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. 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.

Where to stay

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
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. Later-Stage Institutional Investing
  • Track C. New Government Models for Fostering Tough Tech Commercialization
1:00 14:30:00

Pitch Sessions

  • Founder Pitches
2:45 16:45:00

One-on-One Meetings & Networking

  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

Nick DeCristofaro

Nick DeCristofaro

CTO, Solidia Technologies

Track B: Supply Chain Strategy | Formlabs

Speakers

Max Lobovsky

Max Lobovsky

Co-Founder & CEO, Formlabs

Dávid Lakatos

Dávid Lakatos

Chief Product Officer, Formlabs

Track C: Strategic Partnership Strategy | D-Wave

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 at Vergent Bioscience

Jill Smith

Jill Smith

Experienced Global Tech CEO, Non Executive Director & Chair

Track Y. Building and Scaling Technical Teams

Speakers

Ilan Gur MODERATOR

Ilan Gur MODERATOR

CEO, Activate

Matt Verminski

Matt Verminski

Former VP of Engineering, Desktop Metal

Clara Vu

Clara Vu

Co-Founder & VP of Engineering, Veo Robotics

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

Lou Cooperhouse

Lou Cooperhouse

President & CEO, BlueNalu

Sandra Glucksmann

Sandra Glucksmann

President & CEO, Cedilla Therapeutics

Katie Burke

Katie Burke

Chief People Officer, HubSpot

15:00:00 16:30:00

3:00pm – 4:30pm

Speakers

Rodney Brooks

Rodney Brooks

Founder & CTO, Robust.AI

Stan Lapidus

Stan Lapidus

Managing Director, Lapidx Research

Joy Dunn

Joy Dunn

Commonwealth Fusion Systems & SpaceX

Keenan Wyrobek

Keenan Wyrobek

Founder, Head of Product & Engineering, Zipline

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. Later-Stage Institutional Investing

Speakers

Milo Werner MODERATOR

Milo Werner MODERATOR

Partner, Ajax Strategies

Andrew Boyd MODERATOR

Andrew Boyd MODERATOR

Head of Global Equity Capital Markets, Fidelity Investments

Track C. New Government Models for Fostering Tough Tech Commercialization

Speakers

Orin Hoffman MODERATOR

Orin Hoffman MODERATOR

Venture Partner, The Engine

13:00:00 14:30:00

1:00pm – 2:30pm

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

Bob Mumgaard

Bob Mumgaard

CEO & Co-Founder, Commonwealth Fusion Systems

Dan Nevius

Dan Nevius

CEO & Co-Founder, Analytical Space

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

Dhash Shrivathsa

Dhash Shrivathsa

Founder, Radix Labs

Jeff Takle

Jeff Takle

CEO, E25Bio

Mian Zhang

Mian Zhang

CEO & Co-Founder, HyperLight

Yibiao Zhao

Yibiao Zhao

CEO & Co-Founder, ISEE

14:45:00 16:45:00

2:45pm – 4:45pm

One-on-One Meetings & Networking

  Contact •

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