Wednesday, December 9, 2015 | ASU SkySong
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When: Wednesday, December 9, 2015

The Arizona Technology Council is excited to announce its 2015 StartupConnect AZ Conference taking place on Wednesday, December 9.

Calling all Arizona entrepreneurs! This annual AZTC event, created by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs is Arizona’s must-attend venue for anyone looking to start, grow or sell a venture. Delivered once a year in a one-day format, StartupConnect has quickly become the place to roll up your sleeves, get up close and personal with successful founders, creators and rainmakers, and make invaluable connections that will shape your company in the future.

Content at this year’s event will delight audiences as 50 successful CEOs and Executives take the stage to divulge their secrets, solutions and regrets. Hear from luminaries like Jeff Hoffman, co-founder of Priceline, as he shares the 10 key things every entrepreneur should know. Witness a live Pitch Contest during three key times throughout the day with the winner announced just prior to the evening cocktail reception. Participate in nine interactive breakout sessions delivered by moderators and panelists who have been in the trenches and created successful ventures. Rub shoulders with some of the smartest tech startup gurus Phoenix has to offer. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to change your business and your future.


Where: ASU SkySong



The 2015 StartupConnect AZ Conference begins at 8:30am with Registration + Coffee, followed by our Conference Welcome + Introductions and then our Keynote Speaker Jeff Hoffman, founder of 

The Pitch Contest will occur throughout the day with audience voting, an all-star panel of judges and finale with the winning company walking away with cash for its venture.

We have three breakout tracks throughout the day: Foundation Strategies, Launch Strategies and Growth Strategies. Each track was conceived for the different cycles entrepreneurs go through in their ventures.

Get your network on with plenty of breaks, a leisure almost-hour of Lunch + Networking and the Happy Hour which takes place in the Startup Showcase.

StartupConnect AZ 2015 Agenda

8:30am | Registration + Coffee

Get some coffee, make some early connections and get ready to enjoy the conference!

8:45am | Welcome + Introductions
9:00am | Keynote Speaker, Jeff Hoffman, Founder of
10:00am | Break
10:15am | Pitch Contest Round One, presented by Hool Coury Law
11:00am | Breakouts - Click + to View Full Details

Foundation Strategies Track - Finding and Refining Great Ideas
Moderator: Jim Cook, ASU Skysong
Panelists: Kevin Goldman, Tallwave; Jeff Hoffman, Priceline; Jim Kaslik, Cloud Hidden Designs; Sidnee Peck, ASU

Launch Strategies Track - Tapping into the AZ Startup Ecosystem
Co-presenter: Jonathan Cottrell, #YesPHX
Co-presenter: Alicia Holmes, MIT Enterprise Forum

Growth Strategies Track - How to Prepare for Insane Growth
Moderator: Patrick Armstrong, Canal Partners
Panelists: Josh Manley, ReplyBuy; Rajeev Arora, Parchment; Bill Dolphin, Omedix; Todd Belfer, Canal Partners; Terry West, Serious Integrated

12pm | Lunch + Networking
12:45pm | Pitch Contest Round Two, presented by Hool Coury Law
1:30pm | Breakouts - Click + to View Full Details

Foundation Strategies Track - Protecting Your Assets Early
Moderator: Daniel Schenck, Clark Hill
Panelists: Tom Curzon, Osborn Maledon; Jonathan Coury; Hool Coury Law; Kevin Olson, Steptoe & Johnson; Garland Brown, Weiss Brown; Dan Noblitt, The Noblitt Group

Launch Strategies Track - Funding Your Venture
Moderator: Preston Clarke, AZ Venture Consulting
Panelists: James Goulka, ATI; Ron Robertson, Picmonic; Stephanie Sims, Finance-Ability; Tyler Rives, SVB; Charles Berry, Clark-Hill PLC

Growth Strategies Track - Accelerating Your Venture
Moderator: Greg Head, New Avenue
Panelists: Bob LaLoggia, Appointment Plus; Anna Hrach, Ethology; Matt Ekstrom,; Nathan Mortensen, Tallwave Capital

2:30pm | Break
3:00pm | Breakouts - Click + to View Full Details

Foundation Strategies Track - Accessing Powerful Advisors + Mentors
Moderator: Armando Viteri, Neubloc
Panelists: Courtney Klein, Seedspot; Renee Yeager, Yeager Marketing; Karen Katzorke, Invest SW; Tom Blondi, SocialWhirled

Launch Strategies Track - Launching Your Venture
Moderator: Bruce Law, Sprout Marketing
Panelists: Bret Larsen, eVisit; Spencer Thomason, CleanRouter; Kristin Hege, WiredPR; Justin Gray, LeadMD

Growth Strategies Track - Exit Strategies/Begin with End in Mind
Moderator: Tishin Donkersley, AZ Tech Beat
Panelists: Mario Martinez, MRTNZ Ventures; Zach Ferres, Coplex; Don Pierson, SalesFitRx; Phil Seibel, WealthPoint

4:00pm | Break
4:15pm | Pitch Contest Finale, presented by Hool Coury Law
4:30pm | Final Remarks + Happy Hour + Startup Showcase Begins
6:00pm | Event Concludes


StartupConnect AZ

$50 - $75
  • AZTC Members: $50
  • Non-Members: $75
  • Early-Stage Technology Startups: $50
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