Cross Promotion: Beyond the Valley: Investing Between the Coasts

Jan 28, 2021, 11:00 PM – Jan 29, 2021, 12:00 AM

Great founders can be found anywhere, and these investors know it. Join us for a panel discussion with prominent VCs focused on allocating capital outside of major markets.

Virtual event

About this event

For those willing to look, those hidden gems actually aren't so hidden. These investors are all about backing founders and building in traditionally overlooked markets. And they have the portfolios to prove it.

TechSquare Ventures is an Atlanta-based early-stage venture capital firm that partners with visionary entrepreneurs and helps them with what they need most – access to markets and customers.

Lightship Capital believes social impact and profit are simultaneously achievable. So they find, fund, and educate remarkable underrepresented innovators and regions typically excluded from meaningful access to mentorship & venture capital. Lightship invests in early-stage companies led by BIPOC, LBGTQ+, women & people with disabilities who operate in the CPG, E-Commerce, Sustainability, Artificial Intelligence, and Healthcare spaces.

HustleFund is a team of former founders turned VC who now invest in startups hilariously early. Their team brings real talk and real advice to founder relationships.

Zane Venture Fund is a diverse team of operators, engineers, and advisories, all having worked with multiple companies and start-ups. Their secret sauce is a structured, yet artful approach for working with companies throughout their entire life cycle to create a holistic market vision coupled with outstanding execution.

Check out what happened


  • Blake Patton

    Tech Square Ventures

    Founding Managing Partner

  • Shila Nieves Burney

    Zane Venture Fund

    Founding General Partner

  • Eric Bahn

    Hustle Fund

    Co-Founder & General Partner

  • Brian Brackeen

    Lightship Capital

    Founding General Partner



January 28 – 29, 2021
11:00 PM – 12:00 AM UTC


Panel Discussion


  • Mych Richardson


    Chapter Director


  • Michael Thaney

    Startup Grind


  • Joshua Batres


    Community Outreach Lead

  • Dustin Doucette

    Upstate Venture Connect

    Director of Operations

  • Carolyn Spencer


    Founder Relations

  • Ananth Prajval Tallavajhula


    Community Manager

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Dell Technologies


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Metro Collective

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