Startup Stage

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How do you make your startup stand out? Learn how to connect with your local startup ecosystem, finance your startup and attract diverse employees. Join Techstars Managing Directors from multiple programs, investors such as the Foundry Group and industry experts to discover how to make your startup shine.

Top Three Topics:

  • Retail
  • Entertainment
  • VR and robotics

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10:30-11 AM January 9

Sands, Hall G, 50268

Welcome remarks from Techstars and Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™ and an overview of the upcoming agenda.

Presenter
John Hill
Network Catalyst at Techstars,
Techstars

11-11:45 AM January 9

Sands, Hall G, 50268

From concept, to market validation, to shipping, and to retail, bringing a product to life is full of unexpected challenges. Join other entrepreneurs and experts to share their best advice or how to build your innovations into a successful business.

Speaker
Jean Francois
Director, Commerce Development,
Inram Micro

Speaker
Thinh Ha
Global Air Care R&D Director,
Procter & Gamble

Speaker
Sarah Meister
Manager of Hardware Outreach,
Indiegogo

Speaker
Preston Moxcey
VP / General Manager,
Fossil Group (Misfit)

1-1:45 PM January 9

Sands, Hall G, 50268

Smart Cities/CityOS will feature startups and big brands that are accelerating both access to data that can benefit citizens and reduce barriers to entry and increase productivity at the level of the city.

Moderator
Lesa Mitchell
Managing Director, Kansas City ,
Techstars

Speaker
Adam Blake
CEO,
Zego

Speaker
Nick Bowden
EIR,
Sidewalk Labs

Speaker
G. Nagesh Rao
Chief Technologist,
SBA

2-2:45 PM January 9

Sands, Hall G, 50268

In this panel discussion, led by Ryan Broshar, Managing Director of the Techstars Retail Accelerator, you will hear industry experts from Indiegogo, Target and others discuss how to assess alternatives to market and how to manage the process for success.

Moderator
Ryan Broshar
Managing Director,
Techstars

Speaker
Gene Han
Vice President- Consumer IoT, Head of SF Innovation Office,
Target

3-4:30 PM January 9

Sands, Hall G, 50268

Do you have an innovative Retail product that could be the next big thing? Find out at the Pitch Competition, emceed by John Hill, the Techstars Network Catalyst and judged by a panel of industry executives and investors.

Moderator
Ryan Broshar
Managing Director,
Techstars

Speaker
Sarah Meister
Manager of Hardware Outreach,
Indiegogo

Speaker
Dan Werheimer
Sr. Director,
Target

11-11:45 AM January 10

Sands, Hall G, 50268

From robotics and drones to emerging use cases of AR/VR and blockchain, learn how entrepreneurs are leveraging innovative technologies to build business models aimed at solving some of our most pressing global challenges at scale.

Moderator
Zoe Schlag
Managing Director, Impact Accelerator ,
Techstars

Speaker
Rick Schwerdtfeger
SBIR/STTR Program Director,
National Science Foundation

1-1:45 PM January 10

Sands, Hall G, 50268

Hardware startups are experiencing monumental challenges: unfavorable fundraising environment, lack of role model companies, and lack of mentorship and guidance. These profitable early-stage hardware founders share battle stories and best practices around setting your company for success from day 1.

Moderator
Angelia Muller
Program Director, IoT Accelerator,
Techstars

Speaker
Chris Labelle
Co-Founder,
Mosaic Manufacturing

Speaker
Jen McCabe
Director, Investments & Strategic Business Development ,
Foxconn

Speaker
Nate Williams
Entrepreneur in Residence,
Kleiner Perkins

2-2:45 PM January 10

Sands, Hall G, 50268

Music is fast becoming a technical business. “Music tech” means using technology for more than streaming — music startups are reinventing content creation, marketing, commerce and the live experience. 

Speaker
Bob Moczydlowsky
Managing Director, Music,
Techstars

3-4:30 PM January 10

Sands, Hall G, 50268

Do you have an innovative startup in the entertainment field? Find out at the Pitch Competition, emceed by John Hill, the Techstars Network Catalyst and judged by a panel of industry executives and investors.

Presenter
John Hill
Network Catalyst at Techstars,
Techstars

11-11:45 AM January 11

Sands, Hall G, 50268

Talented founders are born anywhere but most don't live in strong tech communities. In this session we'll discuss how all startup founders can access networks, make connections and build relationships that will make their companies succeed.

Moderator
Karina Costa
Director, Techstars Anywhere,
Techstars

Speaker
Greg Cohn
Founder,
Burner (Ad Hoc Labs)

Speaker
Dawn Dickson
Founder & CEO,
PopCom

Speaker
Stefanie Lemcke
Founder and CEO,
GoKid Corp

Speaker
Michael Maylahn
Founder & President,
Stasis Labs

1-1:45 PM January 11

Sands, Hall G, 50268

Lesa Mitchell, Managing Director at Techstars Kansas City program, leads a panel featuring some of the world’s biggest brands. They’ll discuss their startup programs and success stories. You’ll also hear from startup founders on what works and what to avoid with partnering with big brands.

Moderator
Lesa Mitchell
Managing Director, Kansas City ,
Techstars

Speaker
Paul Berberian
CEO,
Sphero

Speaker
Steve Taub
Managing Director,
GE Ventures

2-2:45 PM January 11

Sands, Hall G, 50268

This panel features startup founders and investors and hosted by Ryan Kuder, former runner of the Techstars Robotics program and the recent Virgin Media Accelerator, will discuss the trends we see emerging in VR, AR and robotics, including the intersection of all three.

Moderator
Ryan Kuder
Managing Director,
Techstars

Speaker
Ian Bernstein
Head of Product,
Misty Robotics

Speaker
Jen McCabe
Director, Investments & Strategic Business Development ,
Foxconn

Speaker
Tony Mugavero
CEO,
Littlstar

3-4:30 PM January 11

Sands, Hall G, 50268

Do you have an innovative VR, AR or robotics solution? Are you combining these emerging technologies together? Pitch in front of investors and industry executives to see if you can win as the best startup in this tech at Eureka Park.

Presenter
John Hill
Network Catalyst at Techstars,
Techstars



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