10/20/21 - 10/21/21

Southern Exchange Ballrooms at 200 Peachtree

The 14th annual Venture Atlanta conference will be held 10/20/21 - 10/21/21. We are excited to share that the event will be held in-person but will also be offered digitally as well for those who wish to tune in virtually. We will take everything you love about our traditional in-person conferences and combine that with the highly-applauded production quality and innovation of last year’s virtual event.

Venture Atlanta COVID-19 Statement

With the number of COVID-19 cases rising due to the Delta variant, all attendees (to include venue staff and event staff) at Venture Atlanta are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or you must provide proof of a negative COVID test within 72 hours of attending this event. According to the current City of Atlanta mask mandate, masks are required at all times at Venture Atlanta. Vaccination cards or COVID-19 tests must be presented at registration before receiving a badge. This policy is subject to change and will be reviewed again as we move closer to our October event.

What to Expect

  • We will be limiting in-person attendance this year, so it’s more important than ever to get your tickets early! If we sell out our in-person event, you will still be able to purchase a virtual event ticket. See our “Virtual Event Pricing” section for more information.


  • All speaker content and company pitches will be viewable online, but there are some added benefits to attending in-person (including our popular breakfast sessions, VC panel, networking dinners, and more). Something to consider when deciding which ticket to buy!


  • In-person tickets will also come with access to the virtual platform. This will allow you to create your own experience and be in-person when you want to and be online when you want to. You will also have access to the platform for a full-year after the event so that you’re able to catch up on any pitches or speaker content that you may have missed live.

Hotel Blocks

The Westin Peachtree Plaza:

210 Peachtree St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303


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The Ritz-Carlton Atlanta:

181 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30303


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Courtyard by Marriott Atlanta Downtown:

133 Carnegie Way NW, Atlanta, GA 30303


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Ellis Hotel, Atlanta:

176 Peachtree St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303


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Keynote Speakers

Tope Awotona | Calendly CEO & Founder

Unicorn Panel Panelist 

Tope Awotona is the founder and CEO of Calendly, the fastest growing and global leader in meeting scheduling software. Calendly takes the back and forth out of scheduling meetings so everyone can accomplish more, and saves users over 100 emails per week.

Tope founded Calendly in 2013 after three other failed startups and spending an entire day trying to schedule one meeting. He knew there had to be a better way, so he raided his bank account and 401(k) to fund the company. Seven years later, more than 30 million customers across the globe, the majority of Fortune 500 companies, and nearly all companies in the SaaS 1000 use Calendly to schedule over 5 million meetings per month.

Prior to Calendly, Tope spent the majority of his career in enterprise software sales, working for companies such as IBM, Perceptive Software, and Dell Technologies. He grew up in Lagos, Nigeria and came to the US in 1996. Tope graduated from The University of Georgia with a degree in Management Information Systems, and currently resides in Atlanta and Palm Beach. When not fine-tuning and perfecting Calendly, he’s probably LOLing at a standup comedy club, occasionally showing up for CrossFit or dreaming about a tropical vacation.

Kabir Barday | OneTrust CEO, President, & Founder

Unicorn Panel Panelist

Kabir Barday is the Founder, President, and CEO of OneTrust. In five years, Kabir has grown the company into the #1 fastest growing company on the Inc. 500 and category-defining enterprise technology platform to operationalize trust. According to TCV, OneTrust is the fastest growing enterprise software company in history. OneTrust has largely pioneered the trust technology market, has been awarded 150 patents, and acquired 7 companies along the way.

OneTrust's mission is simple: Use technology to help organizations be more trusted, and turn trust into a competitive advantage. OneTrust has developed a Trust Cloud platform that helps organizations embed privacy, security, data governance, ethics, GRC, and ESG into their culture and operations. Today, OneTrust is used by more than 10,000 companies, both big and small, including over half of the Fortune 500. OneTrust employs 2,000 people in 13 global offices across North America, South America, Asia, Europe, and Australia.

OneTrust has raised $920 million funding round a $5.3 billion valuation from investors Insight Partners, Coatue, TCV, SoftBank Vision Fund 2, and Franklin Templeton.

