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A cohort of 4-5 highly-vetted startups in the AI/ML space will be presenting to an expert investor panel and an audience of accredited investors. This conference is for early stage (pre-seed, seed and Series A) private and institutional investors.

​Co-chairs:

Boaz Ashkenazy, CEO, Simply Augented

Ron Wiener, CEO, Venture Mechanics

​Panelists:

Larry Arnstein, CTO, Simply Augmented

Mark Taylor, Private Investor, Alliance of Angels

Yuval Neeman, Managing Director at Trilogy Equity Partners

Sri Chandrasekar, Managing Partner at Point72 Ventures

 

Presenting Companies:

TBA

So How Does it Work?

The sequence for a Launchpad Expo event is as follows:

  • Startups may begin applying two months prior to the event date, with a deadline of 5 weeks prior to the event date
  • The panelists and other assigned judges with expertise in the vertical sector will select the finalists two to three weeks before the event date
  • In the final 2-3 weeks the panelists and our staff will work with the five top-ranked startups to go through final due diligence and perfect their pitches
  • Up to five semi-finalists will be given the opportunity to have a demo table at the event, without an on-stage presentation

On event day, the format is as follows:

  • Doors open at 1:30pm for check-in. Live attendance capped at 100 people. Audience comprised primarily of accredited investors. Livestreaming option may be available for specific events.
  • The official program begins at 2:15pm with the conference chair introducing the panelists
  • Starting at 2:30 pm, each of the five companies will have a total of a half-hour on stage: a 12-minute pitch followed by an 8-minute Q&A with the panelists and an 8-minute Q&A with the audience
  • At the end of the presentations there will be a digital crowdvote for best presentation, and sponsored prizes will be awarded
  • Networking reception will begin at 5:15pm. Light dinner and beverages (incl. beer and wine) will be provided. Attendees are welcome to stay for the afterparty, which usually lasts several hours.
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