Schedule & Speakers

Schedule At-A-Glance

Day 1 | Wednesday, May 10

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. General Session
5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Reception

Day 2 | Thursday, May 11

8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Advocacy on Capitol Hill


Detailed Schedule

Day 1 | Wednesday, May 10

The general session will run from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. with a reception following from 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  Below are topics slated for the general session .  Check back often for updates to the schedule.

Pushing Tax Reform to Encourage New Company Formation

With unified Republican control of both the White House and Congress, the likelihood of tax reform increased significantly.  Five months after President Trump took office, we will check on the reform efforts taking place in key congressional committees, discuss how the risks and opportunities for your firms and portfolio companies, and provide an update on our efforts to encourage new company formation in tax reform.

Moderator: Justin Field, Vice President of Government Affairs at NVCA

Panelists:

  • Lori Prater, Tax Counsel and Policy Director for Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA)
  • Jon Talisman, Founding Partner at Capitol Tax Partners

Make Our Public Markets Great Again!

The median number of venture-backed IPOs per year has dropped precipitously over recent decades.  The JOBS Act was a great first step to help venture-backed companies onramp to the public markets but more needs to be done to ensure they are successful once there.  This panel will explore what happened, why, and what we can do about it to reopen the IPO markets to venture-backed companies.

Moderator: Scott Kupor, Managing Partner at Andreessen Horowitz

Panelists:

  • Barry Eggers, Partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners
  • Brett Paschke, Head of Equity Capital Markets at William Blair

Immigrant Entrepreneurship Under the Trump Administration

The talent of immigrant entrepreneurs has played a large role in startup growth and success in the U.S. Given President Trump’s attention to immigration reform, this panel will provide important updates on congressional and the administration’s efforts to reform immigration and how those efforts will impact the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Moderator: Bobby Franklin, President & CEO of NVCA

Panelists:

  • Scott Sandell, Managing General Partner at NEA

Engaging Government Agencies as Customers and Partners in Innovation

The federal government and its many agencies and offices offers tremendous opportunity for startup companies to do business as well as partner in innovation.  During this panel, we will convene leaders from across the federal government who are responsible for strategies to bring the federal government into the 21st century to discuss how we can encourage the government to purchase more entrepreneur-generated technology, and how to better connect your portfolio companies to the right people in government to solve critical issues for the country.

Moderator: Scott Frederick, Partner and Head of Business Development and Federal Government Initiatives at NEA

Panelists:

  • Justin Antonipillai, Former Counselor to the Secretary, Delegated Duties of Under Secretary for Economic Affairs at US Dept. of Commerce
  • Kyla Fullenwider, Chief Innovation Officer at U.S. Census Bureau
  • Dan Tangherlini, former Administrator of the United States General Services Administration

Policymaking During Rapid Innovation in Life Science and Technology Innovation

Innovation is exploding in many areas of venture investment, including life science, cybersecurity, machine learning, and many others.  Policymakers will be confronted with rapidly changing products and services that will touch the lives of their constituents in the years to come.  This panel will discuss how policymakers can shape these developments in a way that supports innovation.

Moderator: Jeff Farrah, Vice President of Government Affairs at NVCA

Panelists:

  • Nick Rossi, Staff Director at the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

Engaging Government Agencies as Customers and Partners in Innovation

The federal government and its many agencies and offices offers tremendous opportunity for startup companies to do business as well as partner in innovation.  During this panel, we will convene leaders from across the federal government who are responsible for strategies to bring the federal government into the 21st century to discuss how we can encourage the government to purchase more entrepreneur-generated technology, and how to better connect your portfolio companies to the right people in government to solve critical issues for the country.

Panelists:

  • Justin Antonipillai, CEO of WireWheel and Former Acting Under Secretary of the Department of Commerce
  • Kyla Fullenwider, U.S. Census Chief Innovation Officer
  • Dan Tangherlini, former Administrator of the GSA as well as former CFO at Treasury

Day 2 | Thursday, May 11

Advocacy on Capitol Hill

Every day the NVCA team is on the ground in Washington, DC advocating for policy solutions to strengthen venture capital and the entrepreneurial ecosystem.  This is your chance to make a direct impact.  Join us for a day of advocacy as we head up to Capitol Hill to meet with lawmakers and staff to discuss our policy agenda.



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