Kabir oversees all aspects of OneTrust’s product development, operations, and sales internationally. Kabir holds a Fellow of Information Privacy with the IAPP, the highest designation of a privacy professional, and sits on the advisory boards for the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF), the Center of Information Policy Leadership (CIPL), The International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), and Shared Assessments (known for the SIG third-party risk standard). He has spoken at hundreds of leading industry events globally including Gartner Symposium, Gartner Security & Risk, IAPP Global Privacy Summit, RSA Conference and Infosecurity Europe.

In 2019, Kabir received the National EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award and was named a Most Admired CEO by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. In 2020, with a 48,337% three-year growth rate, OneTrust was named the #1 fastest growing company in America on the Inc. 500.

He holds a B.S. in Computer Science with a certificate in Entrepreneurship from Georgia Institute of Technology. As an Eagle Scout, Kabir has an appreciation for the outdoors, and is also passionate about giving back through the Aga Khan Foundation in their mission to end global poverty.

Eric Boduch | Pendo Co-Founder

Unicorn Panel Panelist

Eric Boduch is an experienced executive, investor and serial entrepreneur, who co-founded and serves as an advisor to Pendo in addition to launching his own venture studio. Prior to Pendo, Eric served as CEO of Brainstorm SMS Technologies LLC (dba SMaSh, Inc.), and in marketing and product marketing leadership roles at Vitria Technology Inc. and Embarcadero Technologies. Earlier in his career, Eric co-founded Pittsburgh-based Cerebellum Software in 1995, serving as its CEO through 2001. He then founded ProductSoft, Inc. Eric has been recognized as an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist for western Pennsylvania and was the recipient of the Carnegie Mellon University Entrepreneur of the Year award in 1996. A proud CMU alum, he holds a bachelor of science degree from The School of Computer Engineering and is a graduate of its Executive Management Program. Eric also hosts the Product Love podcast, which explores the evolving craft of product management through interviews with product leaders from around the world.

Tim Sheehan | Greenlight CEO & Co-Founder

Unicorn Panel Panelist

Tim Sheehan is the co-founder and CEO of Greenlight, an Atlanta-based fintech company committed to empowering parents to raise financially-smart kids. Greenlight is the leader of the family finance category as the comprehensive, all-in-one money management platform purpose-built for families.

Prior to Greenlight, Tim was the Lead Entrepreneur In Residence at Georgia Tech’s startup incubator, the Advanced Technology Development Center. Earlier in Tim’s career, he led Yahoo! Finance, which became the #1 finance site in the world. Tim also served as SVP Products, Marketing and Strategy at Fiserv, General Manager of Yodlee (acquired by Envestnet), Co-Founder of Attributor (acquired by Digimarc), Senior Manager at E*Trade (acquired by Morgan Stanley) and Senior Producer for at Starwave (acquired by Disney).

Vanessa Larco | Partner at NEA

Unicorn Panel Moderator

Vanessa Larco joined NEA as a Partner in 2016 and focuses on Enterprise SaaS and Consumer Services investing. She is passionate about technology, services and products that enable people to be more productive and efficient at work and at home. Vanessa has led investments in EvidentID, Cleo, Greenlight Card, Feather, and Lily AI. She is also a board observer at Robinhood and OmniSci.
Prior to joining NEA, she was the Director of Product Management at Box (NYSE: BOX) where she worked on building the next generation of productivity apps across web and mobile. Her passion for design and analytics stems from her experience in the gaming industry, which includes leading the Speech Recognition Experience team at Xbox Kinect v1, and building a top grossing gaming studio at Disney Social.

Vanessa holds a BS in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Arlan Hamilton | Backstage Capital Founder & Managing Partner

Backstage Capital Fireside Chat

Arlan Hamilton is the Founder and Managing Partner of Backstage Capital, a venture capital firm dedicated to minimizing funding disparities in tech by investing in high-potential founders who are people of color, women, and/or LGBT. Started from scratch in 2015, Backstage has now raised $20 million and invested in nearly 200 startup companies led by underestimated founders. In early 2021, they orchestrated an equity crowdfunding campaign to allow people to invest in their operations, which maxed out at $5 million in less than a week.

