BERKELEY, Calif., May 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The 14th Annual Silicon Valley Boomer Venture Summit and Business Plan Competition will take place on July 20th at the Claremont Club and Spa, Berkeley, California. The Summit draws a global influencer base to address the ongoing needs facing the Boomer consumer, and to pair investors with entrepreneurs who can bring innovative products and services for the longevity economy to market. This year, the focus will be on "Global Investment in the Longevity Market" and includes a day of spotlight sessions, speed dealing, boot camps, networking opportunities and more.
The 2017 Summit features the Business Plan Competition where emerging companies will pitch new ideas to a panel of esteemed judges in the hope of getting validation, funding and a $10,000 grand prize. Event judges include: Conor Green, Principal at TT Capital Partners (TTCP); Jody Holtzman, Senior VP Market Innovation at AARP; John Hopper, Chief Investment Officer, Ziegler Link Age Longevity Fund; Jeff Lee, Principal, DCM Ventures; Marti Nyman, VP Business and Commercialization, Innovation Center of Excellence, United Healthcare; Scott Smith, Viant Capital; Lisa Suennan, Senior Managing Director, GE Ventures and Managing Partner at Venture Valkyrie, LLC., and others yet to be confirmed.
Business plans will be accepted through 5pm ET on June 23rd. Notable winners and finalists of the competition have included: Bikanta Corporation; Vynca; Noctrix Health; PetPlan; and PurCath.
"I started the Silicon Valley Summit to bring together a combination of investors, angels, industry experts, entrepreneurs and start-up companies to learn about the wants and needs of the boomer and senior markets, "says Mary Furlong, CEO and President of Mary Furlong & Associates and Executive Producer of the Summit. "Fourteen years later, I am proud to say that this conference is the longest running event to focus on investing in the longevity economy and it keeps getting bigger and better each year."
2017 Summit sponsors include:
Platinum Sponsors: AARP, UnitedHealthcare, The Business of Aging
Gold Sponsors: CDW, Hasbro, GreatCall, SDI, and Ziegler Linkage Longevity Fund
Silver Sponsors: CareLinx, TripleTree
Bronze Sponsors: Posit Science
About Mary Furlong & Associates/ Mary Furlong
Founded in 2003, Mary Furlong & Associates (MFA) is a strategy, business development, marketing, and public relations strategic communications firm headquartered in San Francisco. The firm's services are uniquely geared to drive new opportunities for clients in the baby boomer, senior, and caregiver markets. Previously, she founded SeniorNet in l986, ThirdAge Media in l996. She won the ASA Leadership Award, was profiled as one of Fortune Small Business Top 25, and Time Digital Top 50. In 2011, Mary received an award as one of the top 100 Women of Influence by the Silicon Valley Business Journal and is also the author of "Turning Silver into Gold: How to Profit in the New Boomer Marketplace. For the past 13 years, Mary has produced the industry-leading What's Next Boomer Business Summit and the Silicon Valley Boomer Venture Summit. She has appeared on NBC, CBS, and NPR and is an advisor to the Ziegler Link•age Longevity Fund, LP. MFA's private client practice is comprised of many of the leading startups and corporations in the longevity marketplace including Carelinx and Chefs for Seniors. She also serves as an adjunct professor, focusing on entrepreneurship and women in leadership at the Leavey School of Business in Santa Clara, CA.
About Lori Bitter/The Business of Aging
Lori K. Bitter provides strategic consulting, research and development for companies seeking to engage with mature consumers at her consultancy The Business of Aging. Her book, The Grandparent Economy, debuted in September. She was president of J. Walter Thompson's Boomer division, JWT BOOM, the nation's leading mature market advertising and marketing company and led that firm's annual Boomer marketing event for five years. www.thebusinessofaging.com
About Michael Skaff, Jewish Senior Living Group
Michael Skaff is the Chief Information Officer for the Jewish Senior Living Group in San Francisco. Previously, Skaff was the Chief Operating Officer for the Masons of California, where he led the Technology, Communications and Member Services teams for this venerable healthcare and membership org. He has been named one of the Top Social CIOs on Twitter for 4 years in a row by the Huffington Post, and one of the Top 20 Most Innovative Midmarket CIOs by CRN.
SDI is a global strategic communications and public affairs firm based in Washington, D.C. For over 35 years the agency has provided advice and counsel to U.S. and foreign government agencies, multinationals, leading institutions, as well as business and government executives, and has created and delivered award-winning stakeholder campaigns. SDI's Special Events Team has been consistently recognized with the top awards in the industry and has co-produced four Silicon Valley Boomer Venture Summits with Mary Furlong. www.susandavis.com
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