Investors Choice Conference®

What is the Investors Choice® Conference?

The theme of this year’s conference is Growth. VentureCapital.Org seeks to help entrepreneurs make connections to capital in order to grow their businesses but that is only one part of the story. Growth requires developing new strategies, making connections with impactful advisors, and building the right team to realize success.

VentureCapital.Org launched the Investors Choice Conference in 1983. This year marks the organization’s 40 year anniversary, and we expect to host hundreds of investors, entrepreneurs, mentors, experts, and other capital sources from around the United States to celebrate. At the heart of Investors Choice is a pitch event where over 20 entrepreneurs who have graduated our exclusive mentoring program will begin to raise capital and pitch to our investors and capital providers, on our stage.

Investors Choice alumni companies have gone on to raise over $1.2 billion in angel and venture capital and over $10 billion in exits M&A or through IPO since 2009. During our 40 year history, 80% of our Alumni have either been acquired or are still in business. This is a great conference to find deal-flow as well as to make new connections and hope you will join us.

Brad Bertoch Ski Day at Solitude 2/23/2023:

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Registration Solitude Ski Resort

10:00 a.m. – 12:00p.m. Ski Race

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch / Networking


Opening Reception Schedule of Events 2/23/2023, 8 Settlers Distillery:

7321 Canyon Centre Pkwy, Cottonwood Heights, UT 84121

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Registration

7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Conference Remarks + Company Introductions + Ski Day Awards

8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Networking


Investors Choice Conference Schedule of Events 2/24/2023, The Grand America Hotel:

555 S Main St, Salt Lake City, UT 841118:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Registration

9:00 a.m. – 9:10 a.m. Opening Remarks (Tara Spalding)

9:10 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Morning Keynote: Gail Miller (Miller Family Foundation)

9:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Startup Presentations

12:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Lunch Keynotes: Economic Headwinds (Baie Netzer/Bank of America), VentureCapital.Org Special Announcement (Tara Spalding, VentureCapital.Org), Lunch Keynote (Trish Costello/Portfolia), and Trends in Term Sheets & Funding (Sebastian Quintero/Aumni)

1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Breakout Panel #1: Family Office Venture Investing: Equity and Debt

Moderator: Marcia Nelson, Managing Director President of Family Office Division, Freedom Capital and Chairman of the Board, VentureCapital.Org

Panel: Katherine Hill-Ritchie (TEDCO Venture Fund), Lawrence Jatsek (Tria Family Office), Grace Lovret (Franger), David Nielson (Kensington Stern).

1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Breakout Panel #2: The Anatomy of a Venture Capital Fund

Moderator: Paul Ahlstrom – IsoTalent

Panel: Paul Ahlstrom (IsoTalent/V Spring), Serene Papenfuss (Kickstart), Nick Singleton (AIM Ventura), Angela Smith (Origin Ventures), and Davis Warnock (Mercato)

2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Breakout Panel #3: Grant, Credits, and Foundation Capital

Moderator: Chris Badger (NowCFO)

Panel: Ginger Harris (B10 Capital), Dan Hemmert (Hem Co), Shawn Marchant (Tanner), Linda Cabrales (Utah Innovation Center)

2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Breakout Panel #4: Non-Dilutive Capital Sources

Moderator: David Stahl (Hillcrest Bank)

Panel: Kevin Learned (Sage Capital), Karol Patterson (Mountainlands Revolving Loan Fund), Marla Trollan (SBA), and Bill Kirth (Rectify Partners)

3:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Closing Keynote: R Ray Wang (Constellation Research)

4:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m VentureCapital.Org Awards and World Trade Center Utah Pathfinding Award Ceremony: David Carlebach (World Trade Center Utah) Tara Spalding and Marcia Nelson (VentureCapital.Org)

4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Networking Food + Drinks