October 16-17, 2019 // Southern Exchange @ 200 Peachtree

2019-10-16 12:00:00 2019-10-17 18:00:00 America/New_York Venture Atlanta Conference Southern Exchange Ballrooms at 200 Peachtree Venture Atlanta

Join more than 1,000 tech enthusiasts, entrepreneurs, premiere investors, and key executives from across the country at the 2019 Venture Atlanta Conference.

It all goes down on October 16-17, 2019 at Southern Exchange at 200 Peachtree located in the heart of downtown Atlanta. We will be back with great speakers and new opportunities for sponsors and attendees. We sell out every year — don’t wait to grab your tickets.


The countdown is on! Don't miss out on the event that everyone in the industry will be talking about. Register today to secure your spot before tickets sell out!



Aaron Levie | 2019

Keynote Speaker

Aaron Levie is Chief Executive Officer, Cofounder and Chairman at Box, which he launched in 2005 with CFO and cofounder Dylan Smith. He is the visionary behind the Box product and platform strategy, incorporating the best of secure content collaboration with an intuitive user experience suited to the way people work today. Aaron leads the company in its mission to transform the way people and businesses work so they can achieve their greatest ambitions. He has served on the Board of Directors since April 2005. Aaron attended the University of Southern California from 2003 to 2005 before leaving to found Box.

Aaron Levie VA Speaker

Marc Brown | 2019

Keynote Speaker

Marc Brown has been a member of Microsoft’s Corporate Development Group since joining the company in January 2000. Currently he is Corporate Vice President, Corporate Development overseeing Microsoft’s global M&A and strategic investment activities. During his Microsoft tenure he has led over 185 acquisitions with greater than $60 billion in consideration and 80+ strategic equity investments with over $2.5 billion of invested capital. He currently serves as a member of the board of directors of Rapid7 and SSB Info and was previously a board member of Perform Media Group plc. Prior to joining Microsoft, Marc practiced corporate law at Goodwin, Proctor in Boston; was a high school teacher and coach at both Deerfield Academy and Phillips Academy Andover; and an investment banker at UBS in New York. He holds a JD degree from Georgetown University Law Center, an MBA in finance from New York University and an AB in economics from Colgate University.

Murphy Clark | 2019

Keynote Speaker

Murphy Clark is the Executive Vice President of Corporate Strategy and M&A at Red Ventures, a portfolio of growing digital businesses that span multiple industries and help consumers seamlessly connect with the brands or services they need. Murphy joined the Red Ventures management team in November 2018, following 20+ years in investment banking and private equity. Before joining RV, Murphy held several leadership positions at Wells Fargo Securities’ investment bank and most recently helped run the firm’s middle market financial sponsor coverage and M&A / Equity Private Placements efforts. Prior to joining Wells Fargo Securities in 2005, Murphy spent nearly a decade in private equity focused on growth equity and late stage venture capital investments with TL Ventures, Kitty Hawk Capital, and GE Capital.  He began his investment banking career in Silicon Valley with Smith Barney's West Coast Technology group. Murphy earned a B.A. degree from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Following graduate school, Murphy was selected as a Kauffman Fellow.

Chris Hecht | 2019

Keynote Speaker

Chris Hecht has served as Head of Corporate Development at Atlassian since June 2018. Prior to joining Atlassian, Chris worked at Salesforce for nearly 5 years, where he led the M&A team. Before moving into corporate development, Chris worked in investment banking, focused on tech M&A. Chris has a Masters in Business Administration from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Bachelors of Arts in Economics from Colorado College.

James Loftus | 2019

Keynote Speaker

James Loftus leads Global Corporate Development efforts at Square. Prior to Square, he oversaw strategy, business development, and operations for all new media initiatives at STX Digital. Earlier, James was a Partner at Andreessen Horowitz where he advised companies on strategic planning, capital raising, business development, partnerships, and M&A; and a senior member of the M&A teams at Yahoo and Google. He began his career practicing corporate law in the Mergers and Acquisitions department of Shearman & Sterling in NYC.

