Venture Café Cambridge
1 Broadway,5th Floor
Cambridge, MA 02142
December 5th, 2019
3:00 – 8:00 PM
Mobility Innovation Night
“Transforming our Transportation Future “
In partnership with CIC, save the date for Venture Cafe’s Mobility Innovation Night conference, taking place on December 5, 2019. Mobility is defined broadly as the movement of people and goods and includes innovations around autonomous vehicles, urban air mobility, vehicle electrification, urban micro-mobility, logistics, telematics, shared mobility, public transit, and other important topic areas.
Mobility Innovation Night will convene entrepreneurs, corporates, the public sector, academia and investors working to create new technologies and solutions, and to solve some of the most pressing problems centered around transportation in the Greater Boston area. Come and join the dialogue!
AGENDA AT A GLANCE
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM SPECIAL OFFICE HOURS (Café)
4:30 PM – 5:45 PM MOBILITY ROUNDTABLE Q4 PANEL DISCUSSION (Havana Room)
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM TECHNOLOGY SHOWCASE (Café)
6:00 PM – 6:15 PM CIC WELCOME (Havana Room)
6:15 PM – 7:15 PM MOBILITY PITCH SHOWCASE (Havana Room)
SPECIAL OFFICE HOURS (3:00 - 4:30 PM)
Early stage ventures and prospective entrepreneurs have an opportunity to sign up for Office Hours during this event. Entrepreneurs may sign up for 30-minute consultations with a variety of experts.
Appointments can be made on a first come, first served basis. Any cancellations will require 48-hour notification in order to accommodate entrepreneurs who have been placed on a wait-list. No-shows are frowned upon in the VenCaf community and we reserve the right to disallow future appointments for repeat offenders.
Appointments may be booked beginning November 14th, 2019
Alexander Slawsby, Director of Innovation, EmbraerX
Alex is Director of Innovation for EmbraerX. In his role, Alex is responsible for identifying and accelerating new disruptive technologies and business models emerging from the innovation ecosystem. Prior to joining Embraer, Alex worked for Innosight, Clayton Christensen’s disruptive innovation consultancy. Prior to attending MIT, Alex worked for IDC as a wireless industry analyst. Alex has an undergraduate degree from Brown University and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Gabe Cunningham, Senior Associate, Fontinalis Partners
Gabe is a Senior Associate at Fontinalis, where he supports audacious founders addressing big problems in mobility. Gabe currently serves as a Board Observer of Verity Studios. Additionally, he has played a key role in numerous other Fontinalis investments, including sourcing the seed investment in nuTonomy. He plays an active role in all facets of Fontinalis’ investment process, helping manage the firm’s seed investment program.
Jascha Franklin-Hodge, Executive Director, Open Mobility Foundation
Jascha Franklin-Hodge is the Executive Director of the Open Mobility Foundation (OMF). This city-led foundation helps government and industry collaborate to develop open source tools and data standards that support adoption and regulation of emerging mobility technology. Jascha was previously the Chief Information Officer for the City of Boston, a Visiting Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, and the co-founder and Chief Technology Officer for Blue State Digital (BSD). He attended MIT.
Michael Kearny, Associate, The Engine
Mike is on the investment team at the Engine, where he brings over a decade of operational and research experience in commercializing tough tech. Mike holds a PhD from MIT Sloan where his research focused on frictions in the commercialization of science, regulatory barriers to energy innovation and entrepreneurial strategy. Previously, he was the first employee at Ambri where he led business development efforts and worked with customers across the U.S.
MOBILITY ROUNDTABLE Q4 PANEL DISCUSSION (4:30 PM – 5:45 PM)
MOBILITY ROUNDTABLE Q4 PANEL DISCUSSION (4:30 PM – 5:45 PM)
2019 MOBILITY YEAR IN REVIEW
2019 was a pivotal year in mobility. There were many important achievements – to name a few, electric vehicle sales set a new record, Uber and Lyft IPO’d, Waymo demonstrated truly driverless cars, regulators began granting approval to drone deliveries and electric Vertical Take Off and Landing (eVTOL) vehicles flew for the first time. 2019 was also a year of “reality-checks” as congestion and public transportation woes reached new heights for cities like Boston and ‘new’ mobility business models failed to win with investors. As we head into 2020, join us to reflect upon how this year’s milestones, momentum and wake up calls will continue to shape the movement of people and goods going forward. We’ll convene insights from transportation advocates, investors and entrepreneurs for an informed (and no doubt) passionate debate.
Moderator: Moritz Rittstieg, McKinsey Center for Future Mobility
Associate Partner at McKinsey in the Chicago Office.
Anna Dietrich, MassDOT Aeronautics
Anna co-founded Terrafugia to make personal aviation more accessible in 2006. After stepping down from the founding Chief Operating Officer role in 2014, she has become an industry-recognized leader in the urban air mobility (UAM), eVTOL, and innovative personal aviation industries. She is an expert in policy, certification and government relations in the aviation industry, as well as start-up company operations, and generally solving complex problems in unique ways while inspiring innovation within a sustainable framework.
Chris Osgood, City of Boston
Chris Osgood serves as Mayor Walsh’s Chief of the Streets, Transportation & Sanitation. He works with the Public Works and Transportation Departments to deliver exceptional City services, build great streets, and implement a transportation plan that works for everyone.
Prior to serving in this role, Chris co- founded, in 2010, the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics, a nationally replicated civic innovation group that experiments with new ways of using data, design and technology to improve the constituent experience.
Regina Savage, Morgan Stanley
Regina Savage is the Global Head of Automotive and Automotive Technology for Morgan Stanley’s investment banking division. In 2004 Regina received a Masters in Business Administration from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University and a Masters in Public Policy from Georgetown. Regina also has a BA in International Affairs from The George Washington University.
Alex Gruzen, WiTricity
Alex Gruzen is the CEO of WiTricity, the industry pioneer in wireless power transfer over distance. Before WiTricity, Gruzen co-founded Corsa Ventures, focusing on building leading technology companies. Prior to Corsa, he was the Sr VP of the Consumer and Small Medium Business Product Group at Dell. He also held leadership roles at Hewlett Packard, Compaq, and Sony.Gruzen holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a S.M. and S.B. in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
TECHNOLOGY SHOWCASE (5:30 PM – 8:00 PM)
MOBILITY PITCH SHOWCASE (6:00 PM - 7:00 PM)
MOBILITY PITCH SHOWCASE (6:00 PM – 7:15 PM)
A diverse set of mobility entrepreneurs will make a 5-minute pitch on the new businesses and technologies they are commercializing. Ask questions, and give feedback!
CIC Welcome: Kristin Brief, CIC Entrepreneur in Residence
Moderator: Mark Norman, Fraser McCombs Capital
Mark Norman is a Managing Partner at Fraser McCombs Capital. Previously he was president of Zipcar, where he led the company’s expansion into over 25 major cities and more than 300 college campuses across North America and Europe, creating the world’s largest carsharing network. Mark and the team managed the company’s IPO on the NASDAQ and subsequent sale to Avis Budget Group. Mark has significant experience leading both early stage and global businesses, including roles as CEO of Flexcar and CEO and Chairman of Chrysler Canada.
Marshall Chapin, Chief Revenue Officer, Indigo Technologies
Osher Perry, CEO and Co-Founder, ShipIn Systems
Dan Grossman, CEO, Zagster
Leaf Jiang, CEO, NODAR
Sam Tolkoff, CEO, NextDroid
Ed Warren, Founder and CEO, Zippity