Startup Acceleration Forum

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Startup Acceleration Forum

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The nation's most innovative startup founders joined together for 48 hours of inspiration and insight, networking and learning, and proven strategies to help their companies grow.


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Topics Discussed

  • Critical Startup Wisdom: Recent Lessons From Those Who Have “Been There, Done That”
  • Fighting The Never Ending Culture And Morale Battle
  • Straight Talk: Fundraising Strategies for 2017 & Beyond
  • New Must-Have Technology For Your Startup
  • Startup Advice From Fellow Founders: Small-Group Troubleshooting

Startup Acceleration Forum Partners Included

Startup Mentors, Speakers & Attendees Included

  • KATHRYN ARNOLD (Evolution at Sea), Founder and Chief Executive Officer
  • KELSEY DOOREY (Vow To Be Chic), Chief Executive Officer and Founder
  • JESSE DRAPER (Halogen Ventures), Founding Partner
  • BRANT COOPER (Moves the Needle), Chief Executive Officer
  • MATT MUNSON (Twenty20), Chief Executive Officer
  • KATIE WARNER JOHNSON (Carbon38), Chief Executive Officer and Founder
  • CHRIS LESTER (CHIEF), Principal and Chief Creative Officer
  • LEE FOX (PeerSpring), Founder and Chief Executive Officer
  • HEATHER MASON (Caspian Agency), Chief Executive Officer and Founder
  • AVIV GRILL (Soapbox TV), Chief Executive Officer
  • ASH KUMRA (Youngry), Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder
  • ADAM MOSAM (Pivotshare), Chief Executive Officer
  • AKASH MALHOTRA (Eventable), Co-Founder and President
  • TIM KEOUGH (WythMe), Founder and Chief Executive Officer and (Sympli), Chief Executive Officer
  • YIANNIS GIOKAS (PCCW Global), Vice President, Research & Development
  • SHEENA ALLEN (CapWay), Founder and Chief Executive Officer
  • MANPREET SINGH (TalkLocal), Founder
  • PATRICK MATOS (CareLulu, Inc.), Founder and Chief Executive Officer
  • FRANK TAYLOR (RESTIN), Chief Executive Officer
  • DANIEL BIENE (Smartlaw & Legalbase), Founder
  • WILLY OGORZALY (JustLegal), Chief Executive Officer
  • GRANT ELLIOTT (Ostendio, Inc.), Chief Executive Officer
  • ZACH MARION (Zemma Productions, Inc.), Director
  • JOE BELSTERLING (MajorClarity), Chief Executive Officer
  • STEVE BEAUREGARD (Bloq, Inc.), Chief Revenue Officer
  • TRACY STAYTON (4tunate), Founder
  • EIRINI SCHLOSSER (Chuz), Founder and Chief Executive Officer
  • CASSIE BETTS (District2.Co), Founder and Chief Executive Officer
  • SAM BETESH (BrandPlug), Founder and Chief Executive Officer
  • KATERINA AXELSSON (Bottlefly, Inc.), Founder and Chief Executive Officer
  • MIKE TRIONFO (Homie), Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer
  • KATIE TALATI (Crowdfunder, Inc.), Head of Investor Relations
  • SIMON BOGDANOWICZ (LaunchTeam), Co-Founder
  • MATTHEW LOPEZ (Virtual Trust), Chief Executive Officer and Founder
  • REBECCA KLAUBER RICHTER (Helpr), President
  • PETER FRIIS (PR Volt), Chief Executive Officer and Founder
  • ERIK RANNALA (Mucker Capital), Founder
  • DELILAH PANIO (Stiletto Dash Inc.), Founder and Chief Executive Officer
  • ERIC JACKSON (CapLinked), Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
  • DAVID BERMAN (Zoom), President
  • RONAN DUNLOP (Pivotal), Director of Marketing
  • NIRANJAN KUMAR (MyClo), Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
  • MICHAEL LAIKEN (Parent Planet), Founder and Chief Executive Officer
  • COOPER HARRIS (Klickly), Chief Executive Officer
  • NATHAN BECKORD (, Chief Executive Officer
  • JANINE DAVIS (JLD Coaching), Executive Coach
  • HARTEJ SAWHNEY (Zuldi), Co-Founder
  • ROBYN WARD (FounderForward), Chief Executive Officer
  • MAX SILVERMAN (Seed&Spark), Chief Product Officer
  • BRIAN LOWRY (Silicon Valley Bank), Vice President II
  • BRANDON SOWERS (inklocker), Chief Executive Officer
  • CORAL CHUNG (SENREVE), Founder and Chief Executive Officer
  • FRAN DUNAWAY (TomboyX), Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder
  • ELTON LIN (ILUMIN Education), Chief Executive Officer
  • DAN PODSEDLY (Pivotal), Vice President and General Manager
  • ROSS HALE (Pivotal), Director
  • ALEX RUBALCAVA (Stage Venture Partners), Partner
  • SARAH LIN (EllieFunDay), Co-Founder, Chief Blankie Crafter
  • OLIN HYDE (LeadCrunch), Chief Executive Officer
  • JANET KRAUS (peach), Chief Executive Officer
  • SUZANNE ABATE (The Development Factory), Founder and (100 PMs), Host
  • GREG GOODMAN (Product Plan), Founder and Chief Executive Officer
  • DAVE SHANLEY (Notion), Founder and Chief Executive Officer
  • PRITY PATEL (Pivotal), Associate Director
  • SPENCER SHULEM (WeDo), Chief Product Officer
  • ALICIA ROCKMORE (Spark Actions), Founder and Chief Executive Officer
  • DENISE JIN (Floravere), Co-Founder
  • SAMANTHA URBAN (Urban Translations), Chief Executive Officer
  • MOLLY KANG (Floravere), Founder
  • HOUMAN AKHAVAN (Growth Rocket), Founder and Chief Operating Officer
  • GRETA MCANANY (Blue Fever), Chief Operating Officer
  • LAUREN TRACY (Blue Fever), Chief Executive Officer
  • TINA HAY (Napkin Finance), Chief Executive Officer
  • JONATHAN SMALLEY (Yaguara), Chief Executive Officer
  • SCOTTIE RYAN (TravelEnvy), Founder and Chief Executive Officer
  • MARY ANN MATTIELLO (Norman Seeff Photographic Archives), Founder and Chief Executive Officer
  • KARINA VILLANUEVA (Pivotal), Product Manager
  • TONY GRECO (Get Help), Chief Executive Officer
  • ANDREW BODIS (The Development Factory), Chief Technology Officer
  • LABINOT BYTY (Solaborate LLC), Founder and Chief Executive Officer
  • ADELIA CARRILLO (Direct Cannabis Network), Chief Executive Officer
  • JOHN HARADA (HOVR), Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder
  • KHALIL ZAHAR (Hykso), Chief Executive Officer
  • TOMMY DUQUETTE (Hykso), Head of Growth
  • MARCO FRANZONI (Lyvly), Chief Executive Officer and Founder
  • ROBERTA KUNG (GiftedTaste), Founder and Chief Executive Officer
  • TAYLOR CONROY (Journey), Co-Founder and Chief Adventurer
  • ENRIQUE URIBE (RiversideHAX), Partner
  • SHAWN WEHAN (Givsum), Chief Executive Officer
  • ROBERT KOLLAR (Givsum), Co-Founder
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Attendees Rave for the Startup Acceleration Forum