Matt Schweickert | 2019

Keynote Speaker

Matt Schweickert is an Officer of The Home Depot and a member of the Finance Executive Leadership Team.  He is responsible for several enterprise-level roles (reporting to the Chairman & CEO) and currently serves as Chief Strategy Officer and Head of Strategic Business Development, the Head of Technology Finance & Strategy. and in an interim capacity as Chief Product & Experience Officer. Prior to joining The Home Depot in 2015, Matt spent twelve years at Experian PLC, a global information services company providing data & analytic tools to clients in more than 65 countries, where he served as Senior Vice President & Head of Corporate Development & Strategy for North America, Latin America and Asia-Pacific. Before that, he also worked in investment banking for Banc of America Securities and JP Morgan Chase’s M&A groups and was involved in numerous successful M&A and fund-raising transactions including the purchase of the Atlanta Falcons NFL team by Arthur Blank and the relocation of the Charlotte Hornets NBA team to New Orleans, LA. Matt earned Bachelor of Science degrees in Finance and International Economics from Babson College and Cambridge University, and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and currently resides in Atlanta, GA with his wife, Nichole, and three children.

Seksom Suriyapa | 2019

Keynote Speaker

Seksom Suriyapa is the VP, Corporate Development and Strategy at Twitter. He leads a team responsible for driving global corporate strategy, M&A, strategic investment and integration. His experience ranges across Consumer Internet and Cloud-focused enterprise companies, from early stage startup to mature segment leaders, and he has served at the C-level in strategic, financial and operational roles. Seksom thrives within Founder-led companies, serving iconic segment leaders such as Twitter, SuccessFactors, and Akamai, where he has driven strategic execution at critical inflection points. At SuccessFactors, he was a key leadership team member during the company’s journey from ~$100m-$1 billion in revenues, and sale to SAP. At Akamai, he was a key driver of the CDN leader’s move into cybersecurity. Seksom began his career as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs and later, Morgan Stanley. He has collaborated with leading venture funds, including as an EIR at Mayfield Fund, and is actively sought as a board member, advisor, and investor in privare companies. Mr. Suriyapa holds a JD from Stanford Law School, an MBA from INSEAD Business School, and a BA from Williams College.

Stephanie Cohen | 2019

Keynote Speaker

Stephanie Cohen is Goldman Sachs’ Chief Strategy Officer, an Ex Officio member of the Management Committee, and a member of the Partnership Committee. In addition to running strategy and M&A for the firm, Ms. Cohen leads Firmwide initiatives like Launch With GS, a $500m commitment to narrow the investing gap for women, and GS Accelerate, Sachs’ in-house innovation engine. Ms. Cohen has been recognized as one of Crain’s 2019 Most Powerful Women, Fortune’s 40 Under 40, and American Banker’s Most Powerful Women in Finance. Outside of work, Ms. Cohen is an advocate for education and literacy; she serves on the National Board of Directors of CollegeSpring and as a member of the Board of

Philip Kirk | 2019

Keynote Speaker

Philip Kirk is a Senior Director in the Corporate Development Group at Cisco, responsible for Acquisitions and Venture Investments. Philip leads a team responsible for Collaboration, Cloud & Analytics software and also has responsibility for all of the team’s Corporate Development and venture investment activities in EMEA. Philip has been with the team for over 10 years and has led numerous small and large acquisitions for Cisco, including the $3.7B acquisition of AppDynamics. As a strategic investor, Philip works with portfolio companies including Puppet, Turbonomics, Moogsoft, and Kustomer, among others. Philip earned an undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Chicago and an MBA from The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania.


For your convenience, we have negotiated room blocks at two nearby hotels from Tuesday, October 15 through Thursday, October 17. The rooms will fill up quickly, so we recommend that you make your reservation far in advance. Please use the booking information below.

181 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30303


Discounted Group Rate:

$229 per night


Reservation Method:

Guests can reserve online by selecting appropriate dates, using promo code VNAVNAA and clicking "find" to complete the reservation process or simply call 1-800-241-3333 and reference the Venture Atlanta Room Block.

210 Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30303

Discounted Group Rate:

$219 per night


Reservation Method:

Guests can reserve online or simply call 1-800-937-8461 and reference the Venture Atlanta Room Block

176 Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30303

Discounted Group Rate:

$179 per night


Reservation Method:

Guests can reserve online.


