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Register via Eventbrite for the 2nd Annual KINETIC Conference “FUNDING MATTERS” that will take place virtually with over 1,000 entrepreneurs and funders on Friday, April 8, 2022. We want to see you there! Find us on social media: Twitter @KINETICHUB and Instagram @THEKINETICHUB. #FundingMatters

KINETIC-CON is sponsored by Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, JPMorgan Chase & Co., the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship, and the MIT Sandbox Innovation Fund! The first 250 people to register receive a special version of the bestselling book, The Entrepreneur Mind: 100 Essential Beliefs, Characteristics, and Habits of Elite Entrepreneurs (

At KINETIC, we envision a world where funding is available, accessible, and adequate for all people to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams. In short, KINETIC is an online platform that helps entrepreneurs find, receive, and learn about funding, from early-stage bootstrapping to late-stage venture capital and everything in-between. Our annual conference, KINETIC-CON, aims to facilitate educational discussions about funding to help entrepreneurs and funders create a better and more efficient entrepreneurial ecosystem, especially one that benefits entrepreneurs of color. The opportunity is there; the time is now! When we work together, we will accomplish so much more.

“Diverse founding teams have higher returns when cash is returned to investors. Historically, they have earned a 3.26x median realized multiple on IPOs and acquisitions, compared to a 2.50x realized multiple for white founding teams, a 30% increase.” –Kauffman Foundation and MaC Ventual Capital Study

The conference will feature an all-star lineup of speakers for fireside chats, panels, and workshops.

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Note: Tickets will not be issued during the conference.

Some of the Featured Speakers

  • Megan McClellan – Global Head of Private Credit, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Natalie Madeira Cofield – Assistant Administrator, Office of Women’s Business Ownership (OWBO) U. S. Small Business Administration
  • Robert Hines – Vice President, South Region Division-Area Manager Chase for Business
  • Caitlin Szikszai – Senior Investment Associate, Republic
  • Daniel Acheampong – Co-Founder and General Partner, Visible Hands
  • Dr. Paul Campbell – Managing Partner, Brown Venture Group
  • Pilar Johnson – Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Debut Capital
  • Morgan Mahlock – Director Product Strategy, Voltron Data
  • Andrew Mairena – Group Product Manager, Machine Learning Workflows and Limited Partner, MIT Lab Fund
  • Philip Gaskin – Vice President of Entrepreneurship, Kauffman Foundation
  • Sofiat Abdulrazaaq – CEO and Co-Founder, Goodfynd
  • Dexter Caffey – Founder and CEO, Smart Eye Technology
  • Khalid David – Founder and CEO, TracFlo
  • Rahkeem Morris – Founder, Hour Work
  • Megan Krishnamurthy – Co-Founder, Something Brazen
  • Diane Henry – Senior Venture Capital Investor and Impact Strategist, MassMutual
  • Vanessa Kuhlor – Vice President of Startup Banking, Silicon Valley Bank
  • Jane Scott – Head of Global Customer Engagement and Growth, Oracle for Startups
  • Darryl Lindie – Founder, New Majority Capital
  • David Hall – Managing Partner, Revolution’s Rise of the Rest Seed Fund
  • Abir Liben – Principal, Serena Ventures
  • Jenny Larios Berlin – Entrepreneur in Residence, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship
  • And more to be announced!

Conference Agenda

View the conference schedule details.

Fireside Chats/Keynote Speakers:

  • Megan McClellan – Global Head of Private Credit, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Philip Gaskin – Vice President of Entrepreneurship, Kauffman Foundation
  • David Hall – Partner, Revolution Capital
  • Abir Liben – Principal, Serena Ventures

Fireside Topics:

  • Asset Management for Entrepreneurs
  • The Future of Capital Access
  • Reimagining Capitalism for Entrepreneurs and Their Communities

Panel Topics:

  • Sources of Capital to Fund Your Startup (Other than Venture Capital)
  • Venture Capitalists Give Insider Advice to Help You Get Funded
  • How I Funded My Startup
  • Strategies and Resources to Help Startups Get Funded

Workshop Topic:

  • Ask Me Anything with Angels and Venture Capitalists

Disclaimer: Speakers and panels are subject to change.

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