7th Annual GVF Brings together Data Innovations best & brightest

The seventh edition of the Global Venture Forum (GVF) will continue the data innovation theme of prior years with official program beginning May 3 in San Francisco and UC Berkeley. Pre-party “CXOs that will Change the World” at Berkeley will be held at Free House on Bancroft and “We are the Technology we Seek” after-party in Calistoga hosted by Winmax Global Data Engineers.

See last year’s event here.

The GVF was founded by six Berkeley University alumni in 2013 to support cooperation between international entrepreneurs, the next generation of talent and senior industry leaders from leading brands. We invite industry and boutiques active in AI, Data Engineering, Blockchain and other data-intensive domains to join as a Pathway (Industry Domain) or Gateway (Ecosystem) partner.

In 2019 GVF is attracting some of industries leading digital transformation leaders including Raj Yarlagadda, VP Digital at Kohl’s and the guy behind Kohl’s mercurial growth from 400m to 4b in online revenue. We will hear industry-specific use cases for unlocking the value of data from Charis Kaskiris, Principal Data Scientist from Autodesk (also speaking at North Star AI in Tallinn this March) and Rainer Sternfeld, VP Data Platforms at Intertrust. Rainer noteably is the frmr CEO of 2014 GVF Top Scaleup Planet OS from Estonia.

This year continues the emphasis data innovation tech companies (in AI, Data Orchestration, SaaS, Blockchain, Mobility, IoT, Robotics) from Europe, the United States and Asia that differentiate, disrupt and/or scale.

The Top 25 emerging data tech companies between seed and series B stages were selected this year with the help of a dozen domain and industry advisors. Nominations for the final seats for data innovation-minded VCs and Corporates, as well as scaleups between 0m and 20m ARR can be submitted until April 5th.

This is the seventh year of GVF has supported the next generation of leaders via the Berkeley MBA AI Fellowship, researching the current views of roadmap for smart tech, and invites data science undergraduate and graduate students from Universities of Technology in Eindhoven, Lodz, Krakow and other top data engineering hubs.

And we welcome North Star AI the New Nordics leading Applied Machine Learning, the Startup Europe Partnership and Winmax Global Data Engineers as Gateway partners.

Past years have included the heads of Corporate Development, Investment and Strategy from brands like AdobeSoftware AGeBaySAPOracleSandiskQualcomm VenturesMicrosoft Ventures and VCs like Earlybird, Andreessen Horowitz, Index VenturesBay PartnersUS Venture PartnersHighland Ventures.

The Global Venture Forum is one program organized by the Global Venture Exchange, enabling cooperation between industry leaders, best and brightest emerging companies and the next generation of talent.

katherine Cochrane