The Forum will be comprised of:

  • Multiple panels throughout the day that will provide tips for entrepreneurs looking to raise capital and offer advice to startup ventures to scale from an emerging growth company to a middle-market company and beyond.
  • Entrepreneurs contending for the “investors” Bulldog Dollars during the Stock Exchange portion of the event to be recognized as the Audience Choice during the awards ceremony.
  • Five ventures will also present to a panel of judges and investors to be recognized as the Judges Choice or the Investors Choice, an equity-backed investment, during the awards ceremony.

What the day looks like!

Time         Title                                                                 Speaker

8:00 AM   Registration, Breakfast and Stock Exchange

9:00 AM   Welcome – Robert Harper, Interim Fresno State Provost

9:10 AM   Opening Remarks – Joseph Castro, Fresno Sate President

9:30 AM   Morning Keynote Speaker – Ashley Swearengin,
CEO and President of Central Valley Community Foundation

10:00 AM Break and Stock Exchange

11:00 AM Panel – How to Kick Start your venture

12:00 PM  Lunch

12:30 PM  Keynote Speaker –  Michael Mondavi

1:30 PM    Showcase

2:30 PM    Panel – Building World Class Companies in the Valley

3:30 PM    Stock Exchange

4:00 PM    Awards and wine tasting