Find your revenue, partners and exit paths at GVF.

The 6th Global Venture Forum (2018 “Hyperloop”) is an invitation-only program for 150 VC, Corporate and Emerging Tech leaders to ‘create value and get returns’. GVF provides an anchor event to the tier one and two leaders active in cross-Atlantic tech and is one of three ingredients of the hyperloop for Global Venture Growth.  In 2017 hosted by Microsoft Ventures (San Francisco) and in 2018 returns to Palo Alto.

New data privacy rules, a deluge of EU funding into C&EE on the horizon and trade winds in general mean Epic waves for startups in 2017/18. GVF is a platform for international VCs and tech companies that began outside Silicon Valley to save time finding strategic partners for revenue, investment, insight and exit networks. Join GVF to:

  • Find differentiated smart tech from tech hubs outside Silicon Valley. Unicorn’s like Adyen pitched at GVF before taking their first first venture funding. 2014 alumni Swiftkey (UK), The Eye Tribe (Denmark), Plat.One (Italy) were acquired by well-regarded brands. Industry leaders can find top tech and talent at GVF before others do.
  • Expand global relationships that are relevant to you. GVF is fun, and helps your company and career. GVF Delegates normally return each year, since it is a small group and they get to know each other. Startups also make long term relationships — IIoT startup from Berlin met Cisco thru GVF and a year later was global showcase in Cisco marketing and IoT solutions worldwide.
  • Enable syndication & more rewarding exits. Four of the 2014 Top25 alumni exited to SAP, Facebook (Oculus), Gartner & Microsoft.

This program is designed around the needs of practitioners from Corporate, VC and Angel communities who are short on time. The unique GVF selection methodology ensures quality, one of the hallmarks of the GVF

    • Venture Capitalists come to GVF to save time finding find smart tech deal flow, meet future syndicate and exit partners.
    • Tech CXOs and Founders come to GVF to pitch industry, senior M&A and investment professionals, and save time meeting future partners.
    • Corporate Development and Product Strategy Execs come to GVF to find innovative companies from outside the Bay Area market (typically at lower valuations), meet potential acquihires and build the brand with top international startups.

National and City leaders partner with the GVF and Global Venture Labs for long-term US & Pan-European relationships vital for their portfolio. The Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs funded the GVF in 2013 to target global investors and corporates. Poland’s Cybersec Hub partnered to establish a direct connection to US industry and global investors. Flanders’ Investment & Trade Agency created more visibility for the R&D specialization and innovation funnel from Belgium. The Estonian & Dutch EU Presidencies have used GVF as a platform to engage 100 top tier VCs, industry and emerging tech companies and keynotes like Tim Cook and Eric Schmidt.

In addition to compelling panels and decision makers active in cross-border tech, GVF offers a safe environment for investors, corporates, startups and trade agencies to share insights into real industry pains and navigating competitive international waters. San Francisco’s best Barista the Coffee Shop will be stirring bulletproof coffees for the fourth year in a row.

The Top25 Global Venture-ready companies are chosen over the year by a dozen domain experts and professional VCs using the GVF selection methodology. Domains include Artificial Intelligence, Internet-of-Things, Analytics, Cloud Services, Cyberecurity, Data Privacy, Mobility, Mobile, Enterprise Cloud and Digital Health.

The GVF begins with a VIP Drinks for 60 registered Delegates on the evening before the main program.  “CXOs Who Changed the World”, past examples include Shazam, Adyen, Blockchain Executives & Founders.

Invited VC and corporate leaders are welcome to register here.

 Invited & GVF Alumni Registration

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“…combined the early stage, angel world with the later stage corporate and
investment world in a comfortable, no-strings attached manner”

GVF Delegate, VP Corporate Development

Who attends GVF

Nitin Badjatia

Director, Customer Experience Strategy, Oracle Corporation

Peter Bershatsky

Director of Corporate Business Development, Amazon Web Services

Jamie McGurk

Partner Corporate Development, Andreessen Horowitz

David Hindley

Director Corporate Development, Autodesk

Maciej Kranz

Vice President Corporate Technology Group, Cisco systems

Priti Youssef Choksi

Director Corporate Development, Facebook

Shardul Shah

Index Ventures

Gareth Keane

Investment Manager, Qualcomm Ventures

Frederic Hanika

Vice President, Head of M&A and Corporate Ventures, Software AG

Whitney Hischier

Co-Chair GVF, MBA Lecturer for Entrepreneurship UC Berkeley

Philip Inghelbrecht

Co-Founder, Shazam

Bryan Lamkin

Senior Vice President Corporate Development, Adobe

Davide Pacchini

Director Global Cloud Alliances, Sigfox

Aydin Senkut

Founder & Managing Partner, Felicis Ventures

Tom Henriksson

Partner, Open Ocean Capital

Deborah Magid

Director, Software Strategy, IBM Ventures

Ana Mostarac

Partner, Corporate Development, Andreessen Horowitz

Mohammad Gaber

Senior Director, Digital Strategy & Transformation, Air Canada

Izabela Albrycht

Chairperson, The Kosciuszko Institute & CYBERSEC HUB

Raymond Liao

Managing Director, Samsung NEXT Ventures

Microsoft Reactor in San Francisco

March 23, 2017

For five years the Global Venture Forum has helped level the playing field for tech entrepreneurs from around the world.

This year we begin to update our selection process to make Diversity one of our annual values.

A diverse tech ecosystem means a broad distribution of talent, differentiation and merit.

Nominate a startup with a team with diverse gender, background, ethnicity, geography, citizenship, age, etc.

 Nominate a Diverse Startup Team

GVF 2017 Partners

“…builds bridges, connections, and enables business to get done.”

GVF Delegate

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