The 2016 Impact Global Venture Summit took place on the floor of the brand new Golden 1 Center in Sacramento California. The “ignite” session of the day featured 50 startups in a trade show environment.
The “accelerate” portion of the day featured 19 startups, including 6 from the AT&T aspire accelerator, pitching on a 360-degree stage to an arena full of investors, entrepreneurs, corporate innovators, and students. Presenting companies included:
Following the presentations, General Partner Dixon Doll gave a keynote address focused on Venture Capital Ecosystems around the world. Doll had just returned from keynotes in Tokyo and Berlin. He noted attributes that make a great entrepreneur include: a passion for winning, integrity, a positive attitude, self-confidence and being a deliberate listener.
The night concluded with two great panels. The first, moderated by Impact General Partner Eric Ball, keyed on the “The Rise of Global Corporate Venture Capital.” The panelists included corporate executives Chris Hendricks (McClatchy), Eric Johannessen (VSP Global), Gayathri Radhakrishan (Dell), Ruth Yomtoubian (AT&T), and Meredith Finn (Salesforce Ventures).
The second panel was moderated by University of the Pacific Professor of Entrepreneurship Dan Wadhwani, and the panel featured four successful entrepreneurs, each of whom had successfully exited previous ventures. Entrepreneurs included: Gordie Campbell (Soft Machines), Hayes Barnard (Paramount Equity), Pam Marrone (Marrone Bio Innovations), and Yatish Mishra (Cornami). The panelists shared stories about the thrills and challenges of selling and/or taking public their companies.