Venture Forum Agenda

8:00 – 9:00 AM Registration
9:00 – 9:15 AM

Welcoming Remark
  • Brad Burke, Managing Director, Rice Alliance
   Walter Ulrich, President and CEO, Houston Technology Center

9:15 – 9:45 AM

Morning Keynote
  • Blair Garrou, Managing Director, Mercury Fund

9:45 – 10:30 AM Company Presentations
10:30 – 11:00 AM Networking Break
11:00 – 12:00 PM Company Presentations
12:00 – 1:00 PM Lunch and Networking
1:00 – 1:15 PM

Afternoon Remarks and Introductions
  • Brad Burke, Managing Director, Rice Alliance
  • Kirk Coburn, Managing Director, Surge Accelerator

1:15 – 2:40 PM Company Presentations
3:00 – 3:15 PM Networking Break
3:15 – 4:15 PM Company Presentations
4:15 – 4:45 PM

Afternoon Keynote
  • Kerry Rupp, Managing Partner, DreamIt Ventures

4:45 – 5:00 PM Closing remarks and final announcements
  • Steven Gonzalez, Deputy, Strategic Analysis and Integration Office, NASA/Johnson Space Center
  • Brad Burke, Managing Director, Rice Alliance 
5:00 – 6:30 PM Company Showcase and Networking Reception
Event Information Title

10th Annual IT and Web Venture Forum
Thursday, December 6, 2012
8:00 am - 6:30 pm
McNair Hall, Rice University

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Quick Facts
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Company Spotlight
  • Tympanogen (2016) takes research to new heights aboard the International Space Station 
  • Acquired by Home Depot, Black Locus (2011) serves as the Innovation Hub for the retail giant
  • Making a spectacular exit, Auditude (2005) is sold to Adobe for $110M 
  • Dynamics (2009): designing & manufacturing battery powered, interactive credit cards
  • Adhesys Medical (2014) wins big at the 2016 MassChallenge 
  • From Malta to London & New York to Shanghai, essDOCS' (2004) paperless trading platform powers international shipping
  • A76 (2015), developing anti-corrosion coatings and lubricants, rebrands as Aidant Brands
  • Neopenda (2016): finalist at the 2016 SXSW Startup Showcase  
  • SiNode Systems (2013): collaborating with the Argonne National Laboratory to build better batteries
  • Soko (SasaAfrica, 2012) chats with Forbes about fashion-tech 
  • Allyson Sawyer, a woman succeeding in the energy space with Rebellion Photonics (2010) 
  • Polytorx(2003) Helix Steel reinforces the underground tunnels linking the Long Island Railroad to Grand Central Station
  • Broadway & baseball, Qcue (2008) provides dynamic ticket pricing for events across the continent
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