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About SAP
SAP is at the center of today’s technology revolution, developing innovations that not only help businesses run like never before, but also improve the lives of people everywhere. As the market leader in enterprise application software, we help companies of all sizes and industries run better. From back office to boardroom, warehouse to storefront, desktop to mobile device – SAP empowers people and organizations to work together more efficiently and use business insight more effectively to stay ahead of the competition. SAP applications and services enable more than 248,500 customers to operate profitably, adapt continuously, and grow sustainably. For more information, visit www.sap.com.



About the Kauffman Foundation
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is a private nonpartisan foundation that works to harness the power of entrepreneurship and innovation to grow economies and improve human welfare. The Kauffman Foundation aims to open young people's eyes to the possibility of entrepreneurship, promote entrepreneurship education, raise awareness of entrepreneurship-friendly policies, and find alternative pathways for the commercialization of new knowledge and technologies.

The Foundation also focuses on initiatives in the Kansas City region to advance students’ math and science skills and improve the educational achievement of urban students. For more information and to follow the Foundation on Facebook and Twitter, visit www.kauffman.org.


Forum sponsors


About Steelcase Inc.

For more than 100 years, Steelcase has been bringing human insight to business by studying how people work, wherever they work. Those insights can help organizations achieve a higher level of performance, by creating places that unlock the promise of their people. Our goal is to help organizations create spaces that support how they work. Our passion is to help people love how they work. For more information, visit www.steelcase.com.


Session sponsors 


About Barclays

Barclays moves, lends, invests and protects money for customers and clients worldwide. With over 300 years of history and expertise in banking, we operate in over 50 countries and employ over 140,000 people. We provide large corporate, government and institutional clients with a full spectrum of solutions to their strategic advisory, financing and risk management needs. Our clients also benefit from access to the breadth of expertise across Barclays. We’re one of the largest financial services providers in the world, and are also engaged in retail banking, credit cards, corporate banking, and wealth and investment management. Barclays offers premier investment banking products and services to its clients through Barclays Bank PLC. For more information, visit www.barclays.com.


About Cooley LLP

With roots in Silicon Valley and an international network of offices and clients, Cooley attorneys are regarded as premier counselors to venture-backed companies striving to reach the next stage of growth by accessing the public capital markets. We regularly represent both issuers and underwriters in IPOs, follow-on offerings, PIPEs and a range of debt financings. Our issuer side practice ranks 2nd nationally based on the number of IPOs completed since 1996. In addition, we have represented investment banks as the underwriters of more than 150 offerings. Recent high-profile IPOs include Zynga, Yelp, Millennial Media and Enphase Energy as issuer counsel and LinkedIn, Tangoe, Proto Labs and Vocera Communications as underwriter counsel. For more information, visit www.cooley.com.


About Solomon Edwards

As a national business advisory and staffing solutions firm, SolomonEdwards understands and celebrates the success of entrepreneurs. Our customized solutions provide companies with the right combination of talent and expertise to achieve their business objectives. We assist with public offering readiness and execution, transaction support and integration, business process improvement, finance and accounting optimization and regulatory compliance requirements. We operate in seven major cities and maintain a global network of partners to serve clients through business advisory, interim staffing and professional search. SolomonEdwards is not a registered public accounting firm. For more information, visit www.solomonedwards.com

Square 1 Bank

About Square 1 Bank

Square 1 Bank is a full-service commercial bank dedicated exclusively to serving the financial needs of the venture capital community and entrepreneurs in all stages of growth and expansion. Square 1’s expertise, focus and strong capital base provide solid support for its clients, offering tailored products and solutions for the particular needs of entrepreneurs. From the latest in convenient, technology-based banking to the banker you’ll know as a partner, Square 1 believes that a banking relationship should be anticipatory, responsive and active. Square 1 has offices coast to coast in Austin, Boston, Boulder, Durham, McLean, New York, San Diego, Santa Monica, Seattle and Silicon Valley. For more information, visit www.square1bank.com.


Woodruff Sawyer

About Woodruff Sawyer

Representing over 40% of California-based IPOs that have priced since 2010, Woodruff-Sawyer is the insurance broker of choice for high-growth private, IPO & public companies. Supporting clients world-wide with effective insurance, employee benefits and risk management solutions—and especially well-known for its D&O liability and cyber-liability practices—Woodruff-Sawyer is one of the nation’s largest independent brokers. For more information, visit www.wsandco.com


Print sponsor


About Merrill DataSite®

Merrill DataSite is a secure virtual data room (VDR) solution optimizing the due diligence process by providing an efficient and secure method for sharing key business information between multiple parties. Merrill DataSite provides unlimited access for users worldwide, as well as real-time activity reports, site-wide search at the document level, enhanced communications through the Q&A feature and superior project management service — all of which reduce transaction time and expense. Merrill DataSite’s multilingual support staff is available around the world, 24/7, and can have your VDR up and running with thousands of pages loaded within 24 hours or less. Visit www.datasite.com for more information or to schedule a demo.


Golf sponsor

RBC Capital Markets

About RBC Capital Markets
RBC Capital Markets is a premier investment bank that provides a focused set of products and services to corporations, institutional investors and governments around the world. With more than 7,300 professionals, we operate out of 70 offices in 15 countries across North America, the U.K., Europe, and the Asia-Pacific region.

We work with clients in over 100 countries around the globe to deliver the expertise and execution required to raise capital, access markets, mitigate risk and acquire or dispose of assets. According to Bloomberg and Dealogic, we are consistently ranked among the largest global investment banks. For more information, visit www.rbccm.com