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Silicon Valley Area Events

The CIE is pleased to share Silicon Valley event attendance opportunities from our community partners like the Churchill Club, SD Forum, CCICE, and others.  Students enrolled in the Undergraduate or Graduate Entrepreneurship Program receive advance notice of these offers,  discounts or free tickets. 

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2013-2014 SV Area Events


 Plug and Play SCU Startup Event

Wednesday, September 18, 2013
4-6 pm, Plug and Play Tech Center

Plug and Play invites SCU student startups to a networking and practice pitch feedback session.  The keynote speaker will be Tim Draper, Founder and Managing Director of DFJ.  Panelists will include Tom Kelly, CEO of Moxie Software and SCU LEAD Business Elective Instructor Theresa Strickland. 

Interested in sharing your startup story with an opportunity for pitch feedback?  Forward a brief description of your business to fellow Bronco and Plug and Play summer intern Christine Bohannon at  Christine will follow up with the necessary details.  Good luck and enjoy!


GABA: Global Women's Journey

March 14, 2013 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
ebay, 2065 Hamilton Ave, San Jose, CA

Women continue to make significant progress across the world. Around the globe, highly educated and ambitious women are pouring into the labor market. In the next ten years, more than one billion women are expected to enter the workforce or start their own businesses.

Our Global Women’s Journey series has been featuring inspiring discussions with foreign-born female leaders who are rising to the top as entrepreneurs, middle or upper level managers. Join BayBrazil, GABA, SVForum & WITI to hear the stories of women leaders who have made it in the diverse Silicon Valley. Celebrate the international women’s day and learn how women are progressing regardless of race and ethnicity.

Cost: $20 members, $29 GABA Partners (Promotion Code Churchill Club members: GABA12) |


Startups Beware: How to Prevent a July 1st Privacy Disaster

What You Need to Know about New Laws to Avoid Becoming a Casualty of the User Data War

Thursday, March 14, 2013 | 6-8pm

Parisoma, 169 11th Street 
San Francisco, CA 94103

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July 1 is when the FTC new enforcements go into effect for the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, which includes bringing geolocation, cookies & behavioral targeting explicitly within its rules.  These amendments have critical implications for mobile app developers, social networking services and ad networks. Ask PATH, who was fined $800,000 for violating COPPA.  This panel helps startups determine how to negotiate the new laws and find a delicate balance of earning a profit and providing a meaningful service. Also discussed will be the best approach for handling proposed privacy or TOS changes.

Startup Blueprint Overview - Idea to First Customer

March 14, 2013 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Hanhai Investments, 97 E. Brokaw Road, Suite 210, San Jose, CA

You are a consultant, engineer, marketer, or someone with a bright idea. How do you evaluate your idea and evolve it into a detailed business plan? Our March speaker, Krishna Uppuluri, will take his engineering entrepreneurial concepts and translate them into consulting entrepreneurship blueprints.

The seminar will focus on the business lifecycle and will include analysis of ideas, founding team dynamics, marketing, sales, and funding - with particular emphasis on consulting services business. The goal of this seminar is to provide a few degrees of early correction to demonstrate how entrepreneurs can avoid many degrees of deviation, later, during their entrepreneurial flight. | (800) 747-2822 |


TiE Partner Event – Infusionsoft Innovation Summit & Awards

Friday, March 15, 2013 | 8-11:30am
SF Mission Bay Auditorium, UCSF

Infusionsoft, the all-in-one sales and marketing software system dedicated to helping small businesses succeed, is hosting the Innovation Summit & Awards Breakfast to celebrate, recognize, and reward the success of entrepreneurs innovating right here in the Bay Area and making a contribution to Northern California's economic growth.

Don't miss the Keynote Speaker, Hal Halladay, entrepreneur and CEO of several innovative tech companies, a panel of Innovative Speakers from GOOGLE, SKYPE, GROSOCIAL, YELP, TRUSTGUARD, hot breakfast buffet, exhibitors, networking, and awards all for $25!

