Powered by Elevate Ventures, Kinetic is designed to be the go-to conference for high-growth, high-potential startups in Indiana. At Kinetic we challenge and empower our portfolio companies to focus on fueling their business through curated content, intentional investor meetings, and access to key resources and individuals who have been in their shoes before. Join us at Kinetic to help Indiana startups focus on what really matters – growing their business!



  • September 20, 2022
    Kinetic Schedule
    8:00 AM
    Registration opens at 8:00 AM.
    8:30 AM
    Opening Remarks
    8:40 AM - 9:50 AM
    The Gravity-Defying Leader: Innovative Approaches to Hyper-Growth Leadership
    With disruptive forces assaulting businesses from every direction, creativity has been labeled the single most important business attribute. To succeed, leaders must FOCUS on creating a resilient culture where everyone is engaged; a torrent of fresh, creative ideas needs to flow from every level of the organization.
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Investor One-on-Ones
    Curated meetings during content sessions. (Applications were required).
    Brad Feld
    10:00 AM - 10:35 AM
    Fireside Chat with Brad Feld - Startup Boards: A Field Guide to Building and Leading an Effective Board of Directors (virtual)
    Join us as we sit down with Brad Feld to discuss the second edition of the book - *Startup Boards: A Field Guide to Building and Leading an Effective Board of Directors.* The authors provide seasoned advice and guidance to CEOs, board members, investors, and anyone aspiring to serve on a board. This comprehensive book covers a wide range of topics with relevant tips, tactics, and best practices, including:

    * Board fundamentals such as the board's purpose, legal characteristics, and roles and functions of board members;
    * Creating a board including size, composition, roles of VCs and independent directors, what to look for in a director, and how to recruit directors;
    * Compensating, onboarding, removing directors, and suggestions on building a diverse board;
    * Preparing for and running board meetings; * The board's role in transactions including selling a company, buying a company, going public, and going out of business;
    * Advice for independent and aspiring directors.

    Kinetic attendees will walk away with a copy of the book.
    Bret SwansonJohn Thompson
    10:40 AM - 11:15 AM
    Economic Discussion - Recession Impact on Venture/Valuations
    Bret Swanson, President of Entropy Economics, and nonresident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, has a deep background in global innovation and technology research. In this session, he will discuss the current state of the economy with a specific focus on the impact it has on venture investing and valuations. He will also provide strategic insights on the technologies, companies, and government policies that drive the market.
    Brandon MonceauxJoshua DriverLindsay TjepkemaSara Hudson
    11:25 AM - 12:00 PM
    Ditch the Amateur Website Before it's too Late!
    The amateur website you launched alongside your MVP was sufficient in the beginning, but it may not be cutting it now. If you are pitching your startup to secure big-name contracts and partnerships you may want to revisit how your brand may look to external audiences. Don’t make the mistake of waiting to invest in your startup’s marketing - your company likely needs to look more sophisticated sooner than you think.
    12:00 PM
    Lunch & Awards
    We welcome everyone to a networking lunch.

    At 12:30 PM, we will celebrate wins and recognize companies, entrepreneurs and regional ecosystem builders who have gone above and beyond.
    Christopher Day
    12:40 PM - 1:00 PM
    PSA: SAFE’s May Not be so Safe
    SAFEs have become increasingly popular in recent years as a way for startups to raise capital. But are they really as "safe" as their name suggests? In this open discussion, Elevate Ventures' Principal Sara Omohundro will facilitate a conversation between Elevate’s CEO, Christopher “Toph” Day, and Chief Compliance Officer and General Counsel, Phil Lodato on the pros and cons of using a SAFE from both the entrepreneur and investor side.
    1:00 PM
    2 Minute / 2 Slide Presentations
    Participating companies get 2 minutes and 2 slides to pitch their company to the audience on the main stage. (Applications were required).

    View this year's lineup!
    Chelsea LinderDan DrexlerEmil EkiyorJennifer HallowellTim George
    1:40 PM - 2:15 PM
    Where to Start When You’re Just Starting Up
    Training, counseling, advocacy, and support networks are invaluable to new startups. Many new entrepreneurs, or even serial entrepreneurs, encounter learning curves in various aspects of business ownership, leadership, and industry hurdles. In this session, we’ll let a few entrepreneur-centered programs across Indiana take the stage for five minutes each to explain what they can offer you.
    2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Investor One-on-Ones
    Curated meetings during content sessions. (Applications were required).
    2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Kinetic Huddles
    Sit down with folks who have been there before and get real-time advice on your startup.

    Huddles connect entrepreneurs in one-on-one settings with Elevate Advisors, staff, and sponsors who know Indiana’s business landscape, its players and how to take advantage of opportunities close to home and around the world. They represent bright minds in business from across the state, including current and former company founders who have achieved large, successful outcomes; corporate executives and board members of market-leading companies; and investors experienced in achieving strategic exits.

    You must be registered for Kinetic to attend the Huddles. Questions? Please contact us at Kinetic@ElevateVentures.com.

    2:15 PM - 2:30 PM
    Networking Break
    We'll divide up the room base on what programs you want to know more about! Use this time to network with others that are interested in the same programs!
    Devyn MikellKevin Bailey
    2:30 PM - 3:05 PM
    Competing for Top Talent
    One of the greatest struggles for a startup is competing for top talent. The search may start with leveraging your own network and revisiting incentives to attract qualified applicants, but how much further should the team take it? Tune in as we hear from a few talent experts about the role team members play in recruiting talent, how culture can help retain that talent, and explore how compensation packages can give you an edge to get the right person in the door.
    3:05 PM - 3:20 PM
    Networking Break
    We'll divide up the room based on industry! Use this time to network with others that are in the same industry space as you!~
    Andrew SchwartzAndy KnoxOlivia GoldsteinSarah Douglas
    3:20 PM - 3:55 PM
    Understanding Various Types of Financing and What Influences Fund Decision Makers
    Some startups fail from a lack of funding, which makes finding sources of capital a top priority. While funding can come from a variety of places - self-financing, business loans, friends and family, angel investment, venture capital, etc. - trying to get those conversations and understanding what is needed can be tough. In this session, we will discuss the various types of funding, how your startup can attract more of it, and what influences fund decision-makers.
    4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Discussion & Fireside Chat with Josh Banko
    Ever wondered what you could learn from the guy that invented the iPad?

    Join us at Kinetic as we sit down with Josh Banko to discuss his path of success that ultimately led to him inventing world-changing products like the iPad while at Apple, drones for Mercedes, and now advanced AI. Josh believes that middle-America is poised for innovation, and Indiana is primed for the next breakthrough technologies that are on the horizon.
    5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    Closing Reception
    Join us to network over appetizers and drinks to help close out Kinetic 2022. We appreciate you joining us and look forward to next year’s conference!
    Reception made possible through donations from Bier Brewery and Cardinal Spirits!


  • Portfolio Company

    If you are an Elevate portfolio company, you get discounted tickets! Please email us at Kinetic@elevateventures.com for a code.

  • Kinetic Tickets

    If you’re an investor, statewide partner, ecosystem builder, or have a passion for entrepreneurship, please join us to help fuel the focus!

Our Sponsors

Conference Location