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Corporate Startup Interface


What does it take for a startup/corporate partnership to be successful? 

Innovative startups provide unique solutions to problems that could benefit corporations in ways that are beyond just making profits.

A significant challenge for most startups, on the other hand, is finding their first customer, proving the value of their product or service, and finding funding.
What are the best practices that enable both sides to overcome surmountable obstacles and achieve the potential mutual benefits?
There are several examples of this in our region.  Join us to hear success stories, insights, and lessons learnt from a panel of local executives at leading corporations and successful startup entrepreneurs …


  • Ways a startup could benefit the corporation
  • How do you structure these relationships?
  • What are the pillars of alignment between a corporate organization and startup partners?
  • How to sustain these relations long-term

5:30 PM: Networking & Appetizers
6:15 PM: Introductions
6:30 PM: Panel Discussion
7:30 PM: Q & A
7:45 PM: Networking

Food by:  Chef David Carmine

Moderator: Raul Valdes-Perez,  CEO & Co-Founder, OnlyBoth.  Raul co-founded OnlyBoth with Andre Lessa in 2014 and is CEO. OnlyBoth has introduced a Benchmarking Engine which enables vendors to provide comprehensive, automated benchmarking services to their end customers, using their solutions data and our artificial intelligence.  Raul also co-founded Vivisimo in 2000 and was CEO and Chairman for nine years until recruiting a new leadership team in 2009. He remained as Executive Chairman until the acquisition by IBM in 2012.

Corporate Panelists:


  • Sneh Kumar: Business Technology Leader Building & Construction Systems, Arconic Technology Center. Arconic solves complex engineering challenges to transform the way people fly, drive, build and power through advanced materials and technologies. Sneh is responsible for the planning and execution of technology portfolio for Arconic’s Global Building and Construction (B&C) market. He works with a network of internal and external partners to deliver product and process technology solutions for B&C market.
  • Patrick WelshRegTech Lead, PwC FinTech. PwC offers a seamless end-to-end services portfolio to help financial incumbents to leverage FinTech trends and convert threats into opportunities. Patrick co-leads the RegTech practice at PwC where he works with clients to identify and test emerging tech and RegTech startups to transform their risk and compliance operating models. Prior to this role he was a founding member of PwC’s FinTech practice which started as an internal startup with four people and has now scaled globally.
  • Manish Sinha,  CTO, ANSYS. ANSYS is the global leader in engineering simulation. They help the world’s most innovative companies deliver radically better products to their customers. By offering the best and broadest portfolio of engineering simulation software, ANSYS helps solve the most complex design challenges and engineer products limited only by imagination. Manish is an award winning CIO with global and multi industry experience.


Startup Panelists:


  • Glenn PhilenCEO, Carbon Freight. Carbon Freight builds innovative air cargo equipment that saves fuel in the air and makes ground operations more efficient.  They work with their customers to provide innovative turn-key and custom solutions for their business. Their Forkliftable Build-up Platform (FBP), is a new kind of pallet that enhances cargo handling operations so you can get more done with less. Glenn is a Chief Executive Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the airlines/aviation industry. He is skilled in Engineering and Technical Management.
  • Hallie DumontCo-Founder, Module. Module designs  homes for the space you need, when you need it.  Their homes start modestly but can grow as the needs grow.  Gone are the days of homes that don’t adapt with your changing demands. Whatever life throws your way—a job promotion, a growing family, or maybe you decide to pick up another hobby, there are expandable upgrades built in to their houses that create more space to meet those emerging needs. Hallie leads the architectural design and directs the construction and development of Module’s incremental housing technology.
  • Vivek KulkarniCEO, ARIN Technologies. ARIN Technologies builds high accuracy location capabilities to work in GPS denied environments such as warehouses and large facilities.  Their solution is cloud based which makes it easy to implement.  Applications are in procedural compliance and workforce management, asset tracking and supply chain management and improving productivity, safety and security. Vivek specializes in leading global software teams and building partnerships.

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