IGNITE brings together perspectives from entrepreneurs, innovators, investors, and thought leaders across the San Diego ecosystem.

Keynote speaker and moderator

Scot Chisholm
CEO and Co-founder, Classy

Scot is the CEO & co-founder of Classy, the world’s leading fundraising platform for social good organizations. Since 2011, Classy has helped more than 3,000 nonprofits and social enterprises raise hundreds of millions of dollars including Oxfam, The World Food Program and Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Classy was recently selected by Fast Company as one of “The World’s Most Innovative Companies in Social Good”, to the “100 Brilliant Companies” list by Entrepreneur Magazine and to Glassdoor’s “2017 Top 50 Places to Work in the United States – SMB”.

Scot originally co-founded Classy to raise money for the American Cancer Society after his mother had been through two bouts with breast cancer. Since then, he’s led Classy from that first pub crawl fundraiser into a venture-backed SaaS company with a team of 200+ people and a vision to help accelerate social impact around the world. Classy is now backed by some of the leading technology venture capitalists in the world, including JMI, Mithril Capital Partners, Salesforce Ventures, Bullpen Capital and others.

Jon Belmonte
CEO, Spoutable

Jon is CEO of Spoutable, a machine learning company delivering superior website monetization through highly engaging digital advertising experiences. Spoutable is industry expert in blending various forms of paid and organic media (video, content, display, email, quick links) into a single, high impact unit to maximize digital publisher revenue, advertiser ROI and consumer experience.

Prior to cofounding Spoutable, Jon was CEO of Active Network (ACTV) where he led the company’s highly competitive take-private process culminating in a $1B sale to Vista Equity Partners. Prior to that, he was the founder & principal of Cedar Ridge Ventures, COO at Active Network for 12 years, co-founder of LeagueLink and a consultant at the Boston Consulting Group. Jon earned his MBA from Kellogg (Northwestern Univ.) and his BSE from Wharton (Univ. of Pennsylvania).


  • Greg Horowitt
    Greg Horowitt Co-founder and Managing Director, T2 Venture Capital
  • Nadir Weibel
    Nadir Weibel Assistant Research Professor, Computer Science, UC San Diego
  • Donal Gavagan
    Donal Gavagan Director, Strategic Growth & Special Projects, Solar Turbines
  • Lesley Stolz
    Lesley Stolz Head, JLABS California
  • Amy Bernal
    Amy Bernal Director of Agent Services, Aira
  • Steph Barry
    Steph Barry Assistant Vice Chancellor, Alumni and Community Engagement, UC San Diego
  • Pedro Suarez
    Pedro Suarez Intellectual Property, Mintz Levin
  • Pamela Hwang
    Pamela Hwang Sr. Associate, DLA Piper
  • Nikki Truitt
    Nikki Truitt Founder, Metamer Materials
  • Will Ford
    Will Ford President, LaunchBoom
  • YY Zhou
    YY Zhou Professor, UC San Diego
  • Kush Kapila
    Kush Kapila Founder and CEO, STERLINGS Mobile Salon & Barber Co.
  • Garrett Smith
    Garrett Smith Program Director, Blue LINC BioMedical Incubator, UC San Diego
  • Ken Davenport
    Ken Davenport CEO, MissonEdge
  • Chris Chen
    Chris Chen Strategy Development Manager, SDG&E
  • Matthew Bresnahan
    Matthew Bresnahan Patent and Licensing Attorney, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
  • Vish Krishnan
    Vish Krishnan Professor, Rady School of Management
  • Allison Long Pettine
    Allison Long Pettine Founding Partner, SEED San Diego
  • Lada Rasochova
    Lada Rasochova Executive Director, California Institute for Innovation and Development, UC San Diego
  • Kimberly Davis King
    Kimberly Davis King Lecturer and Co-director, StartR and mystartupxx, UC San Diego
  • Jay Gilberg
    Jay Gilberg Lead NSF I-Corps Instructor, Institute for the Global Entrepreneur
  • Del Foit
    Del Foit Lecturer, Rady School of Management
  • Michael Meyer
    Michael Meyer Lecturer, UCSD Design Lab and Rady School of Management
  • Ron Shigeta
    Ron Shigeta Chief Science Officer, IndieBio
  • Sujit Dey
    Sujit Dey Professor and Director, Institute for the Global Entrepreneur, UC San Diego
  • Albert Pisano
    Albert Pisano Dean, Jacobs School of Engineering
  • Iman Famili
    Iman Famili President and Acting CEO, Sinopia Biosciences
  • Stephen Mayfield
    Stephen Mayfield Director, California Center for Algae Biotechnology
  • Sandeep Mor
    Sandeep Mor Director of Corporate Development, Sempra Energy
  • Dennis Abremski
    Dennis Abremski Executive Director, Institute for the Global Entrepreneur, UC San Diego
  • Greg McKee
    Greg McKee President and CEO, Connect
  • Barbara Bry
    Barbara Bry Councilmember, City Council
  • Olin Hyde
    Olin Hyde CEO, LeadCrunch ai
  • John Cabeca
    John Cabeca Director, West Coast US Patent and Trademark Office
  • Ruben Flores-Saaib
    Ruben Flores-Saaib Director of Commercialization, UC San Diego
  • Alex Boone
    Alex Boone CEO, Entrepreneur Challenge
  • Gloria Negrete
    Gloria Negrete Program Committee Co-chair + Director, The Basement
  • Pradeep K. Khosla
    Pradeep K. Khosla Chancellor, UC San Diego
  • Neal Bloom
    Neal Bloom Southern California lead, Hired, Inc.
  • Rajesh Grover
    Rajesh Grover Assistant Professor, The Scripps Research Institute
  • Jennifer Schneider
    Jennifer Schneider Principal, Tiber Creek Partners, LLC
  • Avary Kent
    Avary Kent Executive Director, Conveners.org
  • Briana Weisinger
    Briana Weisinger Conference Chair + Startup Advocate
  • Paul Roben
    Paul Roben Associate Vice Chancellor for Innovation and Commercialization
  • Donna Shaw
    Donna Shaw Assistant Director, Life Science Licensing, UC San Diego
  • Kristen Knepper
    Kristen Knepper Founder and Consultant, Kristen Knepper Consulting
  • David Gibbons
    David Gibbons Assistant Director, Physical Sciences Licensing, UC San Diego

Mentors and judges