Monday, October 14th

  • 4:00pm

    Techstars Atlanta Demo Day: Doors Open

    RSVP is necessary:

    The Tabernacle
    152 Luckie Street,
    Atlanta, GA

  • 5:00pm - 7:00pm

    Techstars Atlanta Demo Day

    RSVP is necessary:

    The Tabernacle
    152 Luckie Street,
    Atlanta, GA

Tuesday, October 15th

  • 3:00pm - 6:00pm

    ENGAGE Event 
    Invitation Only

  • 6:00pm - 9:30pm

    Venture Atlanta Alumni Dinner
    Invitation Only

Wednesday, October 16th

  • 8:00am

    Registration open for Entrepreneur and Investor Breakfast
    200 Peachtree (various locations)
    Invite Only

  • 8:30am – 10:30am

    Entrepreneur and Investor Only Breakfast
    200 Peachtree (various locations)

  • 9:30am

    Registration and Exhibit Hall opens for All Conference Attendees
    200 Peachtree (various locations)

  • 11:00am

    Conference Welcome
    200 Peachtree (various locations)

  • 11:15am - 12:00pm

    200 Peachtree (various locations)

  • 12:10pm - 1:05pm

    Lunch and Networking
    200 Peachtree (various locations)

  • 1:15pm - 2:15pm

    Company Presentations - Early Stage
    200 Peachtree (various locations)

  • 2:15pm - 2:35pm

    Networking Break
    200 Peachtree (various locations)

  • 2:40pm - 3:40pm

    Company Presentations - Growth Stage
    200 Peachtree (various locations)

  • 3:50pm - 4:35pm

    200 Peachtree (various locations)

  • 4:45pm - 6:30pm

    Showcase and Cocktail Party
    200 Peachtree (various locations)

  • 7:00pm - 9:30pm

    Venture Atlanta Investor Dinner
    Invitation Only

  • 9:30pm - 11:00pm

    After Party
    Invitation Only

Thursday, October 17th

  • 7:30am

    Registration and Exhibit Hall Open for All Attendees

  • 9:00am

    Day 2 Open

  • 9:05am - 10:30am


  • 10:35am - 11:10am


  • 11:15am - 12:00pm

    Early and Venture Stage Company Session

  • 12:00pm - 12:45pm

    Break for Lunch

  • 12:45pm - 1:30pm


  • 1:30pm

    Closing Remarks

We had more companies apply to pitch than ever before. We are proud to present the 2019 Presenting and Showcase companies.


How do I register multiple people?

You may register more than one person at one time. Simply register one main contact and then as many guests as you’d like. This will allow you to input your billing and credit card information only once. All major credit cards are accepted at the time of registration. There is no option to pay by check online. Please note that you will see the payment on your credit card as STRIPE – Venture Atlanta. Please do not refute this charge.

Can I cancel my registration?

Due to pre-registration costs and guarantees, refunds or credits are not extended for this event.  However, registrations are transferable. On the day of the event, the substitute attendee must present a copy of the registration receipt or email verification to be admitted to the event.

Can I register the day of the event?

If space is available, we will allow walk–up registrations. The price will be $795 with no exceptions (so try to get your tickets early!). If a discounted price was given out for this event, it is no longer valid by the day of the event.

Can I register for a one day pass or for one section of the event?

No, we do not sell partial tickets.

What type of payment do you accept for Venture Atlanta registration?

We accept all major credit cards (MasterCard, VISA and AMEX), checks are not accepted. Please note that we use STRIPE as our payment processor.

Who do I contact if I have a question or problem during registration?

Contact Allyson Eman at 770-298-4202

Do you have a block of rooms at a hotel nearby for the event?

Yes, simply refer to the Hotel Information section for blocks at the Ritz Carlton Downtown Atlanta, The Westin Peachtree Plaza, and Ellis Hotel. These are small blocks and once they are full, we can provide other nearby hotels for your convenience.

How do I receive access to your mobile app?

You will set up a profile for the mobile app as part of your registration process. You will then receive automatic access to our mobile app and will receive email confirmation when the app is live and ready to go.