AGENDA AT A GLANCE 4:00 – 4:15 PM Introduction to BlueTech and SeaAhead 4:15 - 4:30 PM Keynote: Rajiv Singh, Managing Partner at Grandview Capital Partners 4:45 – 5:45 PM Opportunities for Innovation in BlueTech Panel 5:30 - 8:00 PM Blue Tech Demos 6:00 – 7:15 PM BlueTech Shark Tank - Sign up to pitch:http://bit.ly/vc-bluetech-pitch18 7:30 – 8:30 PM Reverse Pitches & Breakout Sessions
1) Introduction to BlueTech
Introduction “Blue Economy”, “BlueTech” & the concept of a new cluster around New England’s maritime sector. Speakers:
Alissa Peterson, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Sea Ahead
Mark Huang, Managing Director, Sea Ahead
2) Keynote Speaker: Rajiv Singh, Grand View Capital Partners
Rajiv is the Managing Partner at Grandview Capital Partners, a multi-stage investment firm he is involved in starting after recently leaving as the CEO of Rabobank North America Wholesale Banking. In his role at Rabobank, as a special focus on innovation, he led the launch of platforms like Foodbytes and MIT Food Prize (pitch competitions in the food and agribusiness sectors), and Terra (a science and technology focused accelerator program for Food/Ag entrepreneurs, in collaboration with Rocketspace). Rajiv has broad principal investment, finance, corporate strategy and execution experience gained during his career at Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse, as well as at United Technologies and Nestle.
3) Opportunities for Innovation in BlueTech Panel
Hear from industry thought-leaders about the opportunities for existing and new stakeholders to solve core industry challenges including data analytics, robotics, communications, navigation and process optimization. Representatives from a variety of key stakeholders will be speaking on their unique perspectives, including shipping, supermarkets, offshore wind farm developers, insurance firms, and defense.
4) BlueTech Demos
Venture Café Demos are a great way to gain exposure through our online and offline channels. During BlueTech Theme Nighrt, Venture Café will give a selection of the area’s ocean sustainability, coastal resiliency, and the urban environmental footprint ventures an opportunity to showcase their product.
5) BlueTech Shark Tank
Five or six entrepreneurs will pitch ocean / waterfront focused solutions to investors in cleantech, sustainability, robotics and tech. Meet our judges:
Moderator: Jason Kelly, Ginko BioWorks
Lisa Sebesta, Fresh Source Capital
Jacob Grose, BASF Ventures
6) Reverse Pitches & Breakouts For Each Industry
Corporations operating in key areas of the maritime sector will reverse pitch technologists and entrepreneurs . For example, Draper Labs has an ocean plastic detection instrument - they could reverse pitch this idea to the room and then the breakout would follow on ocean plastic. Meet our Panelists:
Moderator: Carleen Lyden Walker, Chief Evolution Officer, ShippingINSIGHT
Kent Slatterlee, Acting Executive Director, Gulf Offshore Research Institute (GORI)
ABOUT OUR SPONSOR: SeaAhead
SeaAhead is a Benefit Corporation with the mission of catalyzing the intersection of oceans + innovation + sustainability. We are currently in launch-mode, with the goal of creating a world-class hub for the Northeast ocean cluster that will support new venture development and corporate innovation. SeaAhead will collaborate with ocean clusters around the world.