LAS VEGAS | MAY 17-19, 2016

This year’s program includes General Sessions, One-on-One Conversations with Über-successful entrepreneurs, panel discussions, 30 under 30 Sessions, Real-Time Problem Solving Sessions, Deep Dives and Learning Workshops!
All content, timing and activations are subject to change.

AT-A-GLANCE

May 17, 2016

10:00 am

Registration Open

10:30 am

The “Downtown Project” Tour

Experience the “Downtown Project,” a collective committed to transforming downtown Las Vegas into the most community-focused large city in the world. During this enhanced self-guided tour, GROWCO attendees will meet the many business owners and entrepreneurs who call this area home and headquarters. Get an inside look at their enterprises (ranging from toys, tech and BBQ, to wine and books) as you explore the bourgeoning neighborhood. Prior to departing on your discovery stroll with Downtown Project members, enjoy a delicious lunch at the historic 24/7 hangout Gold Spike. While you partake in good eats and fun games, network with senior-executives from Zappos.com. Learn how the company creates happy customers and employees, and continues to redefine what an award-winning corporate culture looks like. The tour will conclude at Downtown Container Park, a lively shopping center built from shipping containers that includes galleries and a courtyard with playground. All participants will receive a welcome bag featuring tour materials, refreshments, a $25 Zappos.com gift card, and a copy of Tony Hsieh’s book Delivering Happiness.  Lunch is included. Roundtrip ground transportation provided by Lincoln.

Additional fee to participate.

12:00 pm

Inc.edu Course: Open-Book Management – Incentivize Your Team and Profit in Business

In this interactive course, participants will learn the fundamentals of Jack Stack’s best-selling book,The Great Game of Business and learn how to implement it into their own businesses. In its simplest form, the ultimate goal is to create a “business of business people” who think, act and feel like owners. Participants will learn to develop their own Great Game to keep their employees focused on a common goal, encourage them to work together and build a winning team, and develop an engaged team that drives results and creates wins. Attendees will receive a complimentary copy of The Great Game of Business. Lunch is included. There is an additional fee to participate.

Session leader: Steve Baker, vice president, the Great Game of Business Inc.

 

12:00 pm

​Banjo Tour

Get a rare opportunity to go behind the scenes of the world’s first crystal ball. Banjo is an early-warning and situational awareness company that is disrupting how organizations make business decisions.  Using next-level artificial intelligence, Banjo discovers the valuable signals amongst all the social media noise. The result is live, actionable insights that change the way you think and respond to what is happening around you. During this experience, you will step inside Banjo’s live war room. You’ll see first-hand how the company harnesses its technology and learn how “event-detection” can make or break any industry. The tour kicks off with an intimate conversation with Banjo’s founder and CEO, Damien Patton, followed by a lunch-and-learn with brand ambassadors of the company. Participants will receive giveaways courtesy of Banjo. Lunch and round trip ground transportation included.

12:00 pm

Inc.edu Course: Branding-Building and Customer Service: How to Stand Out From the Crowd

In this interactive course, learn nine implementable strategies for designing emotionally powerful, loyalty-building, and brand-enhancing customer experiences. Some are counterintuitive but all are rooted in the powerful science of happiness. Discover how to make a lasting impression on your customers from a senior brand strategy expert with 10+ years experience building brands for Fortune 500 companies. Lunch is included. There is an additional fee to participate.

Session Leader: Hilary Folger, partner, brand strategy, Lippincott

4:20 pm

Welcome

Remarks: Eric Schurenberg, president and editor-in-chief, Inc.

4:30 pm

Exclusive Opening Session: Business as a Force for Good

During this inspiring keynote, social entrepreneur Blake Mycoskie will explain how and why he started TOMS, a self-sustaining for-profit company dedicated to improving lives through business. You’ll learn about the risks and rewards of chasing ideas bigger than yourself and how you can bring together profit and purpose in your own industry. This will be followed by a high-octane pitch competition powered by Inc. and the newly launched TOMS Social Entrepreneurship Fund.

Speaker: Blake Mycoskie, founder and Chief Shoe Giver of TOMS; and author of Start Something That Matters

Interviewer: Kris Frieswick, executive editor, Inc.

5:30 pm

Inc. + TOMS Pitch for Good

Inc. and TOMS are joining forces to find the next generation of social ventures with the first ever Inc + TOMS Pitch for Good. During this fun and fast-paced event, founders will pitch an all-star panel of entrepreneurs, for the chance to secure up to $100,000 in funding from TOMS Social Entrepreneurship Fund. Participants will have just two minutes to make their best pitch in front of a live audience. Our judges will then ask questions, provide feedback, and ultimately award funding. Come be a part of the action as you watch it all unfold live onstage.

