Register via Eventbrite for the 3rd Annual KINETIC Conference “FUNDING MATTERS” that will take place virtually with over 1,000 entrepreneurs and funders on Saturday, April 8, 2023. 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, 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 ( Entrepreneur Mind was declared as one of the 100 best entrepreneurship books ever written by BookAuthority.

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 and panels.

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Note: Tickets will not be issued during the conference.

Some of Our Previous Featured Speakers:

  • Philip Gaskin – Vice President of Entrepreneurship, Kauffman Foundation
  • Kobie Fuller – General Partner, Upfront Ventures and Co-Founder, Valence
  • Brad Feld – Co-Founder and Partner, Foundry Group and Co-Founder, Techstars
  • Brittany Davis – General Partner, Backstage Capital
  • Vanessa Kuhlor – Vice President of Startup Banking, Silicon Valley Bank
  • Abir Liben – Senior Associate, Serena Ventures
  • Melissa Bradley – Founder, 1863 Ventures and Co-Founder, Ureeka
  • Bill Aulet – Managing Director, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship and Professor of the Practice, Sloan School of Management
  • Andrew J. Young – Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, U.S. Congressman, Mayor, and Civil Rights Activist
  • Dawn Dickson-Akpoghene – Founder and CEO, PopCom
  • Brian Hollins – Founder and CEO at Takeoff Institute and Board Member of BLCKVC
  • Antonio Barnes – CEO of Fridgio
  • Cheryl Campos – Head of Venture Growth & Partnerships, Republic
  • Leura Craig – General Partner, Outlander Labs
  • Jared Ray Johnson – Co-Founder, Season Three
  • Jessica Myers – Partner, JAG Holdings Group, LLC
  • Seth Levine – Co-Founder and Partner, Foundry Group
  • Dominique Broadwell – Founder, Finances Demystified
  • Alice Loy – Founder, Creative Startups and Investor, Davinci Ventures
  • Joe Beverly – Angel Investor and CEO, Cranium Incubator
  • Regan Yeldell – Senior Director, Enterprise Demand Generation Comcast Business and The Comcast RISE Investment Fund
  • James Andrews – Founder, Authenticated Ventures
  • Perry Flemming, Jr. – Director Data, Analytics and FinTech, Experian
  • Devon Wijesinghe – Investor and Chief Transformation Officer, CORL Technologies
  • Jonah Travis – Founder, Knoow
  • Reginald Swift, Ph.D – Founder and CEO, Rubix Life Sciences
  • Xiomara Rosa-Tedla – Co-Founder and Owner, UnoEth
  • Deirdra Glover – Chief Experience Officer at Conserte
  • 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
  • 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

Conference Agenda

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Previous Fireside and Panel Topics:

  • How I Funded My Startup
  • Asset Management for Entrepreneurs
  • The Future of Capital Access
  • Reimagining Capitalism for Entrepreneurs and Their Communities
  • Sources of Capital to Fund Your Startup (Other than Venture Capital)
  • Venture Capitalists Give Insider Advice to Help You Get Funded
  • Strategies and Resources to Help Startups Get Funded
  • Where to Find Funding
  • Generational Wealth through Entrepreneurship, Investing, and Financial Literacy
  • The Do’s and Don’ts of Securing Funding from Investors

Disclaimer: Speakers and panels are subject to change.

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