2020 Innovation Showcase Presenters

2021 Program Schedule will be updated as details become available

11:00-1:00  Virtual Exhibit/Sponsor Rooms open

1:00-1:20    Introduction to the Innovation Showcase

                      Aaron Gillum, VCI President and Gerry Dick, Inside Indiana

1:20-1:50    Keynote:   Scott Jones, Founder, Eleven Fifty Academy

                      “Innovation Transformed – How Indiana Wins”

1:50-2:05    “The Road, After the Showcase” – Megan Lohman, CEO Plan Forward

                       Conversation with Don Aquilano, Allos Ventures

2:05-2:35    Fireside Chat –Scott Dorsey, Managing Partner, High Alpha & Gerry Dick

                      “Venture Capital — Indiana and the Coasts” 

2:35-2:45    Chris LaMothe, Chief Executive Officer, Elevate Ventures

                      “Indiana Venture Report” 

2:45-3:15    Venture Capital Panel – “Corporate Innovation and Venture Capital

                        Moderator: Prentice Keller, gener8tor

                        Panelist: Elliott Parker, High Alpha Innovation

                        Panelist: Eric Steager, Corporate Venture, Anthem

                        Panelist: Jon Schalliol, Director, HG Ventures

3:15-3:45     “The Winners Are?” – Judges Announcements:

                         Scott Abbott – Founder & Managing Partner, Straticos

                         Kelli Jones – Program Manager, Allos Ventures

                         Chris LaMothe – Chief Executive Officer, Elevate Ventures

                         Ben Pidgeon – Executive Director, Vision Tech Partners / VisionTech Angels

3:45 5:00       Exhibit/Sponsor Rooms open

Introductions and Opening Remarks

Aaron Gillum
Senior Vice President
50 South Capital

Aaron Gillum is a Senior Vice President in the Private Equity Group at 50 South Capital Advisors. He is responsible for sourcing and analyzing venture capital partnership investment opportunities in the U.S. Aaron is also responsible for fundraising activities and portfolio management.

Prior to joining Northern Trust, Aaron was co-founder and Managing Partner of an early stage venture fund focused on technology companies in the Midwest and New York City regions. He has over fifteen years of experience in leadership roles with tech start-ups, as well as strategy and restructuring advisory to Fortune 500 and middle market companies across a variety of industries. Aaron was named to Crain’s Chicago Business Tech 50, a recipient of the Turnaround Managements Association’s, Turnaround of the Year and M&A Advisor’s Top 40 Under 40. He serves as the current President of the Venture Club of Indiana. Aaron also serves on the advisory board of several venture funds and is a featured speaker at industry events and conferences.

Aaron earned an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and B.A. in economics and public policy from the University of Michigan, graduating with honors. He is also active as a mentor and volunteer with the Future Founders Foundation and the Big Shoulders Fund.

EMCEE of the Pitch Competition

Gerry Dick
Host & Creator
Inside Indiana Business

The host and creator of Inside INdiana Business television, Gerry Dick also serves as president and managing editor of Grow INdiana Media Ventures, LLC, an Indianapolis-based media company focused on producing and distributing Indiana business news and information through multiple media channels. Gerry and Technology Entrepreneur Scott Jones form Grow INdiana Media Ventures’ ownership team.

Today, more people get their Indiana business news from Inside INdiana Business than from any other source. You can now watch his television show on 15 Indiana network and public stations, listen to daily radio reports on 27 statewide stations or get your news on-demand from a collection of email, web and mobile business news products.

Gerry is recognized across the state as an Indiana business leader and a respected business journalist. He has been awarded the state’s top honor, the Sagamore of the Wabash, three times. He has been awarded Ernst and Young’s prestigious Entrepreneur of the Year Award and recognized by the Small Business Administration as its Journalist of the Year. Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick has also received an EMMY five times for best interview/discussion program/series or special.