Check out the full agenda and register today! Agenda & Registration


TOCS: Terry Winograd, Professor Emeritus of Computer Science at Stanford University

March 19, 2013 | 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley, NASA Research Park Bldg 23, Moffett Field, CA

Each week, the Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley campus presents a different speaker who will give a talk on relevant computing and technology topics.


IT Security Entrepreneurs' Forum (ITSEF)

March 19-20, 2013
Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center, 326 Galvez Street, Stanford, CA

The SINET 7th Annual IT Security Entrepreneurs' Forum (ITSEF) is the only Cybersecurity forum designed to connect the ecosystem of the entrepreneur. SINET programs are designed to build communities of interest and trust between the Federal Government, system integration, private industry, venture capital, investment bank, academic, science, policy and entrepreneurial entities. Our programs are supported by the Department of Homeland Security - Science & Technology Directorate - as well as corporate and public sponsorships. Enhance your role in the Cybersecurity Ecosystem by engaging with Federal Government and industry executives, learn the needs, requirements and direction the Federal Government is headed, meet new and innovative early stage & emerging growth companies. Be part of the solution and join us as we advance innovation by connecting the investors, builders, buyers and researchers...

Churchill Club Affiliate Rate: $100 Off (CODE: Churchill2013)


ProformaTECH 2013

March 20, 2013
Hyatt Regency, San Francisco Airport, 1333 Bayshore Highway, Burlingame, CA

Proformative, the premier knowledge-sharing community for chief financial officers and corporate finance leaders, is sponsoring ProformaTECH 2013, the technology conference for finance, accounting and treasury professionals. ProformaTECH 2013 combines educational sessions, best practices and expert advice with a showcase of real-world applications across multiple technologies and industries.

For more information on educational sessions and to register, please go to | (408) 400-3993 |


Understanding the Value of Your Patent Portfolio

March 20, 2013 | 11:30am - 2pm
Carr & Ferrell LLP, 120 Constitution Drive, Menlo Park, CA

The value of patent portfolios is often shrouded in mystery, due to the lack of transparency associated with IP transactions. This multidisciplinary panel will provide a practical guide to understanding the value of a company's patent portfolio from the viewpoint of a variety of stakeholders, and present a rounded view of the methods applied and factors considered in the valuation and assessment of patents as they relate to the corporate IP holder.

Churchill Club Affiliate Pre-Registered Rate: $45
| (408) 834-6434 |


Structure:Data 2013

March 20-21, 2013
Hyatt Regency, San Francisco Airport, 1333 Bayshore Highway, Burlingame, CA

Put Data to Work – Learn how to make the most of the data revolution at Structure:Data. Join 700 of your peers and hear 60+ of the smartest data minds around as they share how they are planning for the future, building DaaP, improving management and infrastructure, and using human intelligence to improve and scale machine learning.

Get $100 off here.


Big Data Analytics Conference: Between Now and 2020

Thursday, March 21
8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
SAP, Palo Alto, CA

According to IDC, the big data market will grow from $3.2 billion in 2010 to $16.9 billion by 2015. This growth represents a massive opportunity for startups and large IT Vendors alike. The development of data science, more powerful tools for analysis, virtualization, and cost is changing the face of data. What is the investment landscape and trends to watch for in 2013? Check out the agenda and speaker list. For demo table opportunities, please contact Nathalie Mariano at

Price: $99 SVForum Members; $149 Non-Members. Additional $40 for Walk-ins.


SVForum Big Data Analytics - Between Now and 2020

Thursday, March 21, 2013 | 8am-3:30pm

3410 Hillview Avenue, Building 1
Palo Alto, California  94304  

According to IDC, the big data market will grow from $3.2 billion in 2010 to $16.9 billion by 2015. This growth represents a massive opportunity for startups and large IT Vendors alike.  The development of data science, more powerful tools for analysis, virtualization, and cost is changing the face of data. What is the investment landscape and trends to watch for in 2013? Where are the top business opportunities? How are enterprise executives approaching big data? Why the need for real-time analytic tools? Should you build a data science team? Come listen and meet the experts in the exciting field of big data.  

