IU Founders & Funders Network

Venture Summit

May 12–13, 2022

Indiana Memorial Union
Bloomington, IN

Sponsored by:

Fuel the Cycle of Innovation

The IU Founders and Funders Network exists to develop and activate IU’s global venture network. It is a passionate, supportive membership network of IU affiliated entrepreneurs, innovators, investors, and others who are interested in advancing the virtuous circle that nurturing new ventures brings with it.

This exclusive IU community brings like-minded people together. Innovators and entrepreneurs find the industry experts and resources they need to push their businesses forward. Entrepreneurs, innovators and investors get access to the best of IU’s startup community.

The Venture Summit will provide attendees the opportunity to connect, build, and learn from others in IU’s global venture ecosystem. Plus, who doesn’t want an excuse to return “home” to Bloomington? Hope to see you there.

The 2022 IU Founders and Funders Network Summit is sold out. To inquire further please contact Jon Barada at jbarada@iu.edu.

Connect

Build start-up investor partnerships
Network with others in your industry

Build

Find industry experts
Find talent to grow your business

Learn

Access world-class educational content
Learn about innovative IU affiliated startups

Event Schedule

Thursday, May 12

Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall Tour

3:00 – 4:30pm

Join us for a behind the scenes tour of the iconic basketball arena. Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall opened as Assembly Hall during the 1971-72 season and Branch McCracken Court was dedicated on December 18, 1971. Since then, millions of fans have attended Indiana Basketball games.

Meet at South Lobby Entrance.

Networking at Nick’s

6:00 – 8:00pm

Join IU Founders and Funders in the Hump Room at Nick’s for networking, food, and drinks.

Friday, May 13

Registration & Breakfast

8:00 – 9:00am

Solarium – Indiana Memorial Union

Breakfast and Keynote Session

9:00 – 10:00am

Solarium – Indiana Memorial Union

Todd Yeagley – Head Coach, IU Men’s Soccer

Whether on the playing field or in the boardroom, building a winning culture takes hard work and dedication. Coach Yeagley will share his thoughts (and inspiration) on the elements that are critical to building a winning culture.

After a standout playing career for the Hoosiers, Yeagley was named Indiana head men’s soccer coach in 2009. In just his third as head coach, Yeagley led Indiana to the 2012 NCAA title , the eighth championship in IU history. During the 2020-21 season, for the second time in program history, Indiana claimed the Big Ten regular season and tournament titles in three-straight seasons. Yeagley was named Big Ten Coach of the Year for the fourth time in his illustrious career and the second time in as many seasons.

As a player, Yeagley was a four-time All-American at Indiana (1991-94). Yeagley is a member of the Indiana Soccer Hall of Fame and in 2013 was inducted into the Monroe County Hall of Fame and the IU Athletics Hall of Fame.

Yeagley earned a Bachelor of Science degree in sociology from Indiana in 2002. He and his wife, Suzy, have three children: Ben, Grant and Jay.

Breakout #1 – “Launch” Session

10:15 – 11:15am

Solarium – Indiana Memorial Union

Tarek Alarui, Cy Megnin, and Kailey Donewald – Moderated by Samantha Ginther

Explore topics like finding product market fit, developing a minimally viable product, fundraising, corporate governance, and the importance of failing fast in this panel discussion featuring perspectives from experienced founders and funders.

Lunch Session – IU Ventures and IU’s Innovation and Commercialization Office

11:30am – 1:00pm

Solarium – Indiana Memorial Union

Jason Whitney, Simran Trana, Neil Powell, and Merrin Joseph

IU Ventures is a catalyst for the IU entrepreneurial community. We invest to generate significant and long-lasting social and economic impact for IU, Indiana, and the World. Learn more about specific programs and opportunities to engage including the IU Angel Network, the IU Philanthropic Venture Fund, IU Founders and Funders Network, and IU Ventures Fellows.

Innovation commercialization is one of the many ways that Indiana University’s research enterprise benefits society. The IU Innovation and Commercialization Office (ICO) works closely with faculty, industry and the entrepreneurial community in Indiana to take IU innovations to market.

Over the past 15 years, IU has received 2,675 disclosures, resulting in approximately 4,250 patent applications and 1,340 issued patents generating 559 licenses, 71 startups and $113 million in revenue.

