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Friday, October 30 • 4:00pm - 6:30pm
San Diego Startup Month Finale, Startup Fair, & Closing Halloween Beach Party

A must-attend immersive Finale Event! Join us in closing a month's worth of community and content with top ecosystem builders and tech CEOs as we showcase San Diego's rising stars, opportunities, and emerging industry segments. After the opening keynote, join us for a fireside chat with top tech leaders. Then, jump into our virtual cocktail party for speed networking with other SDSM guests. We'll wrap with a panel discussion, "Tech Startups and National Security – How to Make a Difference from San Diego” and end the night with a Startup Fair & Expo and Halloween themed beach dance party in the VirBELA virtual World.

Location: Run the World
Time: 4:00 - 5:45 pm
  • Program Open
    • Alexa-Rae Navarro, Executive Director, Startup San Diego
    • Neal Bloom, Chairman of the Board, Startup San Diego & Founder, Fresh Brewed Tech
  • Opening Introduction 
    • Duane Cameron, Vice President Cox Business
  • Fireside Chat | "Purpose Driven Business & Social Impact"  
    • Scot Chisholm, Co-Founder & CEO, Classy
    • Barry Givens, Managing Director, Cox Social Impact Accelerator powered by Techstars
  • "COX-tail" Party Speed Networking Sponsored by Cox Business
  • Panel | "Tech Startups & National Security - How to Make a Difference from San Diego"
    • Moderator: Rich Julien, AWS Public Sector Venture & Startups
    • Brain Shubsda, SVP, Emerging Technology & Innovation, Naval Special Warfare
    • Ellen Chang, San Diego Defense Tech Investor & Naval Portfolio Director, BMNT
    • James Cross, VP/Research Anaylst/Portfolio Manager - Franklin Templeton Blackhorse Fund, Founder - Silicon Valley Defense Group, UCSD Senior Research Fellow
    • Alex Martin, Co-Founder & CEO, Clearspeed

Location: VirBELA Virtual World
Time: 5:45 - 6:30 pm 
  • Startup Fair & Expo in VirBELA Expo Hall
  • Halloween Beach Dance Party at VirBELA Beach

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Alexa-Rae Navarro

Executive Director, Startup San Diego
A UC San Diego alumni and second generation Latina, Alexa-Rae Navarro, is the Executive Director of Startup San Diego, the official non-profit supporting the San Diego startup ecosystem. Prior to running Startup San Diego, she spent the last eight years in Los Angeles working at the... Read More →
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Neal Bloom

Founder, Fresh Brewed Tech
Neal Bloom is an entrepreneur, investor, community builder, and Chair of Startup San Diego. He previously co-founded education technology company Portfolium. He is CEO of Rising Tide Partners and leads media entities Fresh Brewed Tech and Fresh Squeezed to help bring awareness about... Read More →
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Duane Cameron

Vice President, Cox Business
Prior to joining Cox Business, Cameron served for eight years as general manager of the Nevada, Southern California and Central California region at Level 3 Communications. He was also previously general manager for Southern California at XO Communications.Cox is privately held and... Read More →
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Scot Chisholm

Co-Founder & CEO, Classy
Scot is the CEO & Co-Founder of Classy, a social enterprise that creates world-class online fundraising software for nonprofits, modernizing the giving experience to accelerate global social impact. Scot co-founded Classy after one of the largest cancer organizations in the country... Read More →
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Barry Givens

Managing Director, Cox Social Impact Accelerator powered by Techstars
Barry Givens is a techie, an entrepreneur, and a lover of everything helping to add color to the tech Industry. He founded a cutting edge hardware company named Monsieur in 2012 in Atlanta, GA and officially launched on stage at Techcrunch Disrupt Battlefield in 2013. He successfully... Read More →
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Rich Julien

Public Sector Venture Capital & Startups, AWS
Finding ways to put Amazon’s powers to work on behalf of VCs and their startup portfolio companies, and connecting them with Public Sector customers who desperately need their innovation.Experienced and savvy (i.e. cynical and realistic) executive with over 25 years of specialized... Read More →
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Ellen Chang

San Diego Defense Tech Investor and Naval Portfolio Director, BMNT
Ellen is Director of the Naval Portfolio of BMNT INC, an innovation strategy consultancy laser focused on helping government customers troubleshoot and accelerate innovation. In this position, she leads the Company’s Navy focused programs, and energetically grows the San Diego ecosystem... Read More →
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Brian Shubsda

SVP, Emerging Technology & Innovation, Naval Special Warfare
An innovative thought leader and technology translator with extensive experience advancing diverse cross-functional teams amidst volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous environments. Proven record delivering impact across multiple industry sectors, drawing on experience transforming... Read More →
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James Cross

VP/Research Anaylst/Portfolio Manager - Franklin Templeton Blackhorse Fund, Founder - Silicon Valley Defense Group, UCSD Senior Research Fellow, Franklin Templeton
James Cross is a vice president, research analyst and portfolio manager with Franklin Equity Group. He currently covers the aerospace and defense industries while leading the Industrials sector team. He also is a portfolio manager on the Franklin Technology Fund. Mr. Cross is also... Read More →
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Alex Martin

Co-Founder & CEO, Clearspeed
Co-Founder & CEO of Clearspeed, a dual-use technology company based in California. Customers use our unique, AI-enabled voice technology to reduce fraud, identify risk, and bridge the gap from an assessment of risk to a decision to trust. Our vision is to help build a safer world... Read More →

Friday October 30, 2020 4:00pm - 6:30pm PDT