Judges: Blake Mycoskie, founder and chief shoe giver, Toms Shoes; and author, Start Something That Matters; Chinedu Echeruo, founder and CEO, Gigameet.com; and founder, Hopstop.com and Tripology.com; and Danae Ringelmann, founder and chief development officer, Indiegogo

6:30 pm

Inc. Marketplace Opens

Grab a refreshment, chat up fellow attendees and meet with the our exhibitors.

6:30 pm

GrowCo Welcome Reception

With the bright, glittery lights of the Las Vegas Strip in the background, set your sights on enhancing your network. During this fun and casual gathering, grab a bite, enjoy a cocktail, and mingle with colleagues and hundreds of your peers. Also, be sure to meet and interact with our conference sponsors throughout the evening. Make the most of your time here by enjoying the official kickoff to Inc.’s Grow Your Company Conference.

6:45 pm

Meet the Speaker Book Signing

Speaker:Blake Mycoskie

(Books are free while supplies last)

8:30 pm

Meet the Editors Casino Night

Feeling lucky? Take a chance and join Inc. editors and columnists as well as your fellow GrowCo attendees for what promises to be a winning night filled with purposeful networking and innocent fun at our “gambling” tables. Refreshing cocktails, delectable food, and great games are included. Ante up!

Space is limited, and there is an additional fee to participate.

 

May 18, 2016

8:00 am

Registration Open

8:00 am

Inc. Marketplace Opens

Grab a refreshment, chat up fellow attendees and meet with the our exhibitors.

8:00 am

Coffee Hour

Join fellow attendees and conference sponsors for coffee and conversation at GrowCo’s Coffee Hour!

9:00 am

Welcome

Remarks: Eric Schurenberg, president and editor-in-chief, Inc.                                                                                                                                  

9:10 am

Fearlessness and the Future

Alexis Ohanian personified the dorm-room tech entrepreneur when, in 2005, he co-founded Reddit, the entertainment, social networking, and news website. Today, Reddit is among the top 50 websites in the world. Ohanian has gone on to start and invest in many successful companies like Hipmunk and Breadpig. He will share his business philosophies
on failure, on how not to worry about the competition, and on why it is essential to stay focused on creating your product or service.

Speaker:􀀌􀀀 Alexis Ohanian, co-founder, Reddit; co-founder, Y Combinator; and author, Without Their Permission: How the 21st Century Will Be Made, Not Managed; Q&A Moderator: Christine Lagorio, senior writer, Inc.

9:50 am

The Brand of YOU

From YouTube to Twitter and Instagram to cable TV, today’s entrepreneur has to utilize multiple media platforms to be seen and heard. We bring together seasoned entrepreneurs and experts who know just how to build a personal brand using various content channels as well as leverage that power to create lucrative business ventures. This is a conversation about how artists and entrepreneurs can and are using new media pathways to start, build and grow successful businesses.

Speakers: Nick Cannon, founder, Ncredible Entertainment; and host, Wild ‘N Out and America’s Got Talent; Michelle Phan, co-founder, Ipsy; Brian VolkWeiss, president, Comedy Dynamics

10:45 am

How to Be Fit in Business and Life

Jillian Michaels has been a fitness and wellness expert for more than 20 years. Her dream was to turn her training business into an international fitness and lifestyle brand, and so she turned to her business partner, Giancarlo Chersich, a branding and business expert, for help. Together they will explain how they turned a personal passion into a powerful brand and, ultimately, into a successful business empire.

Speakers: Jillian Michaels, co-founder, Empowered Media; and health and wellness expert; and Giancarlo Chersich, co-founder and CEO, Empowered Media

11:25 am

Break

12:00 pm

Concurrent Sessions

12:00 pm

A Winning Workplace—How to Drive Innovation, Ideas and ROI

Speakers: Steve Baker, vice president, the Great Game of Business Inc.; and Michael Chernow, co-owner, The Meatball Shop

12:00 pm

Where’s the Money? How to Find Capital for Your Business

Speakers: Ami Kassar, founder and chief executive, MultiFunding; and columnist, Inc.com; Peter Lehrman, founder and CEO, Axial; and Maci Peterson, co-founder and CEO, On Second Thought Moderator: Maria Aspan, senior editor, Inc.

