National sponsors

About SAP

SAP is at the center of today’s technology revolution. The market leader in enterprise application software, SAP helps organizations fight the damaging effects of complexity, generate new opportunities for innovation and growth, and stay ahead of the competition. For more information, visit


About Merrill Corporation

Merrill Corporation helps clients worldwide successfully navigate the secure sharing of their most sensitive content. We offer cloud-based solutions for corporate content collaboration, regulated communications and disclosure.

Merrill Corporation provides a range of offerings to companies and their advisors to navigate all types of financial disclosure, including initial public offerings and other capital markets transactions; as well as periodic reporting and other shareholder communications.

Our award-winning virtual data room, Merrill DataSite®, simplifies the buy-side and sell-side M&A due diligence process. We handle the most complex SEC and global regulatory filings; and deliver precise and compliant marketing and communications for the financial, insurance and healthcare industries.

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About the Kauffman Foundation

Based in Kansas City, Mo., the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation works in education and entrepreneurship to create uncommon solutions and empower people to shape their futures and be successful. We work with entrepreneurs, connecting them to resources and working to break down barriers that stand in the way of starting and growing their businesses. In addition, we work with communities and support educators to open doors for students by investing in quality programs that support their success from pre-kindergarten to college. For more information, visit, and follow the Foundation on Twitter @kauffmanfdn and Facebook at



Forum sponsor

About Steelcase Inc.

For over 100 years, Steelcase Inc. has helped create great experiences for the world's leading organizations, across industries. We demonstrate this through our family of brands - including Steelcase®, Coalesse®, Designtex®, Details®, PolyVision® and Turnstone®. Together, they offer a comprehensive portfolio of architecture, furniture and technology products and services designed to unlock human promise and support social, economic and environmental sustainability. We are globally accessible through a network of channels, including over 800 dealer locations. Steelcase is a global, industry-leading and publicly traded company with fiscal 2015 revenue of $3.1 billion.

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Session sponsor

About Woodruff-Sawyer

Woodruff-Sawyer is the insurance broker of choice for high-growth private, IPO & public companies. We represented about 35% of California-based IPOs priced from 2010-2016. We are especially well-known for our D&O liability and cyber-liability practices. As one of the nation’s largest independent brokers, we support clients worldwide with effective insurance, employee benefits and risk management solutions. For more information, visit