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With Kevin Simmons (Loftyinc Capital), Christian Watts (Founder/CEO, Magpie Travel), Xan Hong (Scout, Million Labs), Dina Saoudi (Investor).
Thursday, August 05, 2021 at 03:30 PM   Not Known   Online
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Join us for a virtual night of networking & learning from an all-star panel. The event will be in this format.


6:30 - 6:45 pm EDT: Introduction & Networking

6:45 - 7:45 pm EDT: Panel Discussion & Audience Q&A

7:45 - 8:00 pm EDT: Networking


1. Kevin Simmons - Venture Partner at LoftyInc Capital Management

Kevin Simmons is a technology investor & strategic advisor to technology startups. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, with service at the United States Military Academy at West Point, he excels at leadership & team dynamics in high-stress environments.

He is a former project manager for global oil giant Chevron where he managed complex engineering & construction projects in 6 countries & his work has been featured in the leading industry publication Offshore. He holds advanced management & business degrees from Stanford University, Rice University, & the University of Oxford. He has helped launch four technology startups, including UK award-winning Aceleron where he was the Chief Finance & Operations Officer, intelligent vehicle charging venture Electric Miles, & notable US-based Innclusive which was featured in The Fast Company; The Washington Post; & Forbes.

He is an experienced angel & venture capital investor with over 65 personal investments into US, UK, African, & Latin American technology ventures. He was a founding member of the Valhalla Investment Group, & the Afroprenuer Angels Group, & is now a Venture Partner with pan-African VC leader LoftyInc Capital Management which has invested in over 100 technology companies including Africa's 1st unicorn, Flutterwave. Kevin manages the deal flow pipeline from sourcing to investment committee stages. Kevin writes & gives classes on pitching, raising capital, & navigating startup challenges to accelerators & incubators in Canada & the UK.

2. Xan Hong - Entrepreneur & Scout for Million Labs

Xan Hong received his Bachelor's in Biology from the University of Pennsylvania where he competed on the Varsity Men's Track team for four years. He later also received his Master's in Education from the University of Pennsylvania during which he served as a student teacher & volunteer track & field coach at a University High School in West Philadelphia. He has since served as an adjunct professor in Entrepreneurial Finance at Lincoln University. He still regularly volunteers his time mentoring & speaking to youth from inner city schools & other young entrepreneurs.

Xan has been an entrepreneur for over 15 years in a variety of industries including real estate development, food & beverage, e-commerce, insurance & financial services, marketing communications, & technology. During this time, his companies have grossed over $10 million in revenue. His expertise is in marketing strategy, digital marketing, & sales.

Currently, Xan is the CEO & Founder of ONTrac, a technology company that empowers individuals to reach their potential by simplifying the process of achieving their life goals. They are currently beta testing & will be launching a live version later this year. He also is an investor & principal in an independent insurance agency & owns an e-commerce business. In addition to his role as a startup founder, Xan also serves as a venture scout for Million Labs, a firm out of the United Kingdom that invests in early-stage founders to help them get their minimal viable product (MVP) to market).

Xan lives in Middletown, Delaware with his wife & 8-year-old daughter. He was the former President of the University of Pennsylvania Alumni Society of Delaware.

3. Dina Saoudi - Entrepreneur & Investor

4. Christian Watts - Founder & CEO at Magpie Travel

Christian is the founder & CEO of Magpie Travel, a SaaS company focused on content management for the tours & activities sector.

He brought the first Hop On Hop Off sightseeing service to San Francisco, under the City Sightseeing brand.

During the last 20 years in the Tours & Activities industry, with 150 distributor contracts, as well as Travel Agents, Concierges & Affiliates, he learnt that the industry needed a better way to manage content & increase distribution. The entire industry operates via a handful of inefficient extranets, & a few billion emails each year with Word, Excel, & PDF attachments, along with some Dropbox links.

He started Magpie to solve these problems, & help companies manage their content, & increase sales via broader & more efficient distribution.
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