Learn more about how the ICO contributes to IU’s innovation ecosystem.

Breakout #2 – “Scale” Session

1:15-2:15pm

Solarium – Indiana Memorial Union

Ellie Symes, Dhruv Kapoor, and Peter Kennedy – Moderated by Jason Whitney

Hear from a panel of experienced founders and funders on the importance of quickly scaling a new venture and what some of the key milestones potential investors are looking for. Explore topics such as developing a robust go-to-market strategy, building a winning culture, hardwiring scalable processes, when to consider a non-founder CEO, and more.

Breakout #3 – “Exit” Session

2:30-3:30pm

Solarium – Indiana Memorial Union

Kathy Fields, Ting Gootee, Pat East, and Charlie Clifford – Moderated by Teri Willey

Every venture story is unique and one size certainly doesn’t fit all when considering an exit strategy. M&A’s, MBO’s, and IPO’s all offer viable exit strategies for founders and funders to consider. Understanding how to position for a successful exit, from both the founder and funder perspective, will help define a well-thought-out strategy. Our panel of experienced founder and funders will share their insights.

IU “Spirit of Venture” Awards and Keynote presented by Bridge Bank

6:00pm – 9:00pm

Tudor Room – Indiana Memorial Union

Scott McCorkle – CEO, MetaCX

We are excited to be joined by IU alumnus Scott McCorkle, CEO, MetaCX as keynote speaker.

Scott McCorkle has spent most of his professional career thinking about business to business software and how to improve it for a company’s customers. The former chief executive of Salesforce Marketing Cloud has made billions of dollars building products to help support customer service, and now he’s back at it again with his latest venture, MetaCX, a first-of-its-kind outcomes-based approach for managing the entire customer lifecycle. Prior to Salesforce, McCorkle was president of technology and strategy at ExactTarget.

McCorkle also served at High Alpha, the startup incubator founded in Indianapolis, as an entrepreneur-in-residence and in leadership roles at Mezzia, IBM, and Software Artistry. He earned his bachelor’s degree in computer science from Ball State University and an MBA from Indiana University.

McCorkle will share wide ranging remarks about building a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem, the state of venture capital, and his insights for building a successful tech venture.

The evening will also serve as a celebration of the spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation across the entire Indiana University community. To help celebrate, we will present the annual Spirit of Venture awards. Spirit of Venture awards are given to Indiana University faculty, staff, alumni or student founders and funders who have:

  • Exhibited success in entrepreneurship and innovation.
  • Provided mentorship and support to IU Ventures and IU affiliated founders and funders.
  • Demonstrated noteworthy philanthropy and service to Indiana University

Sponsored By:

Shine Woods Trust

Event Speakers

Tarek Alaruri

Tarek Alaruri

About Tarek

Tarek Alaruri is a founder of Fairmarkit, a Fintech company started in 2017 backed by Insight and GGV tackling enterprise procurement. Tarek was a varsity wrestler and 2013 graduate of the arts and science dept. with a major in chemistry. He also is an active angel investor and member of Forbes 30 under 30.

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Charlie Clifford

About Charlie

Charlie Clifford founded Tumi and served as CEO for many years before finishing his career by heading up the company’s international business.  A true entrepreneur, Charlie launched Tumi with a partner in 1975 as an importer of leather bags from Colombia with a total investment of $10,000.  Today, Tumi is widely considered to be the market leader in premium luggage, business cases, and related accessories.  The brand is sold in over 70 countries and has a dedicated following among frequent travelers, including business executives and professionals, famous athletes, and celebrities from the sports and entertainment world.  After going public in 2012, the company was purchased by Samsonite in 2016 for about $1.8 billion.

Clifford graduated from Indiana University in 1965 with an BA in English and earned his MBA in marketing from Indiana’s Kelley School of Business in 1967.  He then spent two years in Peru as part of an experimental Peace Corps MBA program, working as a consultant with small businesses and assisting government agencies with economic development projects.  In 1975, after working as a marketing director for an industrial equipment company, he started Tumi and named the company after a Peruvian Pre-Colombian god which was the symbol of the region, where he lived while serving in the Peace Corps.

