Brendan is a Co-Founder & Managing Partner at Fifth Wall, the largest & most active venture capital fund investing in Built World technology (real estate, hospitality/travel, construction, infrastructure & Smart City technology). Brendan was previously Co-founder & CEO of Identified, a data & analytics company focused on workforce optimization that raised $35M of venture capital and was acquired by Workday (WDAY) in 2014. Brendan was also involved in the founding of Cabify and was its first investor alongside Adeyemi Ajao. Brendan has personally invested in over 75 companies, including early investments in DollarShaveClub, SpaceX, Coinbase, Bonobos, Zenefits, Cabify, Philz Coffee, OpenDoor, Clutter and many more.Brendan began his career at Goldman Sachs in investment banking and The Blackstone Group in real estate private equity. Brendan received an MBA from Stanford University & graduated Summa Cum Laude from Princeton University. Brendan was born in New York City, Brendan is 33 years old and an avid skier, kiteboarder, triathlete & mountaineer. Brendan is a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Viktoriya is the Managing Partner of TA Ventures, who founded the fund in late 2010. Prior to her work at TA Ventures, Viktoriya led multiple business initiatives in construction and machinery distribution. In addition, Viktoriya is the President of Odesa International Film Festival - the largest film festival in CEE by audience, and the Chairman of Ukrainian Film Academy Supervisory Board. TA Ventures is an early stage venture capital firm primarily focusing on Mobility and Digital Health. We are based in Kiev, Frankfurt, Boston and invest in teams across Europe & the US. We co-invest with leading investors and have been privileged to back companies such as Wunder Mobility, Caroobi, Klara, Sense.ly and 100+ others including Azimo, SumUp, Dreamlines, Marley Spoon. We offer proactive support and a broad international network to our portfolio companies. By supporting with the set-up of R&D centers in Ukraine and Europe, we help our portfolio companies grow and stay competitive. According to numerous annual ratings, Viktoriya was listed among the TOP-5 IT influencers in Ukraine for several times (in 2012, 2013, 2014), 200 Most Influential people in Ukraine (in 2013), and 100 Most Influential Women in Ukraine (in 2012, 2013).
Cemex Ventures is a corporate venture capital arm of Cemex, CEMEX Ventures is an open and collaborative innovation programme and Venture Capital to lead the evolution of the construction industry by engaging startups, entrepreneurs, universities and other stakeholders to shape tomorrow's value ecosystem. It mainly focuses on urban development, new construction trends and technologies, improving connectivity within the construction ecosystem and reinforcing project finance resources. The firm was founded in in 2017 and is headquartered in Madrid, Spain.
Borealis Ventures is a venture capital firm headquartered in Hanover, New Hampshire and with an additional office in Boston, Massachusetts. The firm focuses on investing in companies operating within the healthcare space, including digital health and life sciences, and the "Built Environment" space, including construction technology, design & engineering software, 3D design, property tech and smart city software sectors.
Brick Mortar Ventures
Darren Bechtel is the founder and Managing Director of Brick & Mortar Ventures, the leading sector-specific venture capital fund focused on emerging technologies to improve the way we design, build, and maintain our built environment. Darren has been the single most active early stage investor in AEC and FM tech over the past five years, with his first four construction tech deals being Seed round investments into PlanGrid, BuildZoom, BuildingConnected, and Rhumbix. Since then, Darren and the Brick & Mortar team have invested in over 25 startups aiming to improve productivity, safety, and environmental impact of constructing and caring for the built environment. Darren Bechtel brings over 7 years of engineering, product and architectural design, and construction management professional experience to the Brick & Mortar team, as well as over 8 years of venture investing as the founder and managing director of South Park Ventures. Darren holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with a Product Design focus from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Ben Zlotnick is the Founder and serves as the Chief Executive Officer at INcubes. He brings a wealth of brick & mortar business knowledge to an industry of over-inflated valuations. His grooming of execs & building of early-business infrastructure, results in success. With a Business Degree from York, Ben built one of Toronto's most successful Landscape & Construction Companies. He serves as an Advisor at MediSeen.
Grew a $1.5M construction business into a global $620M+ revenue in less than 10 years and in more than 14 countries worldwide with 3 partners. Studied at @state-university-of-new-york-at-buffalo
Baring Vostok Capital Partners is a private equity firm based in Moscow, Russia and was founded in 1994. The firm invests in companies based in Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine and other countries of the former Soviet Union and operating in the natural resource extraction, particularly oil and gas, mass media, telecommunications, utilities, construction materials, specialty manufacturing, real estate development, internet, software, retail and service sectors.