Contact if you have further questions.


GABA: Social Gaming in the Enterprise

March 21, 2013 | 6-9pm
SAP, 3410 Hillview Ave, Building 1, Palo Alto, CA

Enterprises are discovering gamification as a way to engage their employees and make work more fun. By using game mechanics and game design techniques in business applications, boring tasks become interesting, and many metrics improve dramatically.

Topics to be discussed:
- What is behind gamification?
- Why does it work?
- How is it done?
- What are good examples of gamification at work, but also what is the dark side of gamification?

These questions and more will be discussed and answered in this event by a panel of experts from technology providers, IT companies, and "players."

Cost: $20 members, $29 GABA Partners (Promotion Code Churchill Club members: GABA12


Advanced Email Marketing

Thursday, March 21 | 2:15-4:15pm
Instructor: Laurie B. Beasley

Register: DMAnc Member ($175) or DMAnc Non-Member ($225)

Power up your email marketing to maximize business profits. This class presents winning marketing strategies for acquiring and retaining customers in a world of crowded email inboxes, mobile viewers and spam filters. We'll talk about how to use Social Media to build email lists, registrations, and sales. How to implement triggered and nurture email strategies. How to design emails for Mobile users and use responsive design. We'll discuss opt-in and list building techniques plus creative and design tips to get emails noticed and opened. We'll share offer strategies, personalization and segmentation strategies. Plus, landing page and website optimization to increase conversion to sale.  

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Advanced B2B Demand Generation

Thursday, March 21 | 4:30-6:30pm
Instructor: Laurie B. Beasley

Register: DMAnc Member ($175) or DMAnc Non-Member ($225)

After spending large sums on lead acquisition, only a small percentage of companies effectively close business from leads. This session will explore the top four challenges companies face in effectively managing their lead generation – and how to solve them. This workshop is very practical and tactical and you'll come away with solid action items to optimize your lead generation campaigns. You will learn about:

  • How to optimize your marketing channels to get enough qualified leads, without breaking the bank
  • How to plan better by using a Reverse Sales Funnel calculation and creating Go-to-Marketing plans
  • How to effectively market to multiple decision makers using segmentation and relevance factors
  • How to manage multi-media, by using each to their maximum benefit

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TOCS: Jeany Stein, CEO of Select2Gather

March 26, 2013 | 1:30-2:30pm
Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley, NASA Research Park Bldg 23, Moffett Field, CA

Each week, the Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley campus presents a different speaker who will give a talk on relevant computing and technology topics.


Technology and Transformation: Vishal Sikka and Alan Kay, in conversation with Paul Saffo

March 26, 2013

Alan Kay Computing Pioneer; Founder, Viewpoints Research Institute
Vishal Sikka, Member of the SAP Executive Board; Head of Technology & Innovation, SAP
Moderator: Paul Saffo, Managing Director of Foresight, Discern Analytics

Time: 5:30 PM Registration | 6:00 Dinner | 7:00 PM Program
Location: Four Seasons Hotel | Directions

Digital technology has been profoundly transforming business for the last couple of decades—and it's accelerating. Two prominent technologists of our time discuss their views of what's happening, and what they believe is the trajectory of the future. Vishal Sikka is the key executive responsible for innovating one of the largest business software companies in the world. Alan Kay is a legendary human-computer interaction and personal computing pioneer, who famously said, "the best way to predict the future is to invent it." Don't miss this provocative and illuminating conversation led by respected futurist Paul Saffo.