After retiring from Tumi in 2004, Clifford consulted with various companies in the leather goods sector and was a principal at Compass Partners International, a management firm which partnered with international brands, which want to develop their business in the U.S. market.  Most recently, he serves as a founding partner of ROAM, a premium luggage brand with the kind of thoughtful design and premium materials which Clifford insists on for the brands he spearheads.  What sets this new brand apart is a ground-breaking concept for the luggage industry.  ROAM allows customers to express their personality and style by designing their own bespoke luggage – from the color of the case itself, to wheels, trim and zippers, and each piece is then made-to-order at ROAM’s workshop in Georgia and shipped in 3-5 business days.

He is a member of the President’s Circle at ACCION International and the Dean’s Council of the Kelley School of Business.  Clifford also served on the Board of Directors for the Travel Goods Association from 1996 to 2003, and was formerly a Board Director at Aid to Artisans, a non-profit organization which helps artisans in developing countries access the U.S. market for their handcrafted products.

In 2009, Clifford was named as the Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year by the Kelley School.   He was recognized in 2005 by the Travel Goods Association for excellence and outstanding contributions to the travel goods industry and was a past recipient of the President’s Award from the American Luggage Dealer’s Association and the Key Resource Award from the National Luggage Dealer’s Association.

Charlie and Cricket (his wife of 50+ years) divide their time between their home on Cape Cod and an apartment in New York’s Greenwich Village. They have two grown children: Mark, who resides with his wife and two daughters on Cape Cod; and Tara, who lives with her husband and three children in Concord, MA.

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Kailey Donewald

About Kailey

Kailey Donewald is the founder and CEO of Sacred Serve, a plant-based line of gelato bringing function into frozen indulgence. Kailey is a certified holistic health practitioner and has combined her training in nutrition with a degree in finance to launch and scale a fast-growing consumer brand. Kailey is responsible for initiatives such as launching the world’s first plastic-free ice cream packaging that is recyclable and compostable right at home. 

Pat East

About Pat

Pat East is Executive Director of The Mill, a coworking space and incubator in Bloomington, Indiana. Their mission is to launch and accelerate startups and their vision is to become Indiana’s center of gravity for entrepreneurship. With 300 members and 50 companies, they operate as a 501(c)(3) non-profit.

He manages Flywheel Fund, which focuses on technology companies in Indiana. They write 50k initial checks and 50-150k follow-on checks into pre-seed and seed startups.

He previously cofounded Hanapin Marketing, an Inc 5000 and Fortune Great Place to Work honoree, which he sold in 2020. Partners included: Adobe, Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Twitter. Clients included: American Eagle, Home Depot, La-Z-Boy, NPR, ParkMobile, REI, Salesforce, Target, UCLA, University of Chicago, and Weather Channel.

Kathy Fields

About Kathy

Kathy is a board member, investor and transaction expert who combines technical, financial, legal and regulatory expertise with excellent judgment and experience gained from sitting on boards, advising dozens of executives and investors and executing hundreds of transactions across stages, industries and geographies.

Kathy is Senior Advisor at JMI Equity, a growth equity firm focused on investing in leading software companies.  She led deal structuring and execution and SEC registration and led structuring and execution of 75+ investments for international enterprise software and technology enabled services companies with valuations from <$50M to $10B+ and led more than 50 successful exits for JMI Equity portfolio companies.  

 In 2021 Kathy founded Strategic Transaction and Compliance Consulting Services to provide strategic advice and transaction support to companies and investors as they execute on growth and liquidity opportunities. 

Kathy sits on the boards of Swiftly, Kognitiv, the American Online Giving Foundation, Inc., and Friends of Downtown San Diego.

Prior to joining JMI, Kathy was a partner in the corporate, private equity and technology companies groups at Goodwin Procter LLP, where she was a founding partner and co-chair of the Silicon Valley office.

Kathy holds a JD from Stanford Law School and bachelor’s degree from Indiana University Kelley School of Business.

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Samantha Ginther

About Samantha

Ginther is a venture associate at High Alpha, a leading business-to-business software-as-a-service venture studio in Indianapolis. She was previously a senior associate and head of platform for IU Ventures. Ginther began her career in marketing and business development for the behavioral health care industry. She is a board member for the Venture Club of Indiana and a board observer for The Bee Corp.

