2021 Innovation Showcase Schedule

11:00 am – Registration

11:30 am Lunch & Start up Expo

1:00 pm – Introductions and Welcoming Remarks –

1:20 pm – Keynote Speaker – John Lilly, CEO Lateral Capital,Inc.

“What it takes to be a Game Changing Company that Revolutionizes an Industry”

2:00 pm – Entrepreneur Pitches

2:30 pm The Road…After the Showcase”

2:40 pm – Entrepreneur Pitches

3:10 pm –

3:45 pm – Fireside Chat- Paul Mitchell, CEO, Energy Systems Network

Indy Autonomous Challenge-Race of the Future

4:15 pm – The Winner Are

4:30 – 6:00 pm – VIP Reception and Expo Hall Open

Schedule Subject to Change

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.

Keynote Speaker
John Lilly
Lateral Capital Inc.

John Lilly has an extensive background in business management, for both large and small companies. He built more than 50 branded businesses in 25 countries over 27 years as an executive at Procter & Gamble and then as CEO of The Pillsbury Company. John began his career at P&G in 1976 and was responsible at one time or another for almost all of Procter’s laundry, paper, food and beverage brands. This culminated in a six-year assignment as Regional Vice President in Frankfurt, Germany, where John had managerial scope for the paper and beverage businesses in P&G’s Europe, Middle East and Africa Division. His P&G experience base includes responsibility for Pampers, Pringles, Always, Folgers, Gain, Duncan Hines, Sunny Delight, Dawn and Attends.

In 1997, Mr. Lilly left P&G to join The Pillsbury Company in Minneapolis, first as President of Pillsbury North America and then as CEO for The Pillsbury Company worldwide. Pillsbury was a $6.8B manufacturer of such brands as Pillsbury, Green Giant, Haagen-Dazs, Totino’s, Old El Paso and Progresso. Pillsbury had leading retail and foodservice businesses in 25 countries including China and India. The company was sold to General Mills in 2002 for $10.5B (12.2X EBITDA), in what is broadly seen as a highly successful transaction.

After Pillsbury became part of General Mills, Mr. Lilly changed careers to work full time as an investor/advisor. Between 2003 and 2016, John Lilly Strategic Insights, LLC (JLSI), provided investment sourcing, due diligence and operating counsel on more than 200 Private Equity and Venture Capital projects in the U.S., Europe and Israel. He has worked for Calera Capital, TPG Capital, TPG Growth, Goldman Sachs PIA, Centerbridge Partners and EGI, the fund of Sam Zell. As a FINRA registered representative, he has advised Compass Advisers, Lehman Brothers, Duff & Phelps and Morgan Joseph TriArtisan on dozens of transactions.

Today, John works exclusively as a full-time investor in Early Stage Companies. Through Lateral Capital Management LLC (LCM) and its associated Limited Partnerships, he is one of the country’s most active Micro Venture Capital investors. Lateral Capital has invested in more than 90 companies in six Funds in a wide range of industries; across 23 states. Lateral Capital investments are identified through Angel/Accelerator groups across the U.S., where John makes frequent presentations on Sustainably Profitable Early Stage Investing (SPESI™). Invested companies include tire pressure management for trucks, fundraising software for colleges, high-speed testing for COVID-19 and a treatment for Alzheimer’s.

Beginning with Fund IV, Lateral Capital has been open to accredited Limited Partners. Lateral Capital IV made its final investment in 24 companies in Summer 2018. Lateral Capital V, launched in early-2019, has completed investments in 30 companies. Lateral Capital VI is raising $10MM from accredited investors and Family Offices for investments in 30 companies and is expected to close in late-2021. More information is available from michelle.ballentine@lateralcapital.com.

Fireside Chat 

Paul Mitchell
Energy Systems Network