12:00 pm

B2B, B2C, Reality, and Revenue: How to Bootstrap Social Media Sales

Session Leader: Marty Weintraub, founder and evangelist, aimClear; and author, Killer Facebook Ads and The Complete Social Media Community Manager’s Guide

12:00 pm

How to Perfect Your Pitch

Session Leader: Kevin Daum, founder and CEO, TAE International; author, Roar! and Video Marketing for Dummies; and columnist, Inc.com

12:00 pm

30 Under 30: How to Launch a Kickass Startup

Speakers: Sarah Prevette, founder, Sprouter and Future Design School (FDS)

12:00 pm

Bands, Blush and Business: Straight Talk With Twisted Sister

Speaker: Jay Jay French, founder and lead guitarist, Twisted Sister; and columnist, Inc.com

12:35 pm

30 Under 30: Building a Purpose-Driven Company

Speakers: Nikhil Arora and Alejandro (Alex) Velez, co-founders, Back to the Roots

1:05 pm

Networking Lunch

Enjoy the meal as you make lasting connections with potential partners, colleagues, and friends and discuss what it means to start, run or grow a business. Follow @IncLiveEvents and #GrowCo16 throughout the event for live coverage.

2:15 pm

Concurrent Sessions

2:15 pm

Ask Norm Brodsky Anything

Speaker: Norm Brodsky, founder, CitiStorage; partner, Black Gold Suites; columnist, Inc.; and co-author, Street Smarts

2:15 pm

How to Tell Your Story

Speakers to be announced.

2:15 pm

30 Under 30: Learning How to Lead, Old School

Speaker: Nick Friedman, co-founder and president, College Hunks Hauling Junk and College Hunks Moving

2:15 pm

How To Perfect Your Pitch

Session Leader: Kevin Daum, founder and CEO, TAE International; author, Roar! and Video Marketing for Dummies; and columnist, Inc.com

Special Guest: Scott Salyers, supervising casting producer, ABC’s Shark Tank

2:15 pm

Ignorance is Risk: What You Need to Know to Grow

Session Leader: Howard Tullman, CEO, 1871; and general managing partner, G2T3V; and columnist, Inc.com

2:50 pm

30 Under 30: How to Build a Great Brand, Block by Block

Speaker: Debbie Sterling, founder and CEO, GoldieBlox
Interviewer: Donna Fenn, contributing editor, Inc.com; and author, Upstarts!

3:20 pm

Break

3:55 pm

How to Use Technology to Increase Sales

Fashion designer Rebecca Minkoff knew that when she launched her clothing and accessories line, no ordinary brick-and-mortar store would do. So she and her business partner and brother, Uri Minkoff, created the retail store of the future by utilizing emerging technologies including interactive dressing rooms and touch-screen mirrors. Their game-changing approach has translated into vastly increased sales. Rebecca and Uri will share how brands can grow and thrive by creatively integrating new technology into the consumer shopping experience.
Speakers: Rebecca Minkoff, 􀀌􀀀co-founder and creative director, Rebecca Minkoff LLC; and Uri Minkoff, co-founder and CEO, Rebecca Minkoff LLC

4:40 pm

Why It’s Important to Make Stuff That Matters

Rainn Wilson co-founded SoulPancake, a media company that produces digital and television content that explores life’s big questions, and champions creativity. With CEO Shabnam Mogharabi at his side, he has seen SoulPancake’s positive movement take off — the company ranked 114 on last year’s Inc. 5000. You’ll learn how they used the power of YouTube and viral content to grow their message and their company.

Speakers: Rainn Wilson, co-founder, SoulPancake; and Shabnam Mogharabi, CEO, SoulPancake

Interviewer: Jon Fine, executive editor, Inc.

5:25 pm

What Uber and Shark Tank Can Teach You About Entrepreneurship

Speaker: Chris SaccaLowercase Capital
Interviewer: James Ledbetter, editor, Inc. and Inc.com; and author, Unwarranted Influence

 

6:15 pm

High Roller Networking Happy Hour

Hosted by Spark Business From Capital One
Wrap up a high-impact day of learning and networking with cocktails and tasty bites at our casual Happy Hour. Discuss the highlights of today’s sessions, meet some of the speakers and Inc. personalities and continue meeting the exceptional entrepreneurs in attendance!  Be sure to share your thoughts and fun photos on twitter #GrowCo16 and facebook.

8:30 pm

GrowCo Conference Party

Hosted by Spark Business From Capital One
Relax and unwind by the Red Rock Resort pool with delicious bites, great music, and refreshing cocktails during the official 2016 GrowCo conference party.  Come hang out and revel in all the different elements this party has to offer. Join the conversation on @IncLiveEvents  #GrowCo16 for the sights and sounds of the evening. Free to GrowCo conference attendees; badges required for entry.

