Venture Atlanta, one of the leading venture capital conferences in the Southeast, has announced an expansion to its 2019 programming.
This comprises sessions dedicated to connecting growth stage companies and investors with corporate development leaders from across the nation. The all-star lineup of thought leaders includes Marc Brown, Microsoft Corporate Vice President of Corporate Development, Global Head of M&A and Strategic Investments; Seksom Suriyapa, Twitter – Vice President, Corporate Development and Strategy; James Loftus, Square – Global Head of Corporate Development, among others.
The sessions will kick off with a panel conversation discussing what strategy and corporate development leaders look for in companies, trends in the market, their process for evaluating deals, and will act as a jumping-off point for discussions around growth-stage issues between entrepreneurs, investors and corporate business leaders to be had throughout the day. The growth stage track will also include networking opportunities, intimate roundtable conversations led by Venture Atlanta alumni CEOs and other local luminaries, and opportunities for 1:1 meetings.
“One of the things our more mature Venture Atlanta alumni companies tell us is that they wish they were better prepared for acquisition conversations and understood what to expect,” said Linnea Geiss, 2019 Venture Atlanta board member and SVP, Global Solutions, and Services at PDI Software. “Through this panel, we’ll be able to hear directly from some of the most active buyers in tech, and by leveraging this forum to further connect the growth stage community to later-stage investors and potential acquirers we’ll help our ecosystem of companies thrive as they grow.”
“From its start 12 years ago, Venture Atlanta has been quite effective in connecting earlier-stage companies with investors,” said Alex Estevez, VA’s 2019 Chairman of the Board. “This initiative helps us to become more relevant with later-stage entrepreneurs, investors, and corporations, especially those Venture Atlanta alums who have significantly grown since their early days with us.”
Venture Atlanta 2019 will take place October 16-17, 2019 at Southern Exchange in Atlanta, Georgia. Venture Atlanta is accepting applications from companies in all stages of growth through August 2nd. The organization is also looking for premier investors who are on the hunt for proven and innovative companies. Investor registration is open until October 7.