11:15 Entrepreneur’s Expo, Registration & Lunch
Ginger Rothrock, HG Ventures Introduce Judges
First Round of pitches
1:55 “Road After Showcase”
Moderator – Samantha Ginther, High Alpha
Steve Booher, Smart Apply 2nd Place 2021
Rajan Kumar, Ateios Systems 1st Place 2021
2:10 Second Round of Pitches
2:40 “In the Fire”
Moderator: Neehah Jain, Partner and CFO, Armory Square Ventures
2:55 Third Round of Pitches
3:25 “Crossing the Chasm — From Venture to Growth” Middle Market Companies
Moderator: Don Aquilano, Partner, Allos Ventures
Kristen Nunnery, CEO, MyCOI
Matt Weirich, Co-Founder, CEO Realync
3:45 Fourth Round of Pitches
4:15 Keynote: “Global Digital Transformation:
What is it, Why is it important, and What do Startups Need To Know?”
Joanna Milliken, CEO, Emarsys
RJ Talyor, High Alpha, Past Co-founder/CEO, Pattern89
4:50 Winner’s Announcement
5:00 VIP Reception for all attendees
Judges – Katie Birge – M25
Mike Hatfield – Sawmill Ventures
Jacob Schpok – Elevate Ventures
Entrepreneurs Expo 11:30am – 1:00pm
Members – Early Price $75
Member – Regular (after 8/12) $100
Non-Member Ticket – Early Price $125
Non-Member Ticket – Regular (after 8/12) $150
Aaron Gillum is a Senior Vice President in the Private Equity Group at 50 South Capital Advisors. He is responsible for sourcing and analyzing venture capital partnership investment opportunities, as well as fundraising activities and portfolio management. Additionally, Aaron is a member of the 50 South Capital Diversity Council.
Prior to joining Northern Trust, Aaron was co-founder and Managing Partner of an early stage venture fund focused on technology companies in the Midwest and New York City regions. He has over fifteen years of experience in leadership roles with tech start-ups, as well as strategy and restructuring advisory to Fortune 500 and middle market companies across a variety of industries. Aaron was named to Crain’s Chicago Business Tech 50, a recipient of the Turnaround Managements Association’s, Turnaround of the Year and M&A Advisor’s Top 40 Under 40. He serves as the current President of the Venture Club of Indiana. Aaron also serves on the advisory board of several venture funds and is a featured speaker at industry events and conferences.
Aaron earned an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and B.A. in economics and public policy from the University of Michigan, graduating with honors. He is also active as a mentor and volunteer with the Future Founders Foundation and the Big Shoulders Fund.
John’s commitment to trust, transparency, and partnership with entrepreneurs has led to long- term relationships and economic success during his 20+ years as a venture investor. He values diverse and data-driven teams, and he helps these teams grow with their companies.
Prior to starting and building HG Ventures, John Glushik served as a General Partner at Intersouth Partners and the Managing Director of the Duke Angel Network. John’s work has covered all aspects of venture investment and portfolio management. He has spent the last 22 years partnering with entrepreneurs, supporting management teams, leading venture financings, serving as a trusted board member and managing successful liquidity events.
John is an active member of the entrepreneurial community. He has served on the boards of the North Carolina Council for Entrepreneurial Development, the Southern Capital Forum, the Florida Venture Forum, and a chairman of the Atlanta Venture Forum.
He holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering and materials science from Duke University, an M.S. in aeronautics and astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an M.B.A. from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
Ginger Rothrock, PhD, is the senior director of HG Ventures, the corporate venture investing arm of The Heritage Group. In this role, she invests in early to growth stage companies developing advanced materials and systems for the circular economy, energy, water, specialty chemicals, and transportation infrastructure. With a doctorate in chemistry, Ginger has worked at the intersection of science, business, and innovation her entire career. She has a deep appreciation for the opportunity to merge her operating experience with her desire to invest in people. Ginger is particularly passionate about science and engineering anchoring the next generation of transformative startups. Before joining HG Ventures, Ginger served as vice president of Technology and Commercialization at RTI International where she oversaw the commercialization of a $1 billion research and development portfolio and served as a mentor and coach to numerous scientific innovators. Ginger is an accomplished scientist and serial entrepreneur who empathizes with entrepreneurs’ unique challenges. https://hgventures.com/
“Road After The Showcase”
Samantha is an Associate at High Alpha, a B2B SaaS venture studio and venture fund in Indianapolis. She was previously a Senior Associate and Head of Platform for IU Ventures. Samantha began her career in marketing and business development for the behavioral health care industry. She is a board member for the Venture Club of Indiana and a board observer for The Bee Corp.