May 19, 2016

8:00 am

Registration Open

8:00 am

Inc. Marketplace Open

Grab a refreshment, chat up fellow attendees and meet with the our exhibitors.

8:00 am

Coffee Hour

Join fellow attendees and conference sponsors for coffee and conversation at GrowCo’s Coffee Hour!

8:00 am

Shark Tank Open Casting Call

RED ROCK CASINO & RESORT CHARLESTON BALLROOM
11011 W. Charleston Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89135
8:00 AM to 10:00 AM – Numbered Wristbands Distributed
9:00 AM – Interviews Begin

To apply visit:
http://abc.go.com/shows/shark-tank/open-call

9:00 am

Welcome

Remarks: Eric Schurenberg, president and editor-in-chief, Inc.                                                                                                                                  

9:10 am

What to Do When You Know What’s Happening Anytime, Anywhere in the World

Damien Patton, founder of Banjo, recounts the events that led him to create social media software that knows what is happening all over the world–immediately. He’ll explore how Banjo’s technology is positively affecting business practices among industries as diverse as financial services,marketing, insurance, news and media, public health, and beyond, and discuss how business intelligence will become essential for your company to stay competitive.
Speaker: Damien Patton, founder of Banjo

9:50 am

How to Deliciously Build an Empire

Inspired by their grandmother, Katherine Kallinis Berman and Sophie Kallinis LaMontagne traded careers in fashion and venture capital to follow their passion for baking and opened Georgetown Cupcake in Washington, D.C. Since 2008, these savvy sisters have expanded Georgetown Cupcake to include online e-commerce and brick-and mortar locations in Maryland, New York City, Boston, Los Angeles, and Atlanta. Katherine and Sophie will open up about their business partnerships. (How easy—or difficult—is it to make decisions as a pair?) Plus, the women will share their strategy (and missteps) with scaling and offer secrets to strengthening any brand.

Speakers: Katherine Kallinis Berman and Sophie Kallinis LaMontagne, founders, Georgetown Cupcake; and authors, The Cupcake Diaries and Sweet Celebrations

10:40 am

Break

11:15 am

How to Grow to Sell

Tech entrepreneur and investor Chinedu Echeruo founded, built, and and sold HopStop.com, an online city transit guide, to Apple in 2013. Echeruo will share lessons he has learned from starting multiple companies, and focus on the power and potential of creativity — the key elements needed to create a valuable company. He’ll also discuss his latest venture, Gigameet.com, a cause-based fundraising and networking platform.

Speaker: Chinedu Echeruo, CEO and founder, Gigameet.com; founder, HopStop.com and
Tripology.com

12:00 pm

2016 GROWCO Closing Keynote: A City as a Startup

Speaker: Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos; and author of Delivering Happiness

1:00 pm

Networking Lunch

Grab some food and recharge after this morning’s sessions, share important insights and your your most memorable moments at GrowCo. Plus, be sure you continue the conversation and follow @IncLiveEvents and #GrowCo16 for live coverage.

2:15 pm

Concurrent Sessions

2:15 pm

30 Under 30: How to Play Out of Bounds

Speaker: Jessica O. Matthews, founder and CEO, Uncharted Play

2:15 pm

Delivering Happiness: Building a Culture for Profit and Purpose

2:15 pm

Where’s the Money? How to Find Capital for Your Business

Speakers: Ami Kassar, founder and chief executive, MultiFunding; and columnist, Inc.com; Peter Lehrman, founder and CEO, Axial; and Maci Peterson, co-founder and CEO, On Second Thought

Moderator: Maria Aspan, senior editor, Inc.

2:15 pm

B2B, B2C, Reality, and Revenue: How to Bootstrap Social Media Sales

Session Leader: Marty Weintraub, founder and evangelist, aimClear; and author, Killer Facebook Ads and The Complete Social Media Community Manager’s Guide

2:50 pm

30 Under 30: Sleeper Hit—Disrupting a Tired Industry

Speaker: Luke Sherwin, co-founder and CCO, Casper

Interviewer: Donna Fenn, contributing editor, Inc.com; and author, Upstarts!

