US Expansion Expedition: San Francisco - Salt Lake City

March 24th, 2024 - March 29th, 2024

Are you a seasoned founder already active in the US market, looking for the right support to take your expansion to the next level?

Join us for an unforgettable 5-day journey from Salt Lake City to San Francisco where you will access the insights and connections necessary to thrive in the US market.

This US Expansion Expedition, developed in collaboration with ScaleNL, includes a rich and diverse timetable of sessions with leading founders and investors from the heart of the US tech scene.

The trip will equip you with the essential knowledge, practical skills, and invaluable connections necessary to take your scaleup journey to the next level.

What Can I Expect from the Trip?

This carefully curated trip includes a rich mix of content, including a comprehensive range of sessions with leading founders and investors - but also some important downtime.

This pause is designed to offer you breathing space to relax or arrange follow-ups with the key connections you make during the trip. We strongly recommend you keep this time free for local meetings!

A Dual-City Experience: The Best of Both Worlds!

By spanning two vibrant tech cities, you will access a unique and broad range of exciting experiences:

In Salt Lake City, you will engage in insightful discussions, forge crucial connections, and tap into a vibrant, burgeoning tech scene. In San Francisco, you will dive deep into the Silicon Valley mindset, connect with influential VCs, and immerse yourself in the heart of the US tech ecosystem.

Why Salt Lake City?

Nestled in the heart of Utah, Salt Lake City is a burgeoning tech hub offering a unique blend of innovation with a business-friendly atmosphere.

Known for its collaborative ecosystem, the city boasts an impressive roster of successful startups and influential entrepreneurs, as well as a proactive local government that’s eager to work with scaling businesses. 

Why San Francisco?

San Francisco, the global epicenter of technology and entrepreneurship, needs no introduction.

As the birthplace of countless tech giants, it remains at the heart of groundbreaking innovation and investment opportunities, and is a goldmine for networking with leading entrepreneurs and industry experts.

The (Preliminary) Schedule*

*Programme subject to change

Who Will You Meet?

Eric Rea - CEO & co-founder at Podium


Eric Rea is the CEO and co-founder of Podium, a leading communication and payments platform for local businesses. Since founding Podium in 2014, he has driven its rapid growth with a focus on innovative solutions, transforming how local companies interact with customers in the digital age.

David Blake - CEO & founder at Degreed


David is the CEO and founder of Degreed, an innovative learning and skill development platform. He established Degreed with a vision to revolutionize education and lifelong learning. Under his guidance, Degreed has become a prominent player in the EdTech space, enabling individuals and organizations to track, discover, and measure all learning.

Stephan Jacob - Co-founder & COO at Cotopaxi

Stephan is the co-founder and COO of Cotopaxi, an outdoor gear and activewear company with a mission to promote social and environmental responsibility. With a background in social entrepreneurship, Jacob co-founded Cotopaxi in 2014 to create innovative products and drive positive change. He started their career as a Software Developer & Commodities Trading Intern at Bunge Limited.

Blake Modersitzki - Managing partner at Pelion Venture Partners

Blake Modersitzki has been the managing director of Utah-based venture fund Pelion Venture Partners since 2013. He sits on a number of boards and boasts a versatile career in the software industry, covering sales, marketing, M&A, and now venture investing. 

Jeff Kearl - General partner at Pelion Venture Partners

Jeff Kearl is a general partner at Pelion Venture Partners. He is also the co-founder and managing director of Precedent Investments, and previously was executive chairman of Skullcandy Inc.

Diogo Myrrha - Co-founder and general manager at Album VC

Diogo is a co-founder and general partner at Album VC, a US-based venture capital firm that invests in early-stage technology ventures. He was also previously the president of Stoneway Capital, an early investor in companies like Ancestry.com, SkullCandy, Fusion-IO, Omniture, and Braven.

John Mayfield - Co-founder and general partner at Album VC

John is a co-founder and general partner at Album VC. Earlier in his career, he worked at Qualtrics and Instructure, and spent several years in Silicon Valley where he focused on M&A valuations for leading software companies like Oracle, HP, Yahoo, Cisco, and Amazon.

Sid Krommenhoek - Co-founder and general partner at Album VC

Sid is a co-founder and general partner at Album VC. He also co-founded Zinch.com, an online platform for students, which was acquired by Chegg in 2011. Following this, he played a pivotal role in Chegg's expansion, leading their international efforts up to their successful IPO in 2013.

Key Information:

Dates:

March 24th, 2024 - March 29th, 2024

Estimated total cost per person:

€3,700 - €4,200 (Subject to fluctuation in flight costs. This estimated total cost includes flights, hotel, activities, and local travel).

Please do not organise flights until your registration has been confirmed!

Process for application:

Spaces are limited, so we are working on a first come first served basis. Please complete the application form and we will confirm your place as soon as possible!

Questions?

Feel free to reach out to Dylan at dylan@techleap.nl.

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