Advance Price: Member $73 | Nonmember $95
On-site Price: Member $98 | Nonmember $120


2013 Bay Area Biomedical Device Conference

March 27, 2013 | 7:45am - 5:30pm
San Jose State University, Student Union Building, One Washington Square, San Jose, CA

The SJSU Chapter of BMES is proud to announce that a truly impressive ensemble of speakers, representing the multiple facets of biomedical device development, will be speaking at the 2013 Bay Area Biomedical Device Conference. Featured topics include: Transplantable Organs, Photonics in Medicine, FDA Regulatory Affairs, Personalized Molecular Diagnostics, and Neurally Controlled Devices. The conference also welcomes two new professional panels on "The Changing Landscape for Medical Devices" and "Healthcare Economics". Attendees can cap off their day with a wine and cheese networking reception. |


Ideas Economy: Innovation 2013 | Redefining the Speed of Business

March 28, 2013 | 9am-7pm
Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley

On March 28th, join The Economist editors at the Ideas Economy: Innovation Forum. Learn from celebrated innovators—the chief strategy, information, technology, marketing and human capital officers of some of the world’s most admired companies. They will be discussing how to leverage innovation to create growth and to build cultures of risk taking, fast failure, and "pivot”; the financial models that power ideas in the short term and also encourage investment for the long term; the art, science and the latest best practices of innovation management; and more.

Senior executives responsible for driving innovation and growth in organizations across industries and sectors will be participating in lively, thought-provoking discussions of new processes, technologies, and financial models that will enable you to redefine the speed of your business.

The Churchill Club community is invited to register with code SO-TCC to save $500 off the standard registration fee.


 HTML5 Developers Conference April 2013

Monday, April 1 at 8am - Tuesday, April 2 at 6pm

Held at the iconic Palace Hotel in San Francisco, CA

Join the largest HTML5 and JavaScript conference in the world!

  • Tracks on Javascript, HTML5, Apps & Games, cloud and mobile with renowned speakers and leading edge sessions 

Tickets, as always, are transferable and non-refundable.

We are excited as this is our strongest technical line-up ever and one of the best if not the best in the world for tech talks. Going to be amazing brainpower at this conference .. be there!

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1 Day Course | Diagnostics Briefing

Learn the Science Driving the Biotech and Pharma Industries

April 2, 2013 | 9:00am - 4:30pm   Register Today!

Diagnostics Briefing is a one-day class exploring the growing role of diagnostics within the biotech industry. Participants will learn about a range of different diagnostic tests and their indications as well as the basic science behind their development, culminating in a detailed overview of the approval process for diagnostic devices. The course will also include an introduction to concepts specific to the diagnostic sector, including sensitivity, specificity, false positives and false negatives, as well as a discussion of current issues impacting the sector.

Latham & Watkins
140 Scott Drive,
Menlo Park, CA 94025

$595 for BayBio Members     $695 for Non-Members  

Class Agenda
Deliverables: A reference manual containing all presentation slides, certificate of attendence. Lunch will be served.


Silicon Valley's "Secret Sauce"

April 2, 2013

Sandra Kurtzig, Chairman & CEO, Kenandy
Deborah Perry Piscione Founder & CEO, Desha Productions; Author, "Secrets of Silicon Valley"
Additional Speakers, TBA
Moderator: Michael Malone, Author, Journalist

Time: 6:00 PM Registration | 6:00 PM Hors d'Oeuvres | 7:00 PM Program
Location: Silicon Valley Bank | Directions

An updated, behind-the-scenes look at the magic of Silicon Valley. What can other regions learn today from the innovation capital of the world? What can they emulate? What should they avoid? Join moderator Mike Malone, famed author and journalist; speakers Deborah Perry Piscione, entrepreneur & author of "Secrets of Silicon Valley"; Sandra Kurtzig, Chairman & CEO of Kenandy, one of Silicon Valley's first female chief executives and the first one to take a technology company public, and others TBD for this enlightening discussion.