Ting Gootee

Ting Gootee

About Ting

Ting Gootee serves as the Chief Investment Officer with primary responsibilities in investment strategies, due diligence, portfolio oversight and back office operational support. Elevate Ventures has been ranked by the leading VC industry data provider as the most active investor in the Great Lakes region since 2017. Previously, Ms. Gootee was Deputy Director, 21 Fund & Entrepreneurship at the Indiana Economic Development Corporation where she provided operational and financial management. She also headed the Fund’s university outreach and talent recruitment efforts. Her prior experiences include analytical roles at the Office of Global Counsel for an international hedge fund and its affiliated brokerage firms, where assets in cyclical and non-cyclical sectors were managed in multiple continents, including the Sub-Saharan Continent and Asia. Having participated in hundreds of early-stage venture deals and multi-billion-dollar private placement transactions, she came with rich experiences in fund management and in business, financial and legal due diligence.

 

A Chinese native, and a Hoosier since 2001, Ms. Gootee serves on the Board of the Venture Club and on the Advisory Committee for AgriNovus and Purdue Trask Innovation Fund. Ms. Gootee received her BA from Beijing University as a Jin Yuxi Scholar, MA from Purdue University as a Lynn Fellow and an MBA in Finance from Indiana University as a Forte Fellow. She also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) and Certificate in Investment Performance Measurement (CIPM) designations.

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Merrin Joseph

About Merrin

Merrin Joseph is a 2022 Venture Fellow for IU ventures and doctoral student in Microbiology at Indiana University. Merrin is originally from India. Before coming to Indiana, she completed a combined B.S. and M.S. in five years, majoring in biology and with a minor in chemistry from Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) TVM in India. During her studies, she has completed various internships in various fields of biology, including Cancer Biology. Currently, her doctoral thesis under the mentorship of Dr. Malcolm Winkler focuses on pathogenic bacteria Streptococcus pneumoniae.

During her studies, she also received a certification in Life Science Entrepreneurship, a course provided by Dr. Jack Gill through IU. She has a strong interest in science and research, but at the same time, inspired by the business mentality. She joined the IU venture fellow program to combine her interest in science and business.

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Dhruv Kapoor

About Dhruv

Dhruv Kapoor is an Analyst at TCG. Previously, Dhruv was an Analyst at Five Elms Capital, a growth equity firm investing in B2B SaaS and tech-enabled businesses. While at Five Elms, he executed investments and supported portfolio companies, including Tagger Media, a leading influencer marketing and social listening platform.

Originally from Mumbai, Dhruv graduated from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University and earned a BS in Business with a focus on Finance and Music. Outside of work, he writes about the startup ecosystem on his personal publication.

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Peter Kennedy

About Peter

Peter Kennedy is the President and Founder of Tagger Media, the leading SaaS data platform for agencies and brands who are using Influencers as part of their marketing toolkit. Tagger’s platform allows our partners to plan, discover, execute, and report influencer campaigns based on the largest database of social interactions. Tagger also offers a full CRM suite, best-in-class data privacy and security, and comprehensive competitive analysis providing visibility into your competitors strategies and previous campaigns. Some of Tagger’s clients include Estee Lauder, Pepsi, Amazon, Bose, Omnicom, and Johnson & Johnson.

Prior to starting Tagger, he was the co-founder of Suturenetics, a medical device developer in the closure industry. Suturenetics was sold to Boss Instruments. Other previous roles include founder and CEO of Wake Nation, a developer and operator of recreational watersports complexes in Ohio and Texas; co-founder of Gorilla Guide, a web-based travel company offering products and services to businesses and consumers in the independent travel market; and Global Brand Manager at THQ, overseeing on average 3 titles per year including Disney/Pixar and Nickelodeon video games (Cars, Incredibles, SpongeBob SquarePants) generating over $75M in revenue per year. Peter holds an MBA from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University and a BA from Denison University. Peter lives in Pacific Palisades, CA with his wife and their 5 children.

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Scott McCorkle

About Scott

Scott McCorkle has spent most of his professional career thinking about business to business software and how to improve it for a company’s customers. The former chief executive of Salesforce Marketing Cloud has made billions of dollars building products to help support customer service, and now he’s back at it again with his latest venture, MetaCX, a first-of-its-kind outcomes-based approach for managing the entire customer lifecycle. Prior to Salesforce, McCorkle was president of technology and strategy at ExactTarget.

