Tough Tech Summit. 10.21. & 10.22. Boston.

Tough Tech SummitSM 2019
Build 10.21. | Invest 10.22.

  About •

Forging a path for Tough Tech.

Our second invite-only conference of founders, entrepreneurs, investors, academics, and business leaders will explore the challenges of bringing Tough Tech to market, and how the Tough Tech ecosystem can work together to accelerate commercial success of world-changing technologies.

Tough Tech Summit 2019 is a two-day event at Hotel Commonwealth in Boston. Day one, Build, will feature keynotes, networking time, interactive panels, and case study workshops. We’ll work together to help solve some of the core challenges faced by Tough Tech companies.

During day two, Invest, founders will showcase their company stories. It will be a day to connect and build relationships with other Tough Tech founders and investment professionals. The day will also feature case study workshops and open networking time.

What is Tough Tech?

Tough Tech is transformative technology that takes the long view, solving the world’s important challenges through the convergence of breakthrough science, engineering, and leadership.

The Tough Tech Summit is by invitation only.

 

Registration closes October 11, 2019.

 

Summit Venue

Getting Here

Questions?

Day1.Build

9:00 10:15:00

Opening Keynotes

  • A Focus on Founders
10:30 12:00:00

Tough Tech Strategies | Case Studies

  • Track A. Business Model Strategy | Solidia Technologies
  • Track B: Supply Chain Strategy | Formlabs
  • Track C: Strategic Partnership Strategy | D-Wave & Lockheed Martin
1:00 14:30:00

Conversations on Company Building | Panel Sessions

  • Track X. Building and Leveraging Your Board
  • Track Y. Building and Scaling Technical Teams
  • Track Z. Building Your Organization
3:00 16:30:00

Day2.Invest

9:00 10:00:00

Opening Remarks

  • A Tough Tech Story: Auris Health
10:30 12:00:00

Conversations on Financing Models | Panel Sessions

  • Track A. Financing by Strategic Corporates
  • Track B. Navigating Capital Markets: From Seed to Institutional Investors
  • Track C. New Government Models for Fostering Tough Tech Commercialization
1:00 15:00:00

