Bringing together leaders of Corporate, Government and University Venturing all under one roof.

Half Moon Bay, San Francisco, California

Wed, October 8th, 2014

Triple Helix Venturing for the longer term is a one day confernece designed to bring together thought-leaders from three key ecosystems – corporations, universities and governments – for the sharing of best practice with their VC and entrepreneurial peers translating technology into the next generation of fast-growing businesses. This one day conference, plus dinner, runs in parallel to the larger Venture Alpha West conference organised by Thomson Reuters.

Questions addressed throughout this engaging event include:

  • How can the global challenges to the digital sphere be turned into growth opportunities within healthcare, the natural environment and other areas facing disruptive forces?
  • How can the Triple Helix create a better mode of coordination to enhance productivity, output and innovation, and what are the challenges to universities, businesses and government?
  • How can the Triple Helix build innovative markets, places and networks, and what are the challenges to open innovation, demand and business models?
  • How can the Triple Helix build more innovation-friendly financial institutions, and what are the challenges to the business of banking in driving innovation and entrepreneurship, especially in SMEs?
  • How can the Triple Helix enhance universities as interactive partners in our innovation systems, and what are the challenges to the absorptive capacity of academic knowledge within firms and by other users?
  • How can the Triple Helix enhance skills for innovation, and what are the challenges to management and leadership skills for high growth firms?
  • How can public action drive innovation in the private sector, and what are the challenges to public procurement, as well as intellectual property management and IPR policies?
  • How can the Triple Helix enhance place-based innovations, and what is the role of local innovation systems and local key institutions to build and accelerate regional clusters?

With approximately 100-150 venture capitalists expected from the government university and corporate sectors, this event will provide you with a fantastic opportunity to learn from the leading lights of this complicated part of the industry

The Agenda So Far:


7:00                        Registration & Breakfast Opens

8:00                        Welcome Remarks

8:15                        Plenary Keynote 1: TBA

8:50                        Plenary Keynote 2: TBA

9:25                        Plenary Keynote Panel: TBA

10:00                     Networking Coffee Break

10.30                     Open for Triple Helix Venturing: James Mawson, editor-in-chief

10.35                     Keynote: Erik Vermeulen, Philips/Tilberg University

Recipes for creating a startup ecosystem – the triple helix is not enough as you need to add the venture capital.

11.00                     Panel: Collaboration or competition in venture


Nagraj Kashyap, Qualcomm Ventures


Russ Conser, ex-Shell, now Houston, Texas                   

Mary Kay James, DuPont Ventures

Michael Fox, MIT

Bob Ackerman, Allegis Capital

11.45                     Panel: Regional and cultural impressions on triple helix models


Phil Wickham, Kauffman Fellows


US: Laurent Le Gourrierec, Alcatel

Europe: Frederic Hanika, Software AG

Asia: James Caruso, JNC

RoW: Cory Steffek, Saudi Arabia Energy Ventures

12.30                     Plenary Lunch

2.00                        Fireside chat: Gareth Keane, Qualcomm

2.40                        Panel: Funding Innovation for the longer-term


John Martin, Baker Botts (TBC)


George Foster, Stanford,

Davorin Kuchan, Capbridge

Errol Arkelic, Mach 64, ex-SBIR

Michael Madison, Sozo

3.30                        Networking Coffee Break

4.00                        Unpanels (moderated roundtable discussions):

Topics to be confirmed

5.00                        Keynote: Jim Spohrer and Wendy Lung, IBM

IBM insiders: bringing together ventures, governments, academia and corporations together to manage through the fourth-wave technological disruption.

5.25                        Round up: James Mawson, GCV

5.30                        Networking Cocktail Reception

7.00                        Close

For more information please contact David Jenkins at

Ticket Type Price Early Bird Price Super Early Bird Price
(Expires August 19th) (Expires July 15th)
Corporate Venture Capital and Venture Capital delegate pass $995 $895 $795
University, Government, Not for profit $695 $595 $495