Great Lakes Venture Fair October 17-18, 2012
Marriott Cleveland
Downtown at Key Center

The Ohio Capital Fund, Ohio Venture Association, JumpStart, TechColumbus and CincyTech are working to plan the Great Lakes Venture Fair for October 17-18th in downtown Cleveland.

This day-and-a-half event will be a fast-paced gathering for investors and entrepreneurs, featuring the highest potential entrepreneurs and their venture-backable companies from Ohio and the Midwest.

Starting Wednesday afternoon immediately following the National Association of Seed and Venture Funds meeting, the Venture Fair will feature early stage opportunities and a reception in the evening. The following day, the program will include presentations showcasing the best of the region's vigorous startup and investment activity and driving the conversation around building future growth.

The GLVF builds upon momentum driven by seven successful years of The Ohio Capital Fund's Early Stage Summit programs.

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, October 17

1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.   Structuring Successful Strategic Partnerships
Keynote speaker:   Jeff Weedman
CEO, Cintrifuse
Vice President, Global Business Development, P&G
    Venture Investing from the Strategic Perspective
Moderator:   Mark Richey, Managing Director, West Capital Advisors
Panelists:   Jeff Weedman, CEO, Cintrifuse
Robin Davis, VP, The E.W. Scripps Company
John Gardner, Managing Partner, Nokia Growth Partners
Dan Phillips, VP, Sandbox Industries
    Managing Key Stakeholders: Finding the Right Balance to Align Financial / Strategic / Management Objectives
Moderator:   Kerri Breen, Vice President, Arsenal Venture Partners

Jason Rottenberg, General Partner, Arsenal Venture Partners
Philip Brennan, CEO, Echogen Power Systems
Michael Stubler, Managing Director & Co-Founder, Draper Triangle Ventures
Sujatha Ramanujan, VP, Intrinsiq Materials

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.   State of the Ohio Capital Fund and reception
Moderator:   Paul Cohn, Managing Director, Fort Washington Capital Group

Daniel Fleming, Managing Director, River Cities Capital Fund
Stephen Haynes, Managing Partner, Glengary LLC
Rahul Aras Ph.D., President & CEO, Juventas Therapeutics
John Rice, Ph.D., Founder & Managing Partner, Triathlon Medical Ventures

8:00 p.m.   Feel free to schedule sponsored dinners

Thursday, October 18

7:00 a.m.   Breakfast
8:15 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.   Ohio-based Early Stage Companies with Successful Strategic Partnerships
Moderator:   Michael DiSanto, Partner, Dinsmore
Panelists:   Jon Snyder, Founder, President & CEO, Neuros Medical
Kevin Mendelsohn, VP Finance & Corp. Dev., CardioInsight
Art Fritts, President & CEO, NanoSperse
Lisa Novelli, President, National Composites Center
9:15 a.m.   Company Presentations
12:30 p.m.   Lunch
2:00 p.m.   Elevator Pitch Olympics
3:00 p.m.   Adjourn

Schedule is subject to change.

Registration Now Open

Cleveland Marriott Downtown$250 Registration Fee

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Great Lakes Venture Fair provides sponsorship opportunities in a broad variety of ways and price points, as described in the Sponsorship Prospectus (200K PDF).

Platinum Sponsors
The Ohio Capital Fund
Gold Sponsors
Early Stage Partners
Silver Sponsors
5am Ventures Arboretum Ventures
Calfee CincyTech
Draper Triangle Ventures Edison Ventures
Fletcher Spaght Ventures
Hopen Life Science Ventures Permal Capital Management
River Cities Capital Funds Rocket Ventures
Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP Tech Columbus
TechGrowth Ohio

Allos Ventures
Arsenal Venture Partners
Radius Ventures, LLC
RiverVest Venture Partners
SunBridge Partners
Thompson Hine