He is a frequent keynote speaker and moderator on issues related to Indiana business and the state’s economy and serves as a business news analyst for WISH-TV – Indiana’s Local News Source and 93.1-FM – WIBC radio in Indianapolis.

Keynote Speaker
Scott Jones
Eleven Fifty Academy

Scott is Chairman, Eleven Fifty Academy. Veteran early-stage entrepreneur, inventor, strategist, and venture capitalist. As CEO, Chairman and/or Director of many companies, Scott participated in raising more than $200 million of capital, with collective returns of over $5 billion for investors.

“The Road after the Showcase” -Conversation with Don Aquilano with Allos
Megan Lohman
Co-Founder & CEO
Plan Forward


As Co-Founder and CEO of Plan Forward, Megan Lohman leads the company’s go-to-market strategy and operations, contributing to overall business growth and customer retention.  She is actively involved in many of the sales, marketing, and client success efforts of the company and has a heavy focus on strategic partnerships and industry relationships.

​Leveraging her years of industry experience and knowledge of dental membership plans, Megan works closely with Plan Forward’s partners, customers, and software developers to inform the product roadmap.

Prior to starting her career in the dental space, Megan gained business experience in medical sales, staffing and recruiting, and was the first employee of a sports marketing agency where she wore many hats and had her first taste of entrepreneurship.

​When Megan isn’t working on her long-term plans to own a professional sports team or launch a non-profit, she enjoys yoga, running, reading books (or her beloved People magazine), and spending time with family and friends.

​Born and raised in northern Indiana, she attended Indiana University and was a member of Pi Beta Phi women’s fraternity. Megan currently resides in Westfield, IN with her husband, Peter, two kids, Henry and Leah, and their German Shepherd, Vino.

Fireside Chat with Gerry Dick

Scott Dorsey
High Alpha

Scott is currently Managing Partner of High Alpha, a leading venture studio that
launches, scales and invests in enterprise cloud companies.
Prior to High Alpha, Scott co-founded ExactTarget and led the company as CEO
and Chairman from start-up to global marketing software leader. ExactTarget
went public on the New York Stock Exchange in March of 2012 and was acquired
by Salesforce in July of 2013 for $2.5 Billion. Post acquisition, he led the
Salesforce Marketing Cloud which encompassed 3,000 employees around the

Scott serves on a number of non-profit boards including as Chairman of Nextech,
Executive Committee Member and Immediate Past Chair of Indiana Sports
Corporation, Executive Committee and Board member of Techpoint and Global
Advisory Board member at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern
University. Scott also serves on the boards of Pluralsight (NASDAQ: PS) as well
as several High Alpha portfolio companies. Scott is a business school graduate of
Indiana University and earned an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of
Management at Northwestern University.

Indiana Venture Report

Chris LaMothe
Chief Executive Officer
Elevate Ventures

In 2015, LaMothe joined and serves as CEO of Elevate Ventures. Elevate Ventures
is an organization that invests in Indiana start-up and early stage companies.
Elevate also partners with Indiana communities and universities to develop
entrepreneurism and innovative cultures throughout the state. Recently
he served as Executive Vice President of Element Materials Technologies,
specifically leading the global Transportation, Power Generation and Industrials
Sectors of the company. Element acquired LaMothe’s company in 2013. 

Venture Capital Panelists

Prentice Keller – Moderator
VP Business Development

Prentice Keller – Vice President of Growth and Business Development at gener8tor – Keller attended Providence College where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Spanish. She was also a member of the Division I Women’s Ice Hockey Team at Providence College. She began her career as a founding employee of the startup Love Your Melon, a philanthropic apparel brand benefiting pediatric cancer patients. She then went onto a software sales role at HubSpot where she worked with startups in Silicon Valley. She was the first employee of WeWork in Minneapolis, where she was in charge of opening and operating the new office space locations throughout the city, handling corporate relations and building brand recognition. During her time in Minneapolis, she opened and managed three separate coworking spaces, totaling over 250,000 square feet. She was responsible for the financial success of these buildings and the overall market. She then transitioned within WeWork to the Global Expansion team where she worked globally to launch new cities and grow strategic partnerships. She worked cross-functionally with Enterprise sales, Strategic Account sales, Market sales, and Account Management to grow spatial occupancy aggressively. 

