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Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

These are opt-in groups for Fellows who are interested in a particular topic / sector to get together and learn with one another and build connections with others in the network who are similarly interested in the space. 

We are working with SIG Leaders to finalize the exact dates and topics for each session, but below you are able to explore the group descriptions, Fellows who lead the SIG, and tentative dates. In return, we ask that you use the form at the bottom of the page to indicate which SIG you are interested in attending so we can get a sense of how many anticipate being able to attend. 

You are only able to attend one SIG, and we will not be recording the sessions. 

NOTE: We will be releasing 1-2 more sessions over the next few months so if these dates below don't work for you, stay tuned. 

Climate & Sustainability

Wednesday, November 30 at 7:50am - 9:00am PT

Schedule is tentative, but below is what is confirmed and past topics are shared below

 

15 min. – SIG debriefs/Asks

30 min. – TBD

15 min. – Startup Pitch: Ivy Energy https://www.ivy-energy.com/

Past Topics: 

  •  Firesideand Q&A on the current climate-tech landscape with Don Wood, PIVA

  • Global Plastics Issue and Sustainable Alternatives with Pierre Paslier, Notpla

  • Updates at the Federal Level: Climate policy and implications for climate and sustainability venture investors

SIG LEADS: 

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Bennett Cohen

Managing Director, Closed Loop Partners 

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Ali Morrow

Principal, MMC Ventures

Blockchain / Crypto SIG [tentatively confirmed, may change]

Wednesday, November 30 at 8:00 - 9:00am PST 

SIG LEADS: 

Whether you're investing in Blockchain or just interested in learning more about the space, this is the SIG for you. Topic is TBD, but below are past topics that have been discussed. 

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Jules Miller

Partner, Mindset Ventures

  • Crypto-Economics

  • NFT Panel and Q&A

  • Blockchain Startup Pitches

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Jehan Chu

Co-Founder & Managing

Partner, Kinetic

Attend a KF Module Session

Thursday, December 8 at 7:50am - 9:15am PST

SESSION LEADS: 

Economic Levers - Hacks and Facts that Every GP Should Know

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Clint Korver

Managing Director, Ulu Ventures

Join us for a portion of a Kauffman Fellows virtual module!

 

If you’re raising your own fund, or thinking about it, you’ll learn a lot from this session. Learn about the economic levers for VC funds, diving into the hacks and facts that every GP should know around making your process more efficient. From GP contributions, management fees, management company expenses, and fund economics… join the conversation (and bring you questions)!

Women's Group SIG

Tuesday, December 13 at 7:50 - 9:00am PST

SIG LEADS: 

Tax Considerations for the New Year (US Focused)

Colleen Fay and Kristen Stinson from Withum will join us to share info about the upcoming tax year and answer your questions. For those of you outside of the US (and/or who don't have tax questions), we'll have a breakout room available for general networking with other KF women.

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Witney McKiernan

Principal, HealthQuest Ventures

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