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5/6 State of Blockchain Investor Panel + Startup Pitches (On Zoom)

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Our Blockchain Panel of VC investors and industry experts will discuss how the coronavirus impacts their investing and the overall impact of the outbreak on the future of the blockchain industry. Our panelists will come from several industries especially pertinent in the coronavirus environment such as:

  • healthcare 
  • supply chain
  • grocery and food
  • others

Blockchain Startup Pitch
Are you a blockchain startup looking to pitch your company in front of an audience and panel of expert VC and Angel judges? This is your chance. Meet, field questions, and get immediate feedback from investors. Our judges will come from the blockchain industry with backgrounds in the industries especially pertinent in the coronavirus environment such as healthcare, supply chain, grocery, etc. 

This event will have a special focus on Fintech startups, with 5-7 slots available for fintech startups. 

Who Should Apply? 
We have several (5-7) spots available for innovative tech startups. Apply today for a chance to present your venture on stage! Applications are open until May 1 (Friday 11:59PM PST)  - click here to apply!

Application Link:

Not part of a startup?
Get tickets and join us! Pitch Your Startup Event is a great networking and learning opportunity.

Want to Judge?
Are you an Investor or Seasoned Exec looking to invest or increase your deal flow in deep tech and innovative tech startups? Want to know elite or up-and-coming founders or other high achievers to grow your personal network? Apply today for a chance to preside as a judge in one of our monthly exclusive pitch events. 

Application Link:

2:15pm PST - 2:20pm PST: Opening Remarks
2:20pm PST - 3:05pm PST: State of Blockchain VC Panel

  • Dr. Sean Manion, Ph.D - Chief Scientific Officer, ConsenSys Health; Author with Yael Bizouati-Kennedy, Blockchain for Medical Research: Acccelerating Trust in Healthcare; Chief Editor - Blockchain for Science, Frontiers; Chair - Research Subgroup; Blockchain/DLT for Healthcare and Life Sciences, IEEE Standards Association; Co-Founder, Science Distributed

  • David Ellington - Founder, Executive Chairman, Silicon Valley Blockchain Society (SVBS); Founder, Managing Partner, Emory Capital Group

    David Ellington is Founder & Executive Chairman of the Silicon Valley Blockchain Society (SVBS). SVBS is a global, invite-only, private, member-driven ecosystem supporting blockchain, AI, digital health, and fintech related projects across industries and for social impact. SVBS members are active investors primarily in technology. The SVBS mission is three words: "Fund the Revolution."

    Mr. Ellington is an attorney, entrepreneur, advisor and a Managing Partner @ Emory Capital Group (ECG).

    Mr. Ellington was a Trustee and Commissioner on the San Francisco Employees' Retirement System (SFERS) Board. SFERS is the fifth largest pension fund in the State of California (No. 74 in the US). At that time, the SFERS Board had oversight of approxiamately US$20 Billion. Mr. Ellington was Board President; Chair, Investments Committee, (Alternatives); member, Investments Committee; Chair, Governance Committee; member, Governance Committee and member, Finance Committee. Mr. Ellington was first appointed to the Board by San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown and then re-appointed to a second term by succeeding Mayor Gavin Newsom, now Govenor of California.

  • Li Gong - Partner, Director of Investor Relations, Youbi Capital; Global Investment Advisor, Hashkey Capital; Deputy Secretary General, NACSAE

    Dr. Manion is a neuroscientist with two decades of federal research and administration experience. He is the Chief Scientific Officer of ConsenSys Health, a new spin off of parent company ConsenSys AG, and is co-founder of Science Distributed, a non-profit focused on bring blockchain to science. He has recently published a new book Blockchain for Medical Research: Accelerating Trust in Healthcare with co-author and journalist Yael Bizouati-Kennedy and publisher Taylor & Francis/CRC Press as part of their HIMSS Series of books.

    Sean co-founded and serves as a Specialty Chief Editor for the open access, peer-reviewed journal Blockchain for Science published by Frontiers where he has co-authored the article, “Blockchain Compliance by Design: Regulatory Considerations for Blockchain in Clinical Research.” He is a Fellow of the non-profit British Blockchain Association (BBA) and a health and life sciences editor for the review board of their Journal of the BBBA. He is an ad hoc reviewer for the blockchain journal Ledger. Dr. Manion is author of the chapter, “Advancing Health Research with Blockchain” in the HIMSS Series textbook, Blockchain in Healthcare: Innovations that Empower Patients, Connect
    Professionals and Improve Care (2019, CRC Press) and serves on the HIMSS Blockchain Task Force.

    He is a co-founder of Blockchain in Healthcare Global, a 501 (c)(6) under the IEEE International Standards & Technology Organization, and he is a member of the IEEE Standards Association working group for Blockchain in Healthcare & Life Sciences (p2418.6). He educates and regularly speaks to government, academic, and industry audiences on the topics of scientific research, evidence-based health, regulatory navigation, organizational change, and emerging technology.

  • Maya Kanehara, Moderator - Managing Director, SSI Incubator; Former Vice President of Business Development, Incubator Programs, Sovrin Foundation; Mentor, 500 Startups; Mentor, Alchemist Accelerator; Events Committee, Women in Security and Privacy 

    Maya Kanehara is a facilitator, executor, and mentor. She is passionate about innovative technologies and services that transform lives. She has over 15 years of experience in product development for tech companies like Twitter, Apple, and Autodesk. Prior to her current role as a Managing Director at SSI Incubator, she was a VP of Growth and Development at Digital Garage US, where she strengthened and maintained a centralized business development process for existing and new portfolio companies and partners for investment teams. Maya mentors early stage startups at 500 startups, Alchemist Accelerator, and Orange Fab.

3:05pm PST - 3:35pm PST: Pitch Your Blockchain Startup to VCs & Angels

*Our Panelists will judge the pitching startups.


Venue: Zoom

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Type: Event

Vendor: Epic Events