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Join Us for the 17th Annual

Entrepreneurs  • Venture Capitalists  •  Ecosystem Partners

Join us in Downtown SD at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Wednesday September 25th, 2019

3:30pm — 10pm 

Demo Day

Ball Game

* VCs Only *

Thursday September 26th, 2019

7:30am — 12pm 

Breakfast w/ Companies

VC Speaker Sessions


Connect w/ San Diego Venture Group will host the 17th Annual Venture Summit.

Bringing together entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and eco-system partners to network, share updates on key venture industry topics, and mingle with 30+ of San Diego’s most exciting companies.


Thursday September 26th, 2019


Breakfast w/ Companies


VC Speaker Sessions


Keynote: Phil Black

Meet the Companies

    VC Speaker Sessions

       B I O  T R A C K

      Dispelling Venture Myths at the Intersection of Tech and Bio

      Alice Cheng

      Alice Cheng

      Upfront Ventures

      Alice joined Upfront in 2018, with a focus on biology and deep tech. Prior to joining Upfront, Alice spent two years at the Boston Consulting Group in San Francisco, where she advised enterprise technology and biopharma clients. Alice also supported business development and operations at the Rare Genomics Institute, a nonprofit connecting families in the rare disease space. Alice received her PhD in biomedical engineering from a joint program between the Georgia Institute of Technology, Emory University, and Peking University.

      A Venture Capitalist View of the Future of Biotechnology

      Mira Chaurushiya

      Mira Chaurushiya

      5AM Ventures

      Mira Chaurushiya, Ph.D. joined 5AM Ventures in 2015 as an Associate and was promoted to Principal in 2018. Dr. Chaurushiya joined from Genentech where she was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Physiological Chemistry studying mouse models of cancer and stem cells. Prior to Genentech, she completed her Ph.D. work at the Salk Institute, where she studied Herpes Simplex Virus infections and epigenetics. Her work has been published in Science and PNAS, among others. 

      Building a Biotech Company

      Carol Suh

      Carol Suh

      ARCH Venture Partners

      Carol is a Senior Associate with ARCH Venture Partners. Carol focuses on identifying and evaluating new life science technologies and also provides operating assistance to early-stage portfolio companies.  Carol is a stem cell biologist by training and combines her scientific expertise with experience on the business side of biotech. Prior to ARCH, Carol helped launch Magenta Therapeutics, a biotech company transforming the way bone marrow stem cell transplants are performed.

      T E C H  T R A C K  1

      Long-term opportunities in Industry Specific SaaS

      Michael Yang

      Michael Yang

      Investment Group of Santa Barbara

      Michael will discuss B2B SAAS. Investment Group of Santa Barbara (IGSB) is a private investment company and familyoffice focused on building world-class software businesses. We were founded in 1968 andhave never taken capital from outside investors. Over our 50+ year history we have builtmore than 30 companies as lead investors. IGSB makes direct investments in both privateand public companies emphasizing a concentrated portfolio and significant strategicinvolvement.rformed.

      Start Up vs. Scale Up

      Jack Freeman

      Jack Freeman

      Peakspan Capital

      Jack joined PeakSpan Capital in 2016. Prior to joining PeakSpan, Jack was a team member in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications Investment Banking Group at Macquarie Capital where he evaluated principal investing opportunities, provided M&A advisory services and worked on a number of capital markets transactions with growth-stage technology businesses. 

      The Global Tech Landscape & Current Trends in AI and Robotics

      Jay Zhao

      Jay Zhao

      T Fund

      As an entrepreneur-turned-VC, Jay has over 10 years of startup and venture capital experience and a proven track record of success. Jay currently manages T Fund, a global cross-border venture fund, and invests in tech companies across all stages. Jay was previously a senior director/partner at Walden Venture Capital, one of the pioneer venture capital firms in Silicon Valley.

      T E C H  T R A C K  2

      The Venture World in Tech Today

      Brentt Baltimore

      Brentt Baltimore

      Greycroft Ventures

      Prior to joining Greycroft, Brentt led business development at Operator Inc., a venture stage company in the conversational commerce space and worked on technology commercialization at Numenta Inc., an artificial intelligence research company. Brentt also worked at Detroit Venture Partners, where he led investment diligence and supported portfolio companies. Brentt started his career in investment banking at Credit Suisse in Los Angeles, focusing on leveraged buyouts and debt financing transactions.

      Why You Don’t Need to Move Your Startup to SF

      Susannah Duke

      Susannah Duke


      “Suz” is an associate on the Pelion investment team, Suz focuses on building Pelion’s sourcing pipeline, performing due diligence, and working with existing portfolio companies. Suz is passionate about investing in companies that will change the world as we know it today. She is focused in sourcing interesting deals within Vertical SaaS and Frontier Tech, and spends time researching companies within industries she believes are ready for disruption.

      Graduating From Seed? How to Nail Your Series A Fundraising Process

      Chirag Chotalia

      Chirag Chotalia


      Chirag is a partner at Threshold and invests in consumer-facing technology companies. He is on the board of directors of BentoBox and Loftium and is closely involved with Threshold’s investments in Front and LaunchDarkly.

      the Keynote

        Phil Black

        Co-founder of True Ventures

        Phil is an early stage venture capitalist and co-founder of True Ventures. He learned the venture trade and met his future True Ventures co-founder during his time at Summit Partners. He held general partner positions for eight years prior to raising and investing a small angel fund called Blacksmith Capital, which became a seminal moment in his career of managing venture fund investments.

        Phil believes in risk-taking at the earliest stage and that startup founders benefit most when they are supported fully, both professionally and personally.

        Thank you to our amazing event sponsors!

        Serving the Region's Small Business Community

        Funded in part through a Grant with the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development.

        Connect w/ SDVG is part of the San Diego & Imperial SBDC Network, serving entrepreneurs and small businesses with low to no-cost services to support business growth.

        Funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the US Small Business Administration.