Pitch Sessions

  • Tracks Y-Z: Founder Pitches
3:30 16:45:00

Reception & One-on-One Meetings

  Sponsors •

  Agenda •

Day1.Build

09:00:00 10:15:00

9:00am – 10:15am

A Focus on Founders

Speakers

Katie Rae

Katie Rae

CEO & Managing Partner, The Engine

Vinod Khosla

Vinod Khosla

Founder & Partner, Khosla Ventures

10:30:00 12:00:00

10:30am – 12:00pm

Track A. Business Model Strategy | Solidia Technologies

Speakers

Ann DeWitt MODERATOR

Ann DeWitt MODERATOR

General Partner, The Engine

Jim Matheson MODERATOR

Jim Matheson MODERATOR

Senior Lecturer in Business Administration, Harvard Business School

Nick DeCristofaro

Nick DeCristofaro

CTO, Solidia Technologies

Track B: Supply Chain Strategy | Formlabs

Speakers

Milo Werner MODERATOR

Milo Werner MODERATOR

Partner, Ajax Strategies

Max Lobovsky

Max Lobovsky

Co-Founder & CEO, Formlabs

Dávid Lakatos

Dávid Lakatos

Chief Product Officer, Formlabs

Track C: Strategic Partnership Strategy | D-Wave & Lockheed Martin

Speakers

Reed Sturtevant MODERATOR

Reed Sturtevant MODERATOR

General Partner, The Engine

Vern Brownell

Vern Brownell

CEO, D-Wave

Ned Allen

Ned Allen

Chief Scientist, Lockheed Martin

13:00:00 14:30:00

1:00pm – 2:30pm

Track X. Building and Leveraging Your Board

Speakers

Katie Rae MODERATOR

Katie Rae MODERATOR

CEO & Managing Partner, The Engine

Andrew Wheeler

Andrew Wheeler

General Partner, GV

James Geraghty

James Geraghty

Chairman, Orchard Therapeutics

John Santini

John Santini

President & CEO, Vergent Bioscience

Jill Smith

Jill Smith

Experienced Global Tech CEO, Non Executive Director & Chair

Jak Knowles

Jak Knowles

Vice President of Venture Investments, Leaps by Bayer

Track Y. Building and Scaling Technical Teams

Speakers

Ilan Gur MODERATOR

Ilan Gur MODERATOR

CEO, Activate

Tyler Ellis

Tyler Ellis

Founder & Principal, Black Hills Partners

Shannon Miller

Shannon Miller

CEO & Founder, EtaGen

Matt Verminski

Matt Verminski

Former VP of Engineering, Desktop Metal

William Woodford

William Woodford

CTO & Co-Founder, Form Energy

Track Z. Building Your Organization

Speakers

Albert Lee MODERATOR

Albert Lee MODERATOR

Design Partner, New Enterprise Associates

Katie Burke

Katie Burke

Chief People Officer, HubSpot

Patrick Sobalvarro

Patrick Sobalvarro

Co-founder & CEO, Veo Robotics

Sandra Glucksmann

Sandra Glucksmann

President & CEO, Cedilla Therapeutics

Lou Cooperhouse

Lou Cooperhouse

President & CEO, BlueNalu

Ramya Swaminathan

Ramya Swaminathan

CEO, Malta

15:00:00 16:30:00

3:00pm – 4:30pm

Speakers

Rodney Brooks

Rodney Brooks

Founder & CTO, Robust.AI

Keenan Wyrobek

Keenan Wyrobek

Founder, Head of Product & Engineering, Zipline

Joy Dunn

Joy Dunn

Commonwealth Fusion Systems & SpaceX

Geoffrey von Maltzahn

Geoffrey von Maltzahn

Co-Founder & Chief Innovation Officer, Indigo Ag

Stan Lapidus

Stan Lapidus

Managing Director, Lapidx Research

Day2.Invest

09:00:00 10:00:00

9:00am – 10:00am

A Tough Tech Story: Auris Health

Speakers

Katie Rae MODERATOR

Katie Rae MODERATOR

CEO & Managing Partner, The Engine

Josh DeFonzo

Josh DeFonzo

COO, Auris Health

Peter Hebert

Peter Hebert

Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Lux Capital

Bijan Salehizadeh

Bijan Salehizadeh

Managing Director, NaviMed Capital

10:30:00 12:00:00

10:30am – 12:00pm

Track A. Financing by Strategic Corporates

Speakers

David Gammell MODERATOR

David Gammell MODERATOR

Partner, Gunderson Dettmer

Christine Brennan

Christine Brennan

Partner, MRL Ventures

Dipal Doshi

Dipal Doshi

President & CEO, Entrada Therapeutics

Mateo Jaramillo

Mateo Jaramillo

CEO & Co-Founder, Form Energy

Max Pieri

Max Pieri

Clean-Tech Director, Eni Next

Track B. Navigating Capital Markets: From Seed to Institutional Investors

Speakers

Andrew Boyd MODERATOR

Andrew Boyd MODERATOR

Head of Global Equity Capital Markets, Fidelity Investments

Karey Barker

Karey Barker

Founding Managing Director, Cross Creek

Jonathan Hausman

Jonathan Hausman

Managing Director and Head of Global Strategic Relationships, Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan

Brian Korb

Brian Korb

Managing Director, Solebury Trout

Chris Pike

Chris Pike

Managing Partner, Advent International Corporation

Libby Wayman

Libby Wayman

Investor, Breakthrough Energy Ventures

Track C. New Government Models for Fostering Tough Tech Commercialization

Speakers

Orin Hoffman MODERATOR

Orin Hoffman MODERATOR

Venture Partner, The Engine

Travis McCready

Travis McCready

President & CEO, Massachusetts Life Sciences Center

David Stapleton

David Stapleton

Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Industrial Policy, US Department of Defense

James Zahler

James Zahler

Associate Director for Technology-to-Market, ARPA-E

Tex Schenkkan

Tex Schenkkan

Director, National Security Innovation Capital DIU

Eric Toone

Eric Toone

Executive Managing Director and Science Lead, Breakthrough Energy Ventures

Brad Ringeisen

Brad Ringeisen

Office Director of the Biological Technologies Office, DARPA

13:00:00 15:00:00

1:00pm – 3:00pm

Tracks Y-Z: Founder Pitches

Speakers

Adam Behrens

Adam Behrens

CEO & Co-Founder, Cambridge Crops

Trevor Best

Trevor Best

CEO & Co-Founder, Syzygy Plasmonics

Tadeu Carneiro

Tadeu Carneiro

CEO & Chairman, Boston Metal

Shreya Dave

Shreya Dave

CEO & Co-Founder, Via Separations

Paulo Garcia

Paulo Garcia

CEO & Co-Founder, Kytopen

Mateo Jaramillo

Mateo Jaramillo

CEO & Co-Founder, Form Energy

Bin Lu

Bin Lu

CEO & Co-Founder, Cambridge Electronics

Bob Mumgaard

Bob Mumgaard

CEO & Co-Founder, Commonwealth Fusion Systems

Dan Nevius

Dan Nevius

CEO & Co-Founder, Analytical Space

Louis Perna

Louis Perna

Co-Founder, Accion Systems

Nabiha Saklayen

Nabiha Saklayen

CEO & Co-Founder, Cellino

Christopher Savoie

Christopher Savoie

CEO & Co-Founder, Zapata Computing

Michael Schrader

Michael Schrader

CEO & Co-Founder, Vaxess Technologies

Jeff Takle

Jeff Takle

CEO, E25Bio

Mian Zhang

Mian Zhang

CEO & Co-Founder, HyperLight

Yibiao Zhao

Yibiao Zhao

CEO & Co-Founder, ISEE

15:30:00 16:45:00

3:30pm – 4:45pm

Reception & One-on-One Meetings

  Contact •

Contact Us

The Tough Tech Summit is by invitation only.

If you’re interested in attending, send us a note and we’ll get back to you.

 

Registration closes October 11, 2019.