3:30 pm

GrowCo 2016 concludes

May 17, 2016

10:00 am -
5:00 pm

Registration Open

10:30 am -
3:00 pm

The “Downtown Project” Tour

Experience the “Downtown Project,” a collective committed to transforming downtown Las Vegas into the most community-focused large city in the world. During this enhanced self-guided tour, GROWCO attendees will meet the many business owners and entrepreneurs who call this area home and headquarters. Get an inside look at their enterprises (ranging from toys, tech and BBQ, to wine and books) as you explore the bourgeoning neighborhood. Prior to departing on your discovery stroll with Downtown Project members, enjoy a delicious lunch at the historic 24/7 hangout Gold Spike. While you partake in good eats and fun games, network with senior-executives from Zappos.com. Learn how the company creates happy customers and employees, and continues to redefine what an award-winning corporate culture looks like. The tour will conclude at Downtown Container Park, a lively shopping center built from shipping containers that includes galleries and a courtyard with playground. All participants will receive a welcome bag featuring tour materials, refreshments, a $25 Zappos.com gift card, and a copy of Tony Hsieh’s book Delivering Happiness.  Lunch is included. Roundtrip ground transportation provided by Lincoln.

Additional fee to participate.

12:00 pm -
3:00 pm

Inc.edu Course: Open-Book Management – Incentivize Your Team and Profit in Business

In this interactive course, participants will learn the fundamentals of Jack Stack’s best-selling book,The Great Game of Business and learn how to implement it into their own businesses. In its simplest form, the ultimate goal is to create a “business of business people” who think, act and feel like owners. Participants will learn to develop their own Great Game to keep their employees focused on a common goal, encourage them to work together and build a winning team, and develop an engaged team that drives results and creates wins. Attendees will receive a complimentary copy of The Great Game of Business. Lunch is included. There is an additional fee to participate.

Session leader: Steve Baker, vice president, the Great Game of Business Inc.

 

12:00 pm -
3:00 pm

​Banjo Tour

Get a rare opportunity to go behind the scenes of the world’s first crystal ball. Banjo is an early-warning and situational awareness company that is disrupting how organizations make business decisions.  Using next-level artificial intelligence, Banjo discovers the valuable signals amongst all the social media noise. The result is live, actionable insights that change the way you think and respond to what is happening around you. During this experience, you will step inside Banjo’s live war room. You’ll see first-hand how the company harnesses its technology and learn how “event-detection” can make or break any industry. The tour kicks off with an intimate conversation with Banjo’s founder and CEO, Damien Patton, followed by a lunch-and-learn with brand ambassadors of the company. Participants will receive giveaways courtesy of Banjo. Lunch and round trip ground transportation included.

12:00 pm -
3:00 pm

Inc.edu Course: Branding-Building and Customer Service: How to Stand Out From the Crowd

In this interactive course, learn nine implementable strategies for designing emotionally powerful, loyalty-building, and brand-enhancing customer experiences. Some are counterintuitive but all are rooted in the powerful science of happiness. Discover how to make a lasting impression on your customers from a senior brand strategy expert with 10+ years experience building brands for Fortune 500 companies. Lunch is included. There is an additional fee to participate.

Session Leader: Hilary Folger, partner, brand strategy, Lippincott

4:20 pm -
4:30 pm

Welcome

Remarks: Eric Schurenberg, president and editor-in-chief, Inc.

4:30 pm -
5:30 pm

Exclusive Opening Session: Business as a Force for Good

During this inspiring keynote, social entrepreneur Blake Mycoskie will explain how and why he started TOMS, a self-sustaining for-profit company dedicated to improving lives through business. You’ll learn about the risks and rewards of chasing ideas bigger than yourself and how you can bring together profit and purpose in your own industry. This will be followed by a high-octane pitch competition powered by Inc. and the newly launched TOMS Social Entrepreneurship Fund.

Speaker: Blake Mycoskie, founder and Chief Shoe Giver of TOMS; and author of Start Something That Matters

Interviewer: Kris Frieswick, executive editor, Inc.

5:30 pm -
6:30 pm

Inc. + TOMS Pitch for Good

Inc. and TOMS are joining forces to find the next generation of social ventures with the first ever Inc + TOMS Pitch for Good. During this fun and fast-paced event, founders will pitch an all-star panel of entrepreneurs, for the chance to secure up to $100,000 in funding from TOMS Social Entrepreneurship Fund. Participants will have just two minutes to make their best pitch in front of a live audience. Our judges will then ask questions, provide feedback, and ultimately award funding. Come be a part of the action as you watch it all unfold live onstage.

Judges: Blake Mycoskie, founder and chief shoe giver, Toms Shoes; and author, Start Something That Matters; Chinedu Echeruo, founder and CEO, Gigameet.com; and founder, Hopstop.com and Tripology.com; and Danae Ringelmann, founder and chief development officer, Indiegogo

6:30 pm -
8:30 pm

Inc. Marketplace Opens

Grab a refreshment, chat up fellow attendees and meet with the our exhibitors.