2021 Winners 1st & 2nd Place
A serial entrepreneurial leader, Steve Booher has launched and exited multiple ventures during his 30-year career, including Productive Resources, Auburn Clutch, NetPage USA, and CAD Design, Inc. His most recent company, Smart Guided, LLC, headquartered in Indianapolis, develops solutions for high-value permanent crop growers worldwide. In spring 2018, the company launched the first Android tablet-based GPS-precision spraying kit for boom sprayers. Later that year, the USDA awarded exclusive rights to Smart Guided to commercialize the LIDAR-based Smart Apply® Intelligent Spray Control System™, now sold to orchards and vineyards worldwide.
Steve has received the prestigious Growth 100 award from the Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Indiana University’s Kelly School of Business, 11 times for four different companies. In 2000, he was named Ernst & Young’s Northern Indiana Entrepreneur of the Year. His company, Productive Resources, was recognized by Inc. Magazine among the “Fastest Growing Companies in America” from 2007-2009. He served on the Ag Sector board of directors of the Association of Equipment Manufactures and chairman of the board of Lakeview Ministries, overseeing fundraising and construction of Lakeview Villages, a summer camp. Steve earned an AD in design from Vincennes University and a BS in business from Indiana Wesleyan.
Dr. Rajan Kumar is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and a Forbes Next 1000 Fellow armed with over 11 years of experience in nanoscale research and commercialization of deep technology. Dr. Kumar is one of the few doctoral engineers with a complete discipline in nanoengineering from the leading nanoengineering universities in the world; the State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany (now known as SUNYPolytechnic) and the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He completed his doctoral studies and masters in Nanoscale Engineering at UCSD where he focused on printed electronics and novel composites for electrochemical devices. In his thesis work, Dr. Kumar developed and patented the world’s first printable stretchable battery, which was heralded as one of 13 battery innovations to change the world. Using his background in advanced materials and manufacturing, combined with analytical software, Dr. Kumar and his team at Ateios Systems are transforming the ways batteries are designed, engineered, and manufactured.
“In the Fire”
Armory Square Ventures
Neenah Jain is a Partner and Chief Financial Officer at Armory Square and is a member of the Firm’s Investment Committee. Ms. Jain has been in venture capital or involved in early-stage startups for over 24 years. She serves as a representative of Armory Square to the Boards at Clerio (observer) and Heretto (observer).
Prior to joining Armory Square, Ms. Jain was the CFO at Radius Ventures, a healthcare venture capital firm, which she joined in 2008. At Radius, she was responsible for the financial management and administrative activities of the Radius Funds and affiliated entities. She was also actively involved in the monitoring and analysis of existing investments, including serving as the Radius representative to many companies over her 12+ years with the firm.
Ms. Jain was previously the Senior Vice President of Finance at IPcelerate, Inc., a startup VoIP software company, where she was responsible for finance and accounting, human resources, legal, and strategic relationships. Earlier, she was a Fund Controller at Capital Analytics, LP (a division of Neuberger Berman), with responsibilities for financial reporting, accounting, tax compliance, and client relations for 10 private equity funds with assets in excess of $750 million. Neenah spent the first years of her career as an auditor with PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, focused on technology and financial services clients.
Ms. Jain holds a BBA from Southern Methodist University and is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive).
An experienced SaaS executive, advisor, and investor, Jeff brings a wealth of expertise in delivering innovative solutions to market that delight customers and drive business success. He has held leadership positions at high-growth companies such as ExactTarget, Salesforce.com, Branding Brand, and Emma.
“Crossing the Chasm — From Venture to Growth” Middle Market Companies
Don has been a venture capitalist for over 20 years across three firms as a managing partner for funds with over $600 million in committed capital. Don is currently a co-founder & managing director for Allos Ventures, an early-stage VC firm targeting B2B software ventures in the Midwest. Prior to being a venture capitalist, Don was a manager of strategy at Diageo, a consultant at BCG and an operations manager at Hewlett Packard. Don has a BS from the University of Arizona and an MBA from Harvard University.
