Sanwal Joins Speakers From Leading Retailers, Venture Funds and Startups at Soldier Field Conference

gener8tor announces Anand Sawal, Co-Founder and CEO of CB Insights, will be delivering his keynote, The Unbundling of Retail, at gener8tor’s OnRamp Retail Conference on Tuesday, October 11 at Chicago’s Soldier Field. Anand will be joining leaders from Target, Kohl’s, Walgreens, Best Buy, DSW, Simon Venture Group, Mattel, Sears, Harley-Davidson, Under Armour, Mars and dozens of other corporations along with leading venture capitalists and startups at the event.

The OnRamp Retail Conference brings the industry’s leading corporations, investors and startups together. The conference will highlight innovations disrupting the retail and
e-Commerce industry, the leaders making such innovations possible and how new technologies and business models will reinvent the industry. The conference will also feature one-on-one pitch sessions between participating corporations/CVCs/VCs and startups.

“The retail industry has faced unprecedented change over the past decade that promises to be met with an even more disruptive future. Our hope for OnRamp Retail is to connect the stakeholders in the corporate, investment and startup community driving this change with the goal of improving the industry via collaboration, partnerships and investment,” said Sara Woldt, Director of Business Development at gener8tor and OnRamp Co-Founder and Chief Organizer.

OnRamp Retail is pleased to welcome leading industry experts from across the retail landscape to speak at the conference. At the event, 18 retail corporations are registered to meet
one-on-one with the nearly 200 startups who applied to participate including: Best Buy, BP, CUNA Mutual Group, DSW, Harley-Davidson, Intel Capital, Jewelers Mutual Insurance, Kohl’s, Li & Fung, Mattel, Mars, Simon Venture Group, Steinhafels, Target, True Value, U.S. Cellular, Walgreens and Westfield. In many cases, these organizations are bringing both operational executives, as well as their corporate venture and innovation teams.

“With this inaugural OnRamp Retail event, we hope to establish a platform for industry leading executives, startups and venture capitalists to connect on the opportunities and challenges facing the industry. Our goal is to make OnRamp Retail the premier gathering of retail-related corporate venture capital and innovation executives, VCs and startups,” said Troy Vosseller, Co-Founder of gener8tor and OnRamp.

This gathering of corporate partners has attracted an immense following in the startup community. Founders and executives from nearly 200 startups having raised more than $500M will attend the conference.

About the OnRamp Retail Conference: The OnRamp Retail Conference will take place on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 from 8:00 am – 6:15 pm at Chicago’s Soldier Field (1410 Museum Campus Drive Chicago, IL 60605). Registration and ticketing information is available at . For more information about ticketing or sponsorship opportunities, contact conference organizer, Sara Woldt at

The 2016 OnRamp Retail Conference is sponsored by 4490 Ventures, Insperity, Kapow, ReviewTrackers and Zymo, with additional support from its media partners, CB Insights and
Retail Dive. For more information about OnRamp Retail, visit or follow @onrampretail on Twitter.

About the OnRamp Conference Series: The OnRamp Conference Series grew out of a desire to provide entrepreneurs at various stages of growth with access to high level corporate leaders and later stage investors. Started in 2013, OnRamp has evolved into vertical-specific events featuring conference programming and curated one-on-one pitch sessions between startups and corporate venture capital and innovation executives. OnRamp strives to be the premier gathering of corporate venture capital and innovation executives in each industry it serves. Current verticals include Insurance and Retail & e-Commerce.

About gener8tor: gener8tor is a nationally ranked accelerator that invests in high-growth startups. Twice a year, gener8tor invests up to $140K in each of five startups who receive a concierge experience during our 12-week program. gener8tor supports the growth of these startups through our network of experienced mentors, technologists, corporate partners, angel investors and venture capitalists. gener8tor is a proud member of the Global Accelerator Network (GAN) and is sponsored by American Family Insurance.
For more information about gener8tor, visit or follow @gener8tor on Twitter.