McCorkle also served at High Alpha, the startup incubator founded in Indianapolis, as an entrepreneur-in-residence and in leadership roles at Mezzia, IBM, and Software Artistry. He earned his bachelor’s degree in computer science from Ball State University and an MBA from Indiana University.

Cy Megnin

Cy Megnin

About Cy

Cy Megnin has been an entrepreneur, founder and advisor for the past two decades. Past companies include Intel Capital portfolio company PrepFlash; an AI company that uses NLP to automatically create flashcards from any content, and CloudCoreo a configuration management company that garnered investment from Microsoft and ultimately sold to VMware. He was in the 2014 class of 40 under 40 for Professional Remodeler Magazine at the helm of the long running real estate investment firm OCPS and was twice featured on TLC’s hit TV show “Flip That House”. He is currently back in his hometown of Bloomington, IN with his wife Andrea and son Jack working for Elevate Ventures as an EIR, after spending the last 15 years in Austin, Seattle and the Bay area. He has a degree in Economics from Indiana University and an MBA from Baylor University, where he is an executive judge for their annual MBA Ethics competition.

Neil Powell

Neil Powell

About Neil

Neil is a lecturer and the director of the Strategic Finance Academy at the Kelley School of Business. Prior to joining the faculty at Kelley his professional career spanned nearly 30 years in senior finance positions at firms such Intel Corporation, where he was Senior Director of Intel Capital’s Venture Capital Unit and the head of finance for Intel Japan and Korea.

Neil was most recently the VP of Finance and Corporate Controller at Lattice Semiconductor before joining IU. He also serves as IUV’s Executive Director for Student Engagement and is an active member of the IU Angels Network.

Ellie Symes

About Ellie

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Ellie Symes, CEO of The Bee Corp, grew up in a number of cities across the Midwest and Canada. Ellie has a Masters of Public Affairs degree with a concentration in Information Systems from the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Ellie grew her love for beekeeping by starting a beekeeping club at Indiana University while she completed her BS degree in Environmental Management. Named to the Forbes 30 under 30 list for Enterprise Technology in 2021, Ellie was also given the Rising Star Award at TechPoint’s annual Mira Awards in 2018 and chosen for the AgGrad 30 Under 30 list in 2020. Ellie currently serves on the Agrinovus board. She has spoken at several industry and international conferences, including the Almond Conference, Forbes AgTech Summits, Apimondia International Beekeeping Conference, World Ag Expo 2020, and the Forbes 30 under 30 Summit.

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Simran Trana

About Simran

Simran Trana is the first associate vice president for innovation and commercialization at Indiana University. Her position reflects the university’s increased focus on facilitating faculty innovation and the translation of innovations into the marketplace to serve the public.  Her team exists to ensure that important discoveries at IU reach potential clients by engaging stakeholders to deliver products and services for the benefit of consumers and partners.  We do this by developing partnership and deal ready assets, crafting innovative transactions, and generating resources for IU through license revenue, research funding and efficient operations to enhance the research and commercialization infrastructure at the university.  Simran has 27 years of experience in business development, technology licensing, venture creation and new product launch.  She started her career in academic tech transfer, and spent the last 10 years in industry. She holds a master’s degree in plant genetics from Punjab Agricultural University and a master of business administration from University of Ottawa.

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Jason Whitney

About Jason

Jason Whitney serves as Vice President of Venture Development and Executive Director for the Indiana University Angel Network, supporting and developing Indiana University affiliated entrepreneurial ecosystems nationwide.

Whitney’s responsibilities include managing the operations of the IU Angel Network, leveraging new and existing partnerships to fully benefit IU entrepreneurs, and conducting business development and due diligence activities for the IU Philanthropic Venture Fund.

Prior to his appointment, Whitney served as Vice President for Launch Indiana at Launch Fishers where he was responsible for the development and execution of the statewide innovation-driven entrepreneurial capacity building.

Jason holds a B.S. in management from the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University.

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Teri Willey

About Teri

Teri returned to Indiana in 2018 to join Indiana University as an Executive Director of IU Ventures and to launch and manage the new Indiana Philanthropic Venture Fund (IU PhV). She is a member of The Dimension Mill/Velocities Investment Committee, a Director of the Venture Club of Indiana, an Advisor to OnCode Institute in the Netherlands, an Advisor to the Frankel Innovation Initiative and serves on the Board of several early stage companies.