Arlan is the author of, It's About Damn Time, an inspirational and tactical business book for budding entrepreneurs and aspiring investors. She hosts the popular podcast, Your First Million, and has been featured on CNN, PBS, and others, and in 2019 became the first Black woman to have an entirely devoted episode of Emily Chang's Bloomberg 1.0.

In October 2018, Arlan was featured on the cover of Fast Company magazine as the first Black woman non-celebrity to do so (following Oprah, Serena, and Beyonce).

In 2019, Arlan and her mother, Mrs. Earline Butler-Sims, announced their new scholarship program, which kicked off with Oxford University's first-ever undergraduate scholarship for a Black student, as well as a commitment to fund a full-ride scholarship for a Psychology student at Mrs. Sims' alma mater, HBCU Dillard University.

Suneera Madhani | Stax Founder & CEO

Backstage Capital Fireside Chat

Suneera Madhani is founder and CEO of Stax by Fattmechant. Under her leadership, Stax has catapulted from startup to eight figures in revenue, and Suneera has become a notable minority female entrepreneur raising over $100 million in venture capital.

A technology innovator and proven leader, Suneera Madhani was recognized as the 2018 Most Influential Woman in Payments and a 2020 honoree of Fortune’s prestigious 40 Under 40 list. Suneera has spoken at national fintech, tech and payments conferences such as Money 20/20, Collision and TedX. She is also an active writer for Forbes, Inc. and the Entrepreneur network.

Breakout Sessions

Venture Atlanta 2021 breakout session announcements are coming soon!

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Venture Atlanta 2021 Schedule

Join us for all of these industry events happening the week of Venture Atlanta!

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Mon. 10/18

  • TBD

    Techstars Atlanta Demo Day
    Location TBD

Tue. 10/19

  • 3:30PM – 6PM

    Invitation Only

  • 6:30PM

    Alumni Dinner
    VA Alumni & Investors Only

Wed. 10/20

  • 8:30AM

    In-Person Check-In Opens

  • 9:30AM

    VC Panel Breakfast
    Entrepreneurs & Investors Only

  • 11AM

    Unicorns of the Southeast Panel

  • 6:30PM

    Investor Dinner on the Roof of Ponce City Market
    VA 2021 Presenting & Showcase Companies, Investors, Sponsors, & Select Guests Only

Thu. 10/21

  • 8:30AM

    In-Person Check-In Opens

  • 9:30AM

    Breakfast Panel
    Open to All Attendees

  • 11AM - 4PM

    VA Conference Content Begins
    In-person & Virtual

  • 1:20PM

    Backstage Capital Fireside Chat
    Arlan Hamilton & Suneera Madhani

  • 5:30PM

  • Atlanta Startup Battle

Fri. 10/22

  • TBD

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  • A3C Festival & Conference


We are excited to be back in person this year at 200 Peachtree! We will be limiting attendance, so we encourage you to get your tickets early! For those who are not comfortable attending in person, the conference will be available to stream virtually. In-person attendees will also have access to the virtual platform, so you can catch up on any content or pitches that you don't get to see live.

With the number of COVID-19 cases rising due to the Delta variant, all attendees (to include venue staff and event staff) at Venture Atlanta are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or you must provide proof of a negative COVID test within 72 hours of attending this event. According to the current City of Atlanta mask mandate, masks are required at all times at Venture Atlanta. Vaccination cards or COVID-19 tests must be presented at registration before receiving a badge. This policy is subject to change and will be reviewed again as we move closer to our October event.

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.

Refunds or credits are not extended for this event.  However, all registrations are fully transferable. Also, if you cannot attend part of the event, all in-person tickets will have full access to the virtual conference as well.

This year we are limiting in-person capacity, so it’s highly likely that we will sell out early! For this reason, if you’re interested in attending in person, we strongly encourage you to buy your tickets as soon as possible! If we sell out our in-person event, virtual tickets will still be available and can be purchased any time leading up to the event and even during the event.

No, we do not sell partial tickets.

We accept all major credit cards (MasterCard, VISA and AMEX). Checks are not accepted.

Contact Allyson Eman at 770-298-4202