Sample Schedule

This is a sample of the 2015 Schedule. With a new venue this year, we will certainly be adding in time to visit with the interactive exhibits found at the College Football Hall of Fame. We will post our 2016 schedule in early September.

For planning purposes, investors should fly in late afternoon on Tuesday, November 1 to attend our Venture Atlanta Alumni Dinner and plan to fly out late afternoon on Thursday, November 3rd.

Monday, October 19, 2015

6:00–9:00 Venture Atlanta Alumni Dinner
For Technology Investors and Venture Atlanta Past Presenters
Invitations will be sent to invited guests.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

7:30-10:30 Invitation Only (Event will not be held at the Aquarium)*

“How to Attract and Work with Strategic Investors”

*For Technology investors and entrepreneurs only. Please contact for an invitation.

11:00 Registration Opens to All Attendees at the Georgia Aquarium
11:00–6:00 Exhibition Area Open
12:00 Opening Remarks and Conference Kick Off
12:30–1:30 Seated Lunch

FinTech and Payment Processing Panel – Why is FinTech and Payment Processing so hot in Atlanta? Hear from the experts.

Eric Byunn – Managing Partner, Centana Growth
Tony Catalfano – President and CEO, Worldpay US
Scott Thompson – CEO of Shoprunner and Former CEO of Yahoo and President of PayPal
Richard Diamond – Managing Director, Head of Technology Services, JP Morgan
Moderated by: Rob Frohwein, Kabbage

1:30–2:15 Networking Break
2:15–3:20 Early Stage Company Presentations
3:20–4:00 Networking Break with Snacks
4:00–5:00 Venture Spotlight Presentations
5:00–6:00 Private Equity Panel

Bud Watts – Managing Director, The Carlyle Group
Scott Stevens – Managing Director, William Blair & Company
Chris Solomon – Director of Capital Markets, WCAS
Alex Estevez – Venture Partner, Accel Partners
Moderated by: Jeff Leavitt – Partner, DLA Piper

6:00-7:30 Cocktail Party
6:45 Announcement made for those attending VIP Dinner
7:00-10:30 VIP Dinner (Invitation Only)
Location: American Spirit Works
Transportation provided for out of town guests
Fireside Chat:
Jeff Sprecher – Chairman and CEO, Intercontinental Exchange Chairman, New York Stock Exchange
Garvis Toler – Global Head of Capital Markets, NYSE Group

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

7:30-9:00 VIP Breakfast – Investors and Presenting Companies Only
9:00 – 9:30 Conference Opens to All Attendees

Continental Breakfast and Gourmet Coffee Bar

9:30 – 9:40 Opening Remarks
9:40 – 10:40 Keynote Speaker: Niraj Shah, CEO of
Interviewed by: Catherine Clifford, Senior Writer,
10:45 – 11:40 Early and Venture Spotlight Company Presentations
11:40 – 12:25 Lunch Set Up and Networking
12:30 – 1:30 Closing Keynote and Lunch
Lori Greiner, The Warm Blooded Shark™
1:30 Closing Remarks and Drawings
1:30 NEW! Ponce City Market Progressive Tour! Investors MUST RSVP to Allyson Eman at Only 20 spots available. Transportation will be provided from the Aquarium to Ponce City Market.

Progressive Tour of Ponce City Market, Atlanta’s Fabulous New Live/Work Tech Playground

  • The Chelsea Market-inspired development houses some of the city’s most exciting tech companies with every space unique to its occupant. With only 20 spots available, an RSVP is a must.
  • The tour will stop at some of Atlanta’s fast-growing and nationally renowned tech brands including Mailchimp, athenahealth, HowStuffWorks and Cardlytics. A cocktail reception at Kabbage, pioneer in the small business loans 2.0 category, is the tour’s final stop.