In association with the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University

Breaking Boundaries: Differentiation in Private Equity and Venture Capital Markets

Wednesday, April 13, 2016
University Club of Chicago
Chicago, IL

Even by the standards of the intensely competitive market for private equity and venture capital, today’s market environment is particularly challenging. With deal valuations approaching record highs, strategy differentiation has become critical. An abundance of “dry powder” and an influx of new alternative capital providers has led firms to specialize within both industry verticals and investment themes where expertise can drive returns.

The 2016 Private Equity and Venture Capital Conference will address opportunities and challenges in the rapidly-changing industries of healthcare, energy, and technology, and evaluate alternative capital providers such as search funds and celebrity venture capitalists, among many other dynamic topics. Drawing on the insights of some of the market’s leading investors, portfolio company executives and industry consultants, the Conference will tackle some of the most pressing issues affecting today’s investing climate.

The 2016 conference is proud to feature Stephen G Woodsum, Co-Founder of Summit Partners and Tod Francis, Managing Director of Shasta Ventures as the conference keynote speakers. Our keynotes, as well as six panel discussions, will cover topics including:

  • Responding to the Unexpected: Redefining Strategy Post Investment
  • The Future of Investing in Energy
  • Investing in the Highly-Regulated and Rapidly Evolving World of Healthcare
  • Where are the Tech IPOs?
  •  Impact Investing: What is it and is it Effective?
  • The Evolution of the Angel Investor

This forum will also offer an invaluable opportunity for professionals, academics, students and alumni to explore the challenging issues surrounding private equity and venture capital, as well as to network with other industry professionals.


Contact Information

For questions or more information, please contact the 2016 Conference Co-chairs or Sponsorship Director: