Leading experts, investors and innovators from the industry will be coming together to discuss the technology’s impact, challenges facing the industry, and the growing significance and impact of investing in ventures.
Kevin Ye is an industry expert in helping enterprises as they look to effectively engage with a rapidly evolving global innovation ecosystem. As the Managing Partner for Mach49’s Venture Investing practice, he has been a trusted advisor for dozens of corporations looking to expand their external venturing activities, closely guiding them through partnerships, venture investing, and acquisitions. His team has been responsible for having set up over $1 billion in corporate venture capital funds across sectors and geographies, and Kevin's expertise spans the entire venturing lifecycle, from the design of new venture processes to deal scouting, closing, and post-investment management.
Kevin continues to serve as a Partner-in-Residence for a number of CVC funds, including TDK Ventures, Hypertherm Ventures, Goodyear Ventures, GHS Edge Ventures, Xerox Ventures, and Vale Ventures. He sits on the selection committee for Halliburton Labs, and he is an active angel investor and LP in various startups and funds. Notable groups he has supported in his career as lead venture advisor include the Arizona Commerce Authority, Barrick Gold, DeNA, Southwest Airlines, Tampa General Hospital, and UPS Ventures.
Kevin’s reputation in the field of corporate venturing has been widely recognized by other luminary groups in the industry. He has served as the Founding Program Partner for On Deck's Corporate Innovation Fellowship and currently acts as a Venture Ambassador for New Zealand Trade & Enterprise. He holds degrees in bioengineering and corporate finance from the University of Pennsylvania.
Eric Blumbergs is Managing Director, Alliance Development for the Honda Xcelerator program at Honda Innovations, Inc. The program supports global Honda’s investment, strategic partnership, and other open innovation activities with a company center in Silicon Valley and satellite offices throughout the world.
Eric leads a team responsible for engaging the venture community toward game-changing startup venture discovery, investment, and collaboration opportunities. He has a particular focus on startup technologies that will help Honda achieve its carbon neutrality and zero fatality goals for all Honda products and corporate processes by 2050.
During his tenure with Honda Xcelerator, Eric has led and supported more than 20 startup collaborations, multiple investment activities, and collaborations including Creative Destruction Labs, Techstars Mobility Accelerator, and Mcity Future Mobility partnership. Before joining Honda, Eric was part of Alpine Electronics of America for 14 years holding positions in Advanced R&D, Product planning and Strategic Planning where he led strategic partnership engagements with XM, Sirius Satellite Radio, HD Radio, Pandora, and more. Eric received a BSEE (High Honor) and MSEE from Michigan State University.
Stephane Gervais Ducouret has 30 years of experience in the high-tech industry as global marketing, business development, innovation, project management, and product designer.
His current position is EVP Strategic Innovation, Partnership and Smart Data at LACROIX Group : Industrial Internet-of-Things (IIoT), AI, data, new technologies, electronics, mobility and smart city are some of his favorite’s topics.
Stéphane holds a Doctorate degree (Ph. D) in Electronics (Bordeaux, France) and an MBA degree (Newcastle University, Australia)
Jessica Chin Foo is Vice President of VC & Corporate Partnerships with 16+ years of market expansion and partnership development experience in various sectors (clean tech, F&B industry, global luxury, health, media & entertainment, edTech and Fintech). Her professional focal points include corporate innovation, strategic partnerships, investments, agreement negotiations, marketing, business development, and ecosystem design.
Her everyday motivations are building an entrepreneurial ecosystem that fosters inclusive entrepreneurship and women leadership, from startups, to community partners, VC’s and corporations.
Healthcare funding is our highest-stakes game of 3D chess: funding provider education, funding cures, funding patient care.
Chairman & CTO
It's an exciting time for healthtech startups and investors! Never have we seen so much funding and innovation accepted into the space at one time. We're about to see a lot of changes in how healthcare operates over the next 5-10yrs because of it!