Keller joined gener8tor as the VP of Growth in early 2020 to lead their strategic growth initiatives. She quickly grew in the company to oversee the corporate membership network, Project North and the conference series, OnRamp

Elliott Parker
High Alpha Innovation

Elliott is CEO of High Alpha Innovation, which partners with leading organizations to
innovate through systematic startup creation. High Alpha Innovation applies the
venture studio model developed at High Alpha to rapidly build and scale digital
startups through the application of business strategy, world-class design, and
product development.

Prior to joining High Alpha, Elliott was a Principal at Innosight, the strategy and
innovation consultancy founded by Clayton Christensen, where he helped
companies around the world apply the theory of disruptive innovation to create
strategies for growth and launch transformative new businesses.

Early in his career, Elliott became interested in the application of disruptive
innovation while working with large corporations to develop alternative uses for
their intellectual property. Later, as manager of new ventures at a global medical
device firm, he helped pilot several innovative corporate startups. As a strategy
consultant, Elliott has advised dozens of leading organizations around the world. As
a founder, investor, or advisor, Elliott has launched dozens of startup companies.

Originally from California, and now residing in Indiana, Elliott earned a B.S. in
Finance from Brigham Young University and an M.B.A. from the UCLA Anderson
School of Management, where he was a Venture Fellow.

Jon Schalliol
HG Ventures

Jonathan Schalliol is Director, New Ventures Group at The Heritage Group, where he leads the company’s accelerator program in conjunction with Techstars and invests in early-stage companies through HG Ventures.  Since joining THG, Jonathan Schalliol has performed multiple corporate development roles, most recently as Director, Strategy + M&A.

Prior to THG, he served as Global Business Strategist for Plug & Play after serving for seven years as Chief Financial Officer and Vice President, Business Development for WisdomTools, an early leader in geospatial data and augmented reality technology. Jonathan has also worked in investment banking for Merrill Lynch, management consulting for Ernst & Young, and marketing for Apple.

Jonathan is an active member of the local entrepreneurial community, and he is a board member of the Venture Club of Indiana and periodically lectures at the Kelley School of Business. Jonathan received an MBA in Entrepreneurship & Corporate Innovation from the Kelley School of Business with honors, and he received a BS in Business from the Kelley School of Business, where he was named Chancellor’s Scholar.

Eric Steager
Staff VP Corporate Venture Capital
Anthem, Inc.

Mr. Steager is a Staff Vice President of Corporate Venture Capital at Anthem, Inc., the largest Blue Cross Blue Shield plan, leading its strategic equity investment initiatives.

Prior to Anthem, he co-managed and helped start the corporate venture arm of Independence Blue Cross focusing on the identification, analysis and execution of strategic equity investments, as well as mergers and acquisitions. He has also been an Adjunct Professor of Finance and Entrepreneurship at both Drexel University and Temple University.

Prior to joining IBC, he spent several years at both a private investment firm focused on venture capital and private equity investments, and Safeguard Scientifics, a publicly traded venture capital firm. Mr. Steager’s early career included founding a private investment fund focused on acquiring middle market manufacturing companies in the Midwestern United States, and healthcare investment banking at Houlihan Lokey and Ernst & Young.

Mr. Steager holds an MBA with honors from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business and a bachelor’s degree from Drexel University.

Pitch Competition  Judges

Scott Abbott
Founder & Managing Partner

Kelli Jones
Co-Founder – Be Nimble
Managing Partner – Sixty8 capital
Chris LaMothe
Chief Executive Officer
Elevate Ventures
Ben Pidgeon
Executive Director
VisionTech Partners
VisionTech Angels