6:30 pm -
8:30 pm

GrowCo Welcome Reception

With the bright, glittery lights of the Las Vegas Strip in the background, set your sights on enhancing your network. During this fun and casual gathering, grab a bite, enjoy a cocktail, and mingle with colleagues and hundreds of your peers. Also, be sure to meet and interact with our conference sponsors throughout the evening. Make the most of your time here by enjoying the official kickoff to Inc.’s Grow Your Company Conference.

6:45 pm -
7:15 pm

Meet the Speaker Book Signing

Speaker:Blake Mycoskie

(Books are free while supplies last)

8:30 pm -
10:30 pm

Meet the Editors Casino Night

Feeling lucky? Take a chance and join Inc. editors and columnists as well as your fellow GrowCo attendees for what promises to be a winning night filled with purposeful networking and innocent fun at our “gambling” tables. Refreshing cocktails, delectable food, and great games are included. Ante up!

Space is limited, and there is an additional fee to participate.

 

May 18, 2016

8:00 am -
5:00 pm

Registration Open

8:00 am -
7:00 pm

Inc. Marketplace Opens

Grab a refreshment, chat up fellow attendees and meet with the our exhibitors.

8:00 am -
9:00 am

Coffee Hour

Join fellow attendees and conference sponsors for coffee and conversation at GrowCo’s Coffee Hour!

9:00 am -
9:05 am

Welcome

Remarks: Eric Schurenberg, president and editor-in-chief, Inc.                                                                                                                                  

9:10 am -
9:40 am

Fearlessness and the Future

Alexis Ohanian personified the dorm-room tech entrepreneur when, in 2005, he co-founded Reddit, the entertainment, social networking, and news website. Today, Reddit is among the top 50 websites in the world. Ohanian has gone on to start and invest in many successful companies like Hipmunk and Breadpig. He will share his business philosophies
on failure, on how not to worry about the competition, and on why it is essential to stay focused on creating your product or service.

Speaker:􀀌􀀀 Alexis Ohanian, co-founder, Reddit; co-founder, Y Combinator; and author, Without Their Permission: How the 21st Century Will Be Made, Not Managed; Q&A Moderator: Christine Lagorio, senior writer, Inc.

9:50 am -
10:35 am

The Brand of YOU

From YouTube to Twitter and Instagram to cable TV, today’s entrepreneur has to utilize multiple media platforms to be seen and heard. We bring together seasoned entrepreneurs and experts who know just how to build a personal brand using various content channels as well as leverage that power to create lucrative business ventures. This is a conversation about how artists and entrepreneurs can and are using new media pathways to start, build and grow successful businesses.

Speakers: Nick Cannon, founder, Ncredible Entertainment; and host, Wild ‘N Out and America’s Got Talent; Michelle Phan, co-founder, Ipsy; Brian VolkWeiss, president, Comedy Dynamics

10:45 am -
11:20 am

How to Be Fit in Business and Life

Jillian Michaels has been a fitness and wellness expert for more than 20 years. Her dream was to turn her training business into an international fitness and lifestyle brand, and so she turned to her business partner, Giancarlo Chersich, a branding and business expert, for help. Together they will explain how they turned a personal passion into a powerful brand and, ultimately, into a successful business empire.

Speakers: Jillian Michaels, co-founder, Empowered Media; and health and wellness expert; and Giancarlo Chersich, co-founder and CEO, Empowered Media

11:25 am -
11:50 am

Break

12:00 pm -
1:05 pm

Concurrent Sessions

12:00 pm -
1:05 pm

A Winning Workplace—How to Drive Innovation, Ideas and ROI

Speakers: Steve Baker, vice president, the Great Game of Business Inc.; and Michael Chernow, co-owner, The Meatball Shop

12:00 pm -
1:05 pm

Where’s the Money? How to Find Capital for Your Business

Speakers: Ami Kassar, founder and chief executive, MultiFunding; and columnist, Inc.com; Peter Lehrman, founder and CEO, Axial; and Maci Peterson, co-founder and CEO, On Second Thought Moderator: Maria Aspan, senior editor, Inc.