Advance Price: Member $35 | Nonmember $60
On-site Price: Member $45 | Nonmember $70



April 29-30 | Palace Hotel | San Francisco, CA

The Deloitte Recap ALLICENSE™ meeting brings together leading biopharma dealmakers and industry leaders in an open, collaborative forum designed to encourage debate and tackle the significant challenges facing dealmaking teams today. ALLICENSE has become a landmark partnering conference for sharing cutting-edge insights that help shape the future of biopharma business development. Celebrating its 17th year, this year's forum will examine many facets of the evolving relationship between biotech, big pharma, VCs, academia, and payers. See Agenda

Registration rates:    REGISTER NOW!
Early Bird Rate (ends February 1, 2013): USD $1,706
General Rate: USD $2,275
Academic / Non-Profit: USD $1,137
Team: 30% off additional registrations from the same company (to register as a team, email Megan Harter)


Silicon Valley Open Doors - SVOD'13

June 10, 2013, 8:30am – 9:00pm  
June 11, 2013, 9:30am – 5:00pm  

Computer History Museum
1401 N Shoreline Blvd, Mountain View, CA 94043

SVOD is a premier Silicon Valley conference that brings together startups, successful entrepreneurs, angel investors and top venture capitalists, attracting 500+ attendees from all over the world. This year's SVOD will bring you even more demos from the hottest startups, more insights from the industry leaders, unique access to a variety of pre-selected young entrepreneurs and unprecedented unscripted conversations with Venture Capital leaders.

With this year's theme "Ignite!" the event is guaranteed to re-ignite your passion and supercharge your creative juices for the rest of the year. You and your team members will leave inspired by our featured legendary speakers: Leroy Chiao, Ph.D.,a preeminent scientist, astronaut, and entrepreneu, and Pitch Johnson, Founder of Asset Management Co.

SVOD's other highlights include workshops conducted by leading venture capitalists, Stanford University professors, successful entrepreneurs, and other top experts in the areas of finance, business development, design, product launch, and general management.

Visit SVOD website at to see the full list of SVOD'13 speakers and events. Please use code TEC for courtesy 10% discount:

Changing the Game: Power (n)

Thursday September 26th at 8:00am in Santa Clara, CA

Power informs our history and literature. It defines our professional and social relationships. It provides—or denies—us access, information, influence and wealth. But power is fickle, and fleeting. We live in a rare moment: in the past, shifts in power, whether economic, political or technological, occurred periodically; the term status quo is not without irony. Today, power emerges in new ways, from unexpected sources, at all times. But understanding the means by which power is created and wielded defines who Changes the Game.

Churchill Club proudly announces its third annual Changing the Game event, Power(n). Hear from visionaries who have changed our world, interact with companies who are authoring the future, contribute your own ideas, and power up a level via our range of power training workshops.

For more information and to register, please see the following link.



Thursday September 26th @ 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Santa Clara Marriott

On the evening of September 26th, the Churchill Club will present, the Churchills, an annual event meant to draw inspiration from extraordinary achievements in the areas of innovation, social benefit, collaboration, and leadership. By highlighting excellence, the goal of The Churchills is to inspire others to pursue innovation that can result in economic and globally beneficial growth.

The areas of excellence are:

Game Changer: For indispensable technology and business innovation
Spirit of the award: "You changed how things are done or viewed and there's no going back"
Global Benefactor: For irrepressible vision and positive impact on society
Spirit of the award: "Thanks for thinking big"
Magical Team: For collaborative breakthroughs resulting in an irresistible product
Spirit of the award: "You guys nailed it"
Legendary Leader: For inspirational leadership and contributions to others' innovation and
Spirit of the award: "Couldn't have done it without you"

Selection Process for The Churchills
Nominations were submitted by the Churchill Club Academy, a group of 500 distinguished business and technology executives and professionals, investors, entrepreneurs, academics, and members of the press. The Academy voted on the entire list of nominations submitted and an internal selection committee reviewed the votes and finalized the top nominees.

For more information and to register, please see the following link.
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Silicon Valley Event Archive

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