Bricleir | Building a Startup Support Ecosystem: The Future of

Building a Startup Support Ecosystem: The Future of Funding, Managing, and Exiting

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Thursday, September 16, 2021

12:00 PM - 01:00 PM PDT


Hear from Bricleir experts on the importance of building a startup support ecosystem and the future of funding, managing, and exiting.

This pandemic has been a blessing and a curse for startups. It has been well-documented that startups born outside of the vicinity of investment and innovation hubs are at a severe disadvantage of obtaining seed investment to get off the ground and also having access to subsequent investment to grow and scale.

That being said, startups are learning that regardless of where they’re coming from (e.g. universities, Silicon Valley, international accelerators) they can significantly increase their chances of success by partnering with the right supporters.

These startup supporters, e.g. investors and service providers, are learning to adapt how to help their portfolio of startups in this new era. The ability to hold board meetings or feedback sessions via Zoom is just the tip of the iceberg. Supporters that get involved early during the startup’s formation process are better suited to help with each new growth stage and eventually the exit process.

In this session, we will hear the lived experiences of three leaders supporting startups through the pandemic and gain insight into how they see their role evolving in the future.

In this roundtable, we will cover:

  • Lessons learned in shifting to remote support of startups: the good, the bad, the ugly
  • New geographic hubs for innovation and the increased startup pipeline coming from universities
  • New ways of reaching a successful exit beyond IPO and how startups can take advantage of M&A support earlier in their journey
  • How working within a trusted network can put a startup at an advantage and why this matters when choosing an investor or service provider
  • We look forward to hearing the exchange of personal stories, insights, and lessons learned!


Mark Leahy, Partner at Fenwick & West
Mark works closely with a broad range of companies focused on everything from software and communications to online media. He counsels privately held startups and publicly traded companies on the legal issues they face.

Tim Connors, Founder at PivotNorth Capital
Tim Connors recently made his Midas List debut with the help of his investments in a pair of newly minted unicorns: drone delivery service Zipline and fintech startup Chime, the latter of which he exited via secondary at a 5x return for his fund at PivotNorth Capital, which he founded. Connors, who holds a Master's degree from Stanford and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, had another marquee win with data analytics startup Looker, which was acquired by Google for $2.6 billion. The common denominator, he says: "Great technical founders and very hard computer science under the hood."

Dave Kalez, Managing Partner at Convenio Advisors
Dave is a trusted strategic advisor to emerging growth technology and non-technology companies, executives, entrepreneurs and investors. He works with dynamic growth-oriented companies who seeking to develop and implement organic and inorganic growth initiatives, and he adds value as an individual with extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions and strategic planning.

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