200+ LPs gather to meet
the next generation of venture capital firms.
Keynote: Bringing Olympic Talent to the Venture World
Allyson Felix
Wes Felix
We are thrilled to welcome Allyson and Wes Felix as keynote speakers at this year’s RAISE Global Summit.

Allyson and Wes are a remarkable sister-brother team who together have broken every track and field record, reset corporate policies around the world on maternity leave, built the breakthrough consumer lifestyle brand Saysh, and are now raising their first venture fund, Crenshaw Ventures.

Allyson Felix reigns as the most decorated American Track & Field Olympian of all time. After winning her bronze and gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Allyson retired from racing with twenty-seven global medals and titles as both a World Record Holder and a Master’s World Record Holder. Allyson also made history in Tokyo by competing in racing spikes created by her company Saysh, becoming the first athlete to race in her own spike. She was named one of TIME Magazine’s Women of the Year in 2022.

Wes Felix also has an athletic background, having been an All-American and Team Captain on the University of Southern California Track Team. He studied political science and film before signing an endorsement deal to run professionally. When illness kept him out of the 2008 Olympic Trials, Wes built a sports management agency where he represents some of the most talented women in sports, his sister Allyson included, and is now also the co-founder and CEO of Saysh.

Their conversation will include the inspiring story of Allyson’s record-breaking athletic career and their unique partnership along the way, the entrepreneurial vision for leading Saysh, and their insights from recent fundraising in a market downturn. We’re also excited to hear about their next chapter as emerging fund managers.


Presenting Emerging Managers
100 GPs will present at RAISE. 20 will present their funds on the Main Stage and another 80 will speak in topical moderator-led panel discussions. All GPs attending RAISE were selected by the 24 member RAISE Selection Committee.
GP Showcase Moderators
( in order of appearance )
Erin Harkless Moore
Director, Investments
Pivotal Ventures
Peter Hebert
Co-Founder and Managing Partner
Lux Capital
Elizabeth Reese
Cooley LLP
Saar Gur
General Partner
Lynne Chou O'Keefe
Founder and Managing Partner
Define Ventures
Mike Dinsdale
Managing Director
Akkadian Ventures
Kendra Ragatz
Acrew Capital
Hana Yang
Hana Yang
Regina Green
Head of Launch With GS Americas
Goldman Sachs
John Spinale
Managing Partner
Jazz Venture Partners
Ira Ehrenpreis
Founder & Managing Partner
DBL Partners
Kate Mitchell
Board & IC member
Silicon Valley Community Foundation & Founder Scale Venture Partners
Charles Hudson
Managing Director
Precursor Ventures
Stephanie Choo
Portage Ventures
David Hornik
Founding Partner
Lobby Capital
Andrew Beebe
Managing Director
Obvious Ventures
John-Austin Saviano
Founder and Managing Director
High Country Advisors
Emcees and Guest Speakers
( in order of appearance )
Bill Hughlett
Managing Director
Standish Management
Ben Black
Co-Founder and Managing Director
Akkadian Ventures
Sam Heshmati
Senior Managing Director
First Republic Bank
Spencer Tyson
Head of Manager Ratings
Revere VC
Nick Buroker
Managing Director
Cornerstone Fund Services
Joanna Drake
Co-founder and Managing Partner
Magnify Ventures
John Ailanjian
General Partner
Next Play Capital
Ryan Nece
Managing Partner
Next Play Capital
Will Newsom
Cooley LLP
Stephanie Volk
Vice President, Industry Engagement
National Venture Capital Association
Eric Woo
Revere VC
The Golden Gate Club

October 20, 2022

9:00am - 7:30pm PT
The Golden Gate Club
135 Fisher Loop
San Francisco, CA 94129
9:00am PT
Registration and Breakfast
10:00am PT
Welcome and What Does the Data Say
Presented By
Ben Black, Akkadian Ventures
10:30am PT
Main Stage GP Presentations (1-10)
Sam Heshmati, First Republic Bank
11:45am PT
GP Showcase (5 tracks)
Strong Thematic Funds
Erin Harkless Moore, Pivotal Ventures
Deep Tech I
Peter Hebert, Lux Capital
Power of Diversity
Elizabeth Reese, Cooley LLP
Saar Gur, CRV
Health Tech I
Lynne Chou O'Keefe, Define Ventures
12:15pm PT
GP Showcase (5 tracks)
B2B / SaaS
Mike Dinsdale, Akkadian Ventures
Future of Work
Kendra Ragatz, Acrew Capital
Overlooked Founders
Hana Yang, Allocate
The Launching Funds
Regina Green, Goldman Sachs
Health Tech II
John Spinale, Jazz Venture Partners
12:45pm PT
Networking and Lunch
Ask Us Anything
Nick Buroker, Cornerstone Fund Services
Jeff Givens, Standish Management
Rate Your Fund in 5 Minutes
Spencer Tyson, Revere VC
Anna Jacoby, Revere VC
2:00pm PT
Keynote: Bringing Olympic Talent to the Venture World
Allyson Felix
Co-founder, Saysh
Founding Partner, Crenshaw Ventures
Wes Felix
Co-founder and CEO, Saysh
Founding Partner, Crenshaw Ventures
Ryan Nece
Managing Partner, Next Play Capital
2:30pm PT
GP Showcase and Guests (5 tracks)
Climate Tech
Ira Ehrenpreis, DBL Partners
Experience Counts
Kate Mitchell, Scale Venture Partners
Solo GPs
Charles Hudson, Precursor Ventures
Fintech / Blockchain
Stephanie Choo, Portage Ventures
Open Office Hours
Elizabeth Reese, Cooley LLP
Will Newsom, Cooley LLP
3:00pm PT
GP Showcase and Guests (5 tracks)
Venture Model Innovation
David Hornik, Lobby Capital
Deep Tech II
Andrew Beebe, Obvious Ventures
Global Minded
John-Austin Saviano, High Country Advisors
Meet and Greet
Stephanie Volk, NVCA
Open Office Hours
Elizabeth Reese, Cooley LLP
Will Newsom, Cooley LLP
3:45pm PT
Main Stage GP Presentations (11-20)
Eric Woo, Revere
4:45pm PT
Presented By
Regina Green, Goldman Sachs
5:00pm PT
7:30pm PT
LP-Only Dinner (FULL)

Selection Committee

To ensure more meaningful LP engagement, this year we'll invite just 100 GPs to attend. The fantastic group of premier LPs below reviewed 500 applicaitons and selected the GPs who attend, and the 20 who will present on the main stage.

Click here to read How Do RAISE Global Invites Work.
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