BERKELEY, Calif., May 1, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The 16th annual Silicon Valley Boomer Venture Summit and Business Plan Competition will return to the Claremont Club and Spa June 5th and 6th. The theme "Design, Innovation and Investment in the Longevity Marketplace," is produced by Mary Furlong & Associates (MFA). The Summit is the longest running event for entrepreneurs and investors in the $7.6 trillion longevity market. This year's Summit is executive produced by Mary Furlong and co-produced by Lori Bitter, President/Senior Strategist for The Business of Aging, and Julia Rasooly, CEO and Founder of PuraCath Medical Inc.
The 2019 Summit features two pitch events. The Silicon Valley Boomer Venture Summit Business Plan Competition is for emerging companies to pitch their ideas to a diverse panel of judges for feedback, funding and for one, a $10,000 prize. The deadline to submit plans is May 10 at 5 p.m. ET. The judges include angel investors, early stage and growth stage firms, and distribution partners all focused on investment in the longevity economy. This includes: John Hopper, Chief Investment Officer for Link·Age Longevity Fund, LP; Jake Nice, a Senior Associate at Nationwide Ventures; Scott Smith, Founder and Managing Partner of Viant Group; Katy Fike, founding partner of Generator Ventures and co-founder of Aging 2.0; and Dr. Allison Sekuler, Managing Director of the Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation (CABHI). Past winners and finalists include Embodied Labs, Vynca, Noctrix Health and PetPlan. Details on the Competition are HERE.
"The Summit has opened the door to a number of investment opportunities for us," said John Hopper, Chief Investment Officer of the Ziegler Link·Age Funds. "The investment portfolio of our Ziegler Link·Age Funds includes a combined six companies whose leadership teams we met or enhanced our relationships with at the Summit. This is a great conference for innovative companies and it is a "must attend" event for us."
For the second year, the Boomer Venture Summit will host the Silicon Valley Innovation Competition sponsored by AARP Innovation Labs. Companies focused on promoting financial empowerment and resilience through solutions that leverage social connections are invited to apply to pitch. The winner will be chosen by AARP members and Summit attendees. The winning team will go on to the final AARP Innovation Hatchery Pitch Event in Washington DC in the fall of 2019. Find the details and apply HERE. The 2018 winner, Carrie Shaw of Embodied Labs, went on to win the national competition in Washington this past fall.
"I launched the Silicon Valley Boomer Venture Summit to give entrepreneurs and start-up companies access to capital and other needed resources, and I am delighted to host the Silicon Valley Innovation Competition sponsored by AARP Innovation Labs for the second time," said Mary Furlong, MFA President and the Summit's Executive Producer. "Our competition winners have an impressive track record of success and we are proud to be a part of their launch into the longevity marketplace."
Event sponsors include:
- Platinum Sponsors: United Healthcare, AARP, The Business of Aging
- Gold Sponsors: GreatCall, Sodexo, CDW, Lacuna Health, CareLinx, Centre For Aging + Brain Health Innovation (CABHI)
- Silver Sponsors: Embodied Labs, Link·Age, Posit Science, TripleTree, It's Never 2 Late, Nationwide Ventures, WAHVE (Work At Home Vintage Experts), LifePod
Media Partners Include: GreytSites.com, The Business of Aging, Aging in Place Technology Watch.
About Mary Furlong & Associates/Mary Furlong
Founded in 2003, Mary Furlong & Associates is a strategy, business development, marketing and public relations/strategic communications firm headquartered in San Francisco. Prior to forming MFA, Mary Furlong founded SeniorNet in 1986 and ThirdAge Media in 1996. She received the American Society on Aging Leadership Award, among other honors and recognitions, and authored "Turning Silver into Gold: How to Profit in the New Boomer Marketplace."
For the past 16 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.
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