Her career has been about starting and re-organizing university technology transfer programs and launching new early stage funds that invest in university science-based ventures.

Teri served as Vice President of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory leading a new program for industry engagement, new ventures and intellectual property licensing; Vice President for Technology and Business Development for Mount Sinai School of Medicine; founding Chief Executive of Cambridge Enterprise, Ltd the technology commercialization affiliate of the University of Cambridge in England, which included the launch of the Discovery Fund; founder and Managing Partner of ARCH Development Partners, a seed and early stage venture fund focused on university and corporate spin-outs; Business Development for Endocyte, Inc., University of Notre Dame Business School Adjunct Faculty; and Vice President of Start-ups at ARCH Development Corporation, a subsidiary of the University of Chicago, which commercialized technology from the University and Argonne National Laboratory. Her prior experience also includes non-executive board positions with several early stage companies, technology transfer leadership roles at Northwestern University and Purdue Research Foundation, including the partnership to launch Cook Biotech, founding membership on the Indiana 21st Century Fund Board and business development for International Minerals and Chemical.

Teri has been an advisor to policy makers, universities, and companies, is a past President of the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM), a former Bye Fellow of Christ’s College Cambridge in England and a Sagamore of the Wabash.

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Todd Yeagley

About Todd

After a standout playing career for the Hoosiers, Yeagley was named Indiana head men’s soccer coach in 2009. In just his third as head coach, Yeagley led Indiana to the 2012 NCAA title , the eighth championship in IU history. During the 2020-21 season, for the second time in program history, Indiana claimed the Big Ten regular season and tournament titles in three-straight seasons. Yeagley was named Big Ten Coach of the Year for the fourth time in his illustrious career and the second time in as many seasons.

As a player, Yeagley was a four-time All-American at Indiana (1991-94). Yeagley is a member of the Indiana Soccer Hall of Fame and in 2013 was inducted into the Monroe County Hall of Fame and the IU Athletics Hall of Fame.

Yeagley earned a Bachelor of Science degree in sociology from Indiana in 2002. He and his wife, Suzy, have three children: Ben, Grant and Jay.

Travel & Lodging

A block of rooms is reserved for Venture Summit attendees at the Biddle Hotel – Indiana Memorial Union. Please reference the hotel block reservation code below when making your reservation.

Hotel Block Reservation Code:

VENTURES2022

Other travel and lodging resources available at visitbloomington.com

FAQs

Who should attend?

IU affiliated (faculty, staff, students, alumni, friends) entrepreneurs, investors, innovators, founders, funders, and other friends of IU who are interested in advancing the virtuous circle that nurturing new ventures brings with it.

What are the benefits of attending?

The Venture Summit will provide opportunities for attendees to connect, build, and learn.

Connect

  • Build start-up investor partnerships
  • Network with others in your industry

Build

  • Find industry experts
  • Find talent to grow your business

Learn:

  • Access world-class educational content
  • Learn about innovative IU affiliated startups
What does my registration fee include?

Venture Summit registration fee includes all summit programming, networking at Nick’s, breakfast, lunch, and Spirit of Venture reception and dinner.

What is available for my guest?

Guests are welcome to join during the Nick’s and Friday reception and dinner. There is an extra fee for guests to attend the Spirit of Venture reception and dinner.

What is the IUV cancellation policy?

The Venture Summit registration fee is fully refundable if made seven days in advance. Hotel cancellations must be made directly with the Biddle Hotel management.

I have special dietary, mobility, or accessibility needs; can you accommodate me?

Yes. Please contact us directly at ventures@iu.edu.

What should I wear?

Recommended dress throughout the Venture Summit is “smart casual”. Recommended attire for Spirit of Venture awards reception and banquet is “business formal”.

Do current IU students have to pay to attend the Venture Summit?

IU Ventures is pleased to offer a limited number of “first come, first served” full scholarships to attend all Venture Summit activities. Scholarship is for the student only. Any student guest must register/pay. Students interested in accessing the scholarship please email Jon Barada (jbarada@iu.edu) directly.

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