Building the Business of Civic Tech

8:30 – 9:00am REGISTRATION

9:00am WELCOME by Stacy Donohue


9:40am TRENDS AND FORECASTING: The Rise of Civic Tech
Moderator: Micah Sifry
Panelists: Rachel Haot, Andrew Hoppin, Tom Steinberg, Anthony Townsend

This panel will explore the emergence of civic tech, where it is headed, and the opportunities for civic tech to have significant impact in public decision-making and government service delivery.  

10:25am BREAK

10:55am EARLY STAGE FUNDING: Where Do I Get My First Dollar?
Moderator: Julie Lein
Panelists: Rose Broome, Nick Bowden, Kuang Chen, Keya Dannenbaum

Where do entrepreneurs turn once they begin looking for their first dollar? Successful entrepreneurs will share their own journeys to answer the question that all early stage startups ask.  

Format: Breakouts       
  • Selling to Government       
  • Non-profit Sustainability       
  • Building Great Products Based on User Needs and Behavior  


1:40pm INVESTOR LANDSCAPE: Funding Civic Tech
Moderator: Sarayu Srinivasan
Panelists: Shaun Abrahamson, John Bracken, Stacy Donohue, Beth Engel

Investors will share their views on the funding environment and discuss the attributes of successful and fundable civic tech companies.    

2:25pm KATHRYN FINNEY, Government As the Investor Class

: Reimagining Citizen Engagement
Moderator: Aarti Shahani
Panelists: Jake Brewer, James Windon

Citizen engagement is often measured by voter turnout; however, engagement often looks much different than voting in elections. In this session, Jake Brewer and James Windon will explore how and Brigade are thinking about citizen engagement as we gear up for the 2016 election and beyond.

3:20pm BREAK

3:40pm GOVERNMENT: Opportunities When Government is Your Customer
Moderator: Nigel Jacob
Panelists: Story Bellows, Ben Hecht, Erika Smith, Minerva Tantoco

Government staffers and successful civic tech entrepreneurs will discuss the opportunities to serve government customers and the ways in which governments are proactively engaging with civic tech companies.  


4:55pm CLOSING REMARKS by Stacy Donohue

5:00 – 6:30pm RECEPTION 

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    Event Details
    Tuesday, April 14, 2015

    Registration: 8:30am-9:00am
    Program:      9:00am-5:00pm
    Reception:    5:00pm-6:30pm

    Civic Hall
    156 5th Avenue 
    New York, NY 10010

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