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May 2021

Women Who Invest Forum | The Fix: Women Transforming Venture Capital

May 19 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm PDT
Free

It’s no secret that women and persons of color are underrepresented in the venture capital ecosystem. Less than 3% of VC funding go to women-led startups, only 1% of VC-backed founders are Black, and less than 2% are Latinx. And it doesn’t stop there- the diversity issue for VC’s is no better. Join us at our kickoff event in our Women Who Invest Forum where our panel will discuss the changes needed to drive the transformation of investing structures to…

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Office Hours with Avanta Ventures: Focus on Fintech & Insurtech Startups

May 21 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm PDT

When: Friday, May 21, 2021 - please be sure to select a time slot to meet the investor in the application. Where: Via Zoom Pitch nights and networking mixers are fun, for sure—but sometimes what entrepreneurs really need is an informal AMA with a VC. That’s why we're proud to partner with Avanta Ventures on a series of virtual Office Hours sessions in each of Avanta’s investment verticals.   HOW IT WORKS We will select six early-stage startups. Each startup founder will…

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Startup & Venture Capital Club Series — Security Alert: Data Privacy & Protecting Your Startup

May 27 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am PDT
Free

In an age of infinite innovation and digital transformation, protecting your data is critical- and regulations for protecting the privacy of data continues to evolve. Failing to protect privacy or provide sufficient data security can result in dire consequences to your company, including theft or loss of intellectual property, identity theft, regulatory penalties and compliance agreements, and more. Please join us as our speakers discuss the ever-evolving developments in privacy and data security, identifying the biggest risks startups face both…

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June 2021

The Inclusive Leadership Forum Presents: How Women of Color are Reimagining the Future of Work

June 10 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm PDT
Free

This past year has seen an unprecedented number of women of color leaving the technology workplace, and many more are considering leaving their jobs or downshifting their careers by the end of 2021. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Black, Latinx, and Asian women accounted for all of women’s job losses last December, with over 150,000 Black women dropping out of the labor force entirely. Many of these women felt the increasing burden of unpaid care- including cooking,…

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Startup & Venture Capital Club Series — The Essentials: Your Marketing & Brand Strategy

June 24 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am PDT
Free

Your startup’s value proposition and product are key to your company’s success, making branding and marketing even more important as your company grows. Building a brand and marketing strategy is a process, so where do you start? In this session, our expert speaker will discuss branding basics, why it is important, and how to market your startup—from developing a strategy and connecting with your audience to measuring your success. Whether your goal is to raise your startup’s brand awareness or…

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July 2021

Unstoppable: The Future of Biotech & Digital Health Investing

July 15 @ 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm PDT
Free

COVID-19 has ignited biotech and digital health investment activity – from telemedicine to drug trial technology to precision genomics. In 2020, biotech IPO’s continued to pique investor interest and venture capital fundraising in healthcare reached record levels - and 2021 shows no sign of abating. According to Crunchbase, there has been $4.1B+ in health-related investment deals this year to date. While the pandemic has accelerated new innovations that are disrupting healthcare, the pace of change will continue well into the…

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August 2021

2021 Seeds of Our Future: The Flight of the Honeybees

August 18 @ 8:30 am - August 19 @ 1:30 pm PDT
Free

AgTech Enthusiasts, This One is For You! A 2-Day Virtual Ag Tech Conference, This August!  Globally, honeybees are the largest pollinator of food crops- and innovations in AI, robotics, sensors, and data are being leveraged to address the important issue of the declining bee population. This year, in advance of World Honeybee Day, we will bring together industry players, and the AgTech community from across the globe for a 2-Day Virtual Conference on August 18 & 19th to share their…

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Startup & Venture Capital Club Series: The Power of Partnering with Enterprise Companies

August 26 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am PDT
Free

In order to keep pace with the accelerating rate of innovation, enterprise companies are developing partnerships and collaborating with startups. If your startup isn’t taking advantage of a corporate partnership, you could be missing out on valuable growth opportunities. From one day to the next you can watch your reach and resources expand exponentially. What should founders consider when entering into a partnership with an enterprise company? How do you go about finding a potential corporate partner? In this webinar,…

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September 2021

Virtual Startup Pitch Event with Avanta Ventures – Featuring Mobility Startups

September 1 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm PDT
Free

Featuring Founders Disrupting the Autonomous/Electric Ecosystem Tune in to hear about the latest innovation happening in the mobility industry! We are excited to join forces with our partners at Avanta Ventures for an exciting virtual pitch event focused on the mobility industry! We've invited five early stage startups to give a 5-min pitch to investors and industry leaders. Each of the startups will then receive feedback and a round of Q&A on their company, product, team, strategy, and more. Pull up a virtual chair and…

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Startup & Venture Capital Club: Let’s Talk Finance & Taxes — What Every Startup Needs to Know

September 9 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am PDT
Free

Hopkins & Carley attorneys will discuss significant tax issues facing start-up companies and strategic tax planning for the business. Topics will include entity formation and the tax consequences of selecting an entity, equity incentive compensation, the benefits of qualified small business stock (QSBS), and Section 409A valuations. They will also discuss pitfalls related to payroll and sales tax issues, M&A planning and tax issues on dissolution. MEET THE HOST: Denyse Cardozo — Executive Director, Silicon Valley Forum MEET THE SPEAKERS:…

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