Javier Zamora
JSM Organics

Wednesday, September 30, 2020 | Inclusivity in Funding

Welcome & Keynote

Wednesday, 8:30 A.M. – 9:30 A.M.

Inclusion & Diversity in Entrepreneurship

Keynote Address

Chair

Pamela Burns
Wild Plum Cafe and Slow Money Monterey Bay

Ben Jealous
President of People for the American Way

Session 2

Wednesday, 9:30 A.M. – 10:30 A.M.

Inclusivity in Funding & Access to Capital

Moderator

Panelists

Carrie Nikitin
Powerful Women International Connections

Namrata Banerjee
VentureBridge at Carnegie Mellon University

Amy Francetic
Buoyant Ventures

Paula Groves
 Impact X Capital

Dr. Veronica Hunnicutt
Powerful Women International Connections

Break – virtual cafe

Session 3

Wednesday, 10:45 A.M. – 11:45 A.M.

Community Capital Pitches

Moderator

Pitching Companies

Susan Szasz Harker
Slow Money Monterey Bay

CoCo Noir Wine Shop is a woman and minority-owned wine shop and eatery located in Downtown Oakland in the Black Arts Movement Business District.

Coco Noir 

Nece's Gluten Free is dedicated to providing the best tasting gluten free products, as well as knowledge and understanding, to the Monterey Peninsula gluten free community as wll as the many gluten free visitors to the area.

Nece’s Gluten Free Baked Goods

Milk Bottle Supply is reimagining sustainable grocery shopping with wast-free, locally sourced bulk materials and produce combinded with the option of meal preparation.

Milk Bottle Supply

Session 4

Wednesday, 11:45 A.M. – 12:45 A.M.

Venture Pitches

Moderator

Pitching Companies

Brooks McChesney
Advisory Council Member

infiniRel brings together industry veterans to improve the reliability and affordability of renewable energi solutions.

infiniRel

A film studio in the Monterey Bay Area that provides much-needed industry infrastructure for itinerant productions (like Big Little Lies) and for a burgeoning community of homegrown talent.

Seventeen Mile Drive Entertainment

From the volcanic soil of the mountain ranges of Vietnam, Omni Bev’s finest, high-altitude specialty bean blend has a rich and distictive flavor. A result in a cold brew that is deep in flavor with distinguished character.

Omni Bev

Break – virtual cafe

Session 5

Wednesday, 1:00 P.M. – 2:00 P.M

Inclusivity & Social Change

Moderator

Panelists

Trevor Parham
Oakland Black Business Fund

Hope Lehman

Hope Lehman
The Runway Project 

Maija West
Law Office of Maija West

Tamme Shinshuri
Oracles of Truth Academy

Julius-Robinson

Julius Robinson
Union Bank MUFG