12:00 pm -
1:05 pm

B2B, B2C, Reality, and Revenue: How to Bootstrap Social Media Sales

Session Leader: Marty Weintraub, founder and evangelist, aimClear; and author, Killer Facebook Ads and The Complete Social Media Community Manager’s Guide

12:00 pm -
1:05 pm

How to Perfect Your Pitch

Session Leader: Kevin Daum, founder and CEO, TAE International; author, Roar! and Video Marketing for Dummies; and columnist, Inc.com

12:00 pm -
12:30 pm

30 Under 30: How to Launch a Kickass Startup

Speakers: Sarah Prevette, founder, Sprouter and Future Design School (FDS)

12:00 pm -
1:05 pm

Bands, Blush and Business: Straight Talk With Twisted Sister

Speaker: Jay Jay French, founder and lead guitarist, Twisted Sister; and columnist, Inc.com

12:35 pm -
1:05 pm

30 Under 30: Building a Purpose-Driven Company

Speakers: Nikhil Arora and Alejandro (Alex) Velez, co-founders, Back to the Roots

1:05 pm -
2:05 pm

Networking Lunch

Enjoy the meal as you make lasting connections with potential partners, colleagues, and friends and discuss what it means to start, run or grow a business. Follow @IncLiveEvents and #GrowCo16 throughout the event for live coverage.

2:15 pm -
3:20 pm

Concurrent Sessions

2:15 pm -
3:20 pm

Ask Norm Brodsky Anything

Speaker: Norm Brodsky, founder, CitiStorage; partner, Black Gold Suites; columnist, Inc.; and co-author, Street Smarts

2:15 pm -
3:20 pm

How to Tell Your Story

Speakers to be announced.

2:15 pm -
2:45 pm

30 Under 30: Learning How to Lead, Old School

Speaker: Nick Friedman, co-founder and president, College Hunks Hauling Junk and College Hunks Moving

2:15 pm -
3:20 pm

How To Perfect Your Pitch

Session Leader: Kevin Daum, founder and CEO, TAE International; author, Roar! and Video Marketing for Dummies; and columnist, Inc.com

Special Guest: Scott Salyers, supervising casting producer, ABC’s Shark Tank

2:15 pm -
3:20 pm

Ignorance is Risk: What You Need to Know to Grow

Session Leader: Howard Tullman, CEO, 1871; and general managing partner, G2T3V; and columnist, Inc.com

2:50 pm -
3:20 pm

30 Under 30: How to Build a Great Brand, Block by Block

Speaker: Debbie Sterling, founder and CEO, GoldieBlox
Interviewer: Donna Fenn, contributing editor, Inc.com; and author, Upstarts!

3:20 pm -
3:45 pm

Break

3:55 pm -
4:35 pm

How to Use Technology to Increase Sales

Fashion designer Rebecca Minkoff knew that when she launched her clothing and accessories line, no ordinary brick-and-mortar store would do. So she and her business partner and brother, Uri Minkoff, created the retail store of the future by utilizing emerging technologies including interactive dressing rooms and touch-screen mirrors. Their game-changing approach has translated into vastly increased sales. Rebecca and Uri will share how brands can grow and thrive by creatively integrating new technology into the consumer shopping experience.
Speakers: Rebecca Minkoff, 􀀌􀀀co-founder and creative director, Rebecca Minkoff LLC; and Uri Minkoff, co-founder and CEO, Rebecca Minkoff LLC

4:40 pm -
5:20 pm

Why It’s Important to Make Stuff That Matters

Rainn Wilson co-founded SoulPancake, a media company that produces digital and television content that explores life’s big questions, and champions creativity. With CEO Shabnam Mogharabi at his side, he has seen SoulPancake’s positive movement take off — the company ranked 114 on last year’s Inc. 5000. You’ll learn how they used the power of YouTube and viral content to grow their message and their company.

Speakers: Rainn Wilson, co-founder, SoulPancake; and Shabnam Mogharabi, CEO, SoulPancake

Interviewer: Jon Fine, executive editor, Inc.

5:25 pm -
6:10 pm

What Uber and Shark Tank Can Teach You About Entrepreneurship

Speaker: Chris SaccaLowercase Capital
Interviewer: James Ledbetter, editor, Inc. and Inc.com; and author, Unwarranted Influence

 

6:15 pm -
7:15 pm

High Roller Networking Happy Hour

Hosted by Spark Business From Capital One
Wrap up a high-impact day of learning and networking with cocktails and tasty bites at our casual Happy Hour. Discuss the highlights of today’s sessions, meet some of the speakers and Inc. personalities and continue meeting the exceptional entrepreneurs in attendance!  Be sure to share your thoughts and fun photos on twitter #GrowCo16 and facebook.

8:30 pm -
11:00 pm

GrowCo Conference Party

Hosted by Spark Business From Capital One
Relax and unwind by the Red Rock Resort pool with delicious bites, great music, and refreshing cocktails during the official 2016 GrowCo conference party.  Come hang out and revel in all the different elements this party has to offer. Join the conversation on @IncLiveEvents  #GrowCo16 for the sights and sounds of the evening. Free to GrowCo conference attendees; badges required for entry.