  • Every time I attend a Consero conference, I walk away with great conversation and new friends. It's one of the few conferences I go to for business and pleasure.
    Ben ​Congleton
  • Startup Acceleration was a tremendous experience. I was among a select group of inspiring founders and leaders who shared unique approaches to their startups and the successes and challenges they’ve experienced ... If you’re leading a startup, don’t miss this one—this group will inspire and move you forward in ways you can’t imagine.
    Chris Lester
  • Sometimes it’s helpful to get out of the echo chamber of the office and exchange ideas with others who are struggling (or have struggled) with the same issues in running a startup. Consero’s startup forum provides that opportunity. Many entrepreneurs will find that 48 hours away from the office is just what the doctor ordered and will find themselves energized upon their return.
    Jason Shrensky
    Complex Interests
  • I found the Consero Startup event incredibly valuable and a great investment of my time. As a first time entrepreneur to have the opportunity to learn from so many other entrepreneurs of varying experience levels was priceless. Just to know that what I had been going through was normal gave me huge encouragement, and I made a ton of great new connections.
    Grant Elliott
  • Being a part of a community where peers are working with their peers and going through the same challenges is extremely valuable. The largest payoff for me and my company were the discussions and dialog that continued even after the event was over.
    John Jabara
    Savenia Labs
  • The Startup Acceleration Forum is a great event for entrepreneurs interested in making impactful connections very quickly. The smaller size of the forum allows for real relationship-building and more meaningful conversations. Within days of the event, we landed a new customer and were invited to present at a conference thanks to new connections.
    Brewster Stanislaw
    Inside Social
  • I attended the first Consero startup event in Las Vegas. The group was a diverse set of startup entrepreneurs from a variety of industries and company stages. It gave me the chance to network outside of my normal startup circles and expand my network in many locations and industries. It was a really amazing experience overall and beneficial regardless of your startup stage, background, or industry!
    Paige Brown
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