On November 1st Global Corporate Venturing (GCV) convenes its first conference in Houston. We’d like to thank the conference co-sponsors, Chevron Technology Ventures, Shell Technology Ventures, BP Ventures, BCG, Future Planet Capital, Intel Capital, Silicon Valley Bank and the law firm Baker Botts. We’d like to also thank Partnership Tower, our host and conference venue.

Our purpose is to champion the resilience of the Houston-based and broader Texan venture capital and innovation industries. Rather than charge delegate fees, as is our typical business model, GCV asks delegates to donate to Entrepreneurs for Houston, E4H, a charity providing an entrepreneurial edge to Houston’s ongoing post-hurricane recovery efforts. In addition to the conference agenda below, Station Houston will host a speed dating event on November 2nd.  Details to follow.

Click here to donate to Entrepreneurs for Houston, E4H

Corporate Venture Houston

Partnership Tower, November 1st

08:15 – 09:00

Registration, refreshments and networking 

09:00 - 09:10

Welcome and energy corporate venturing update: Tom Whitehouse, conference chairman (Founder and Chairman, LEIF, and Contributing Editor, Global Corporate Venturing), and Tim Lafferty (COO, Global Corporate Venturing)

09:10 – 09:25

Conference Opening: Why corporations care: Barbara Burger; President of Chevron Technology Ventures (CTV)

09:25 – 10:00

Panel discussion: Energy – the ultimate ‘all-tech’ industry. Why the world’s corporate VC industry needs Houston and why Houston needs the world’s corporate VC industry. Panellists:

-       Geert van de Wouw, Managing Director of Shell Technology Ventures (STV)

-       Morag Watson, Chief Digital Innovation Officer at BP

-       Kemal Anbarci; Managing Venture Executive, CTV

-       Panel moderator: tbd

10:00 – 10:45

Panel discussion: Energy meets digital – what happens next? Speakers/presentations:

-       AJ Abdallat, CEO, Beyond Limits (a portfolio company of BP Ventures)

-       Babur Ozen, CEO, Maana (a portfolio company of CTV, STV, Intel Capital and others)

-       Jim Dechman, CEO, Veros Systems (a portfolio company of CTV, STV and others)

-       Introduced and moderated by Oleg Mikhailov, Partner and Managing Director, Boston Consulting Group

10:45 – 11:30

Refreshments and networking

11:30 – 11:45

Presentation: Intel Capital and energy. Presenter/speaker: Hiren Majmudar, Vice President & Managing Director, Intel Capital,

11:45 – 12:25

Panel discussion and presentations: Investor responses to ‘lower for longer’: with oil hovering between $40 and $60 per barrel, leading oil-focused investors and venture-backed businesses outline their strategies for the new price environment. Speakers:

-       Richard Gaut, Vice President, SCF Partners

-       Barry Zhang, CEO, Quantico Energy Solutions (an STV portfolio business)

-       Paul Carragher, CEO, BiSN (a BP Ventures portfolio business) 

-       Roger Antonsen, CEO, Comitt Well Solutions (an EIC and Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures portfolio business) 

-       Introduced and moderated by George Coyle, Partner, Energy Innovation Capital

12:25 – 13:35

Lunch and networking

13:35 – 14:15

Panel discussion and presentations: Industry 4.0 meets energy – what happens next? Speakers: 

-       Michael Young, Director, Caterpillar Ventures

-       Grant Allen, Head of Technology Ventures at ABB

-       Peter Harding, Founder and CEO, Kelvin Inc

-       Introduced and moderated by Kyle Teamey, In-Q-Tel

14:15 - 15:00

Texas-based and Texas-bound innovators – session 1: Short presentations from venture-backed technology businesses active in energy. Introduced by Neil Foster, Partner, Baker Botts

-       Rheidiant (supported by Chevron Catalyst)

-       Spark Cognition (a portfolio business of HorizonX / Boeing)

-       Faraday Grid

-       Filament (a portfolio business of JetBlue Technology Ventures, Intel Capital and others)

15:00 - 15:35

Refreshments and networking

15:35 – 16:15

Texas-based and Texas-bound innovators – session 2: Short presentations from venture-backed technology businesses active in energy. Introduced by Neil Foster, Partner, Baker Botts

-       Parsable (a portfolio business of Schlumberger Technology Invest, Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures and others)

-       HyperSciences (supported by Shell GameChanger)

-       GTUIT (backed by Caterpillar Ventures and others)

-       Evodos (backed by eCAPITAL and SKion)

16:15 – 16:45

Closing panel discussion: How start-ups should approach the energy majors to do business and raise capital. Panellists:

-       Kemal Anbarci, Chevron Technology Ventures

-       Luis Alconer, BP Ventures Principal

-       Panel Moderator TBD

16:45 – 18:00

Facilitated introductions (speed-dating)

Reception (drinks and eats) 


Conference close

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-        This agenda will be updated on a regular basis. Speakers, companies and scheduling may change.

-       This conference is for bona fide venture investors and start-ups. GCV reserves the right to verify the credentials of those that wish to attend.