May 19, 2016

8:00 am -
12:00 pm

Registration Open

8:00 am -
3:30 pm

Inc. Marketplace Open

Grab a refreshment, chat up fellow attendees and meet with the our exhibitors.

8:00 am -
9:00 am

Coffee Hour

Join fellow attendees and conference sponsors for coffee and conversation at GrowCo’s Coffee Hour!

8:00 am -
3:30 pm

Shark Tank Open Casting Call

RED ROCK CASINO & RESORT CHARLESTON BALLROOM
11011 W. Charleston Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89135
8:00 AM to 10:00 AM – Numbered Wristbands Distributed
9:00 AM – Interviews Begin

To apply visit:
http://abc.go.com/shows/shark-tank/open-call

9:00 am -
9:05 am

Welcome

Remarks: Eric Schurenberg, president and editor-in-chief, Inc.                                                                                                                                  

9:10 am -
9:45 am

What to Do When You Know What’s Happening Anytime, Anywhere in the World

Damien Patton, founder of Banjo, recounts the events that led him to create social media software that knows what is happening all over the world–immediately. He’ll explore how Banjo’s technology is positively affecting business practices among industries as diverse as financial services,marketing, insurance, news and media, public health, and beyond, and discuss how business intelligence will become essential for your company to stay competitive.
Speaker: Damien Patton, founder of Banjo

9:50 am -
10:40 am

How to Deliciously Build an Empire

Inspired by their grandmother, Katherine Kallinis Berman and Sophie Kallinis LaMontagne traded careers in fashion and venture capital to follow their passion for baking and opened Georgetown Cupcake in Washington, D.C. Since 2008, these savvy sisters have expanded Georgetown Cupcake to include online e-commerce and brick-and mortar locations in Maryland, New York City, Boston, Los Angeles, and Atlanta. Katherine and Sophie will open up about their business partnerships. (How easy—or difficult—is it to make decisions as a pair?) Plus, the women will share their strategy (and missteps) with scaling and offer secrets to strengthening any brand.

Speakers: Katherine Kallinis Berman and Sophie Kallinis LaMontagne, founders, Georgetown Cupcake; and authors, The Cupcake Diaries and Sweet Celebrations

10:40 am -
11:05 am

Break

11:15 am -
11:55 am

How to Grow to Sell

Tech entrepreneur and investor Chinedu Echeruo founded, built, and and sold HopStop.com, an online city transit guide, to Apple in 2013. Echeruo will share lessons he has learned from starting multiple companies, and focus on the power and potential of creativity — the key elements needed to create a valuable company. He’ll also discuss his latest venture, Gigameet.com, a cause-based fundraising and networking platform.

Speaker: Chinedu Echeruo, CEO and founder, Gigameet.com; founder, HopStop.com and
Tripology.com

12:00 pm -
1:00 pm

2016 GROWCO Closing Keynote: A City as a Startup

Speaker: Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos; and author of Delivering Happiness

1:00 pm -
2:00 pm

Networking Lunch

Grab some food and recharge after this morning’s sessions, share important insights and your your most memorable moments at GrowCo. Plus, be sure you continue the conversation and follow @IncLiveEvents and #GrowCo16 for live coverage.

2:15 pm -
3:30 pm

Concurrent Sessions

2:15 pm -
2:45 pm

30 Under 30: How to Play Out of Bounds

Speaker: Jessica O. Matthews, founder and CEO, Uncharted Play

2:15 pm -
3:20 pm

Delivering Happiness: Building a Culture for Profit and Purpose

2:15 pm -
3:20 pm

Where’s the Money? How to Find Capital for Your Business

Speakers: Ami Kassar, founder and chief executive, MultiFunding; and columnist, Inc.com; Peter Lehrman, founder and CEO, Axial; and Maci Peterson, co-founder and CEO, On Second Thought

Moderator: Maria Aspan, senior editor, Inc.

2:15 pm -
3:20 pm

B2B, B2C, Reality, and Revenue: How to Bootstrap Social Media Sales

Session Leader: Marty Weintraub, founder and evangelist, aimClear; and author, Killer Facebook Ads and The Complete Social Media Community Manager’s Guide

2:50 pm -
3:20 pm

30 Under 30: Sleeper Hit—Disrupting a Tired Industry

Speaker: Luke Sherwin, co-founder and CCO, Casper

Interviewer: Donna Fenn, contributing editor, Inc.com; and author, Upstarts!

3:30 pm -
12:00 am

GrowCo 2016 concludes