Nunnery is a former house flipper-property manager turned entrepreneur who found her passion and launched a successful company in a $3.2 billion niche insurance industry. While in real estate, Kristen identified gaps in how third-party insurance compliance was tracked and managed. In 2009, she founded myCOI, a SaaS-based insurtech company that mitigates third-party risk, ensures insurance compliance and facilitates seamless business relationships. Under Kristen’s leadership and with funding from Elevate Ventures and angel investors, myCOI has thrived. Clients include Fortune 500 companies in construction, property management and municipalities. In 2018, myCOI relocated to downtown Indianapolis to support expansion plans. Since then, myCOI has grown to XX team members. A champion of big ideas and the people behind them, Kristen has received multiple honors, including IBJ’s 40 Under 40 Award in 2021 and Insurance Business America’s Young Gun Award. She is a winner in the 2017 Innovation Showcase pitch competition. In 2022, myCOI won the Mira Award for Exceptional Employer. Kristen is passionate about supporting women in technology, especially in Indianapolis. She has served on the boards of TechPoint and the Startup Ladies and as a panelist for the Elevate Venture Kinetic Conference and Disrupt Indy: Women in Tech. https://mycoitracking.com/
Matt Weirich is the Co-founder and CEO of Realync. Having founded Realync over 8 years ago, Matt is on a mission to make multifamily touring, leasing, and communication real, authentic, and transparent. With their video leasing solution, Realync has helped teams all across the US and UK increase their lead-to-lease conversion rates and decrease sales cycles. Realync partners with many of the nation’s largest property owners and managers and is actively being used in over 500K units.
“The Innovation Showcase in 2016 was a milestone event in the life of Realync. We had been pursuing a seed round of funding for quite some time, but it was at the Innovation Showcase where we met our eventual investors, including our lead investor that pulled the round together. Simply attending the Innovation Showcase was a worthwhile investment for us, but winning it was truly special and so important in helping Realync get to where it is today.”
Keynote: “Global Digital Transformation:
What It Is, Why It’s Important and What Startups Need to Know?”
Joanna Milliken is an international technology executive and growth-minded leader based in Indianapolis. She has worked for more than 20 years in marketing and technology, including as the first employee of tech startup, ExactTarget, where she scaled Sales, Service, and Product, seeing the company through IPO in 2012 and a $2.5B acquisition by Salesforce in 2013. Currently Joanna is CEO of Emarsys, a marketing automation software company acquired by SAP in 2020. She has worked at start up, scale up, and enterprise organizations, and isa volunteer, adviser, investor, and board member who is passionate about supporting promising people and companies. Joanna is a proud graduate of Indiana University and spends her free time cooking, kayaking, and with her two children.
J. Talyor is a husband, father of four, and a tech entrepreneur. He has worked 20 years in the software industry across product and marketing roles at ExactTarget, Salesforce, and Geofeedia and then founded Pattern89, a predictive creative AI platform sold to Shutterstock in 2021. Currently, R.J. is working on another AI start-up and serves as an Operating Partner at High Alpha, accelerating big software ideas to product-market fit. R. J. earned a BA from DePauw University, and a MFA from Purdue University and spends free time with his family, swimming, or pursuing a hobby of (very) amateur birdwatching.
Katie Birge is an associate and head of platform at M25, an early stage VC firm that invests in Midwest-headquartered companies. Katie’s previous work centered around tech-focused economic development and community building, including serving as the executive director at Launch Indy and the director of the Bloomington Technology Partnerships. Katie holds bachelors degrees from DePauw University and a masters degree in Telecommunications from Indiana University.
Jacob Schpok serves as Chief Entrepreneurship Officer at Elevate Ventures. His primary responsibility includes delivering world-class venture coaching and training to entrepreneurs through Elevate’s Entrepreneurs-in-Residence network and training programs. Before joining Elevate, Mr. Schpok co-founded two startups in the SaaS and logistics industries and worked in a senior leadership role for a telecommunications startup in Indianapolis. Mr. Schpok also has an extensive background in state government, where he served as State Director of the Indiana Small Business Development Center and Executive Director of the Indiana Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship.
Mike Hatfield is Chairman and Co-founder of Carium, a California-based virtual-health platform company. His focus in healthcare is to help make it more personalized yielding better outcomes.
He has co-founded three other successful tech ventures over the past 20+ years; Cerent, Calix and Cyan. He brings together new technologies in innovative ways to help transform industries.
Mike holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Mathematical Economics from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and an M.B.A. in Finance from Indiana University. He is a native Hoosier who currently resides in Northern California.
“Where Capital Meets Innovation”
In order to bring 21 highly qualified entrepreneurial companies to our Innovation Showcase, we connected with over 20 Indiana Venture Investors to ask for nominations from their portfolio of companies.
2022 Nominated Companies
Peak Mind, LLC
Razor Medical Instruments
The Fans Place
Zero Carb Lyfe
Criteria for Nomination
Nominating Indiana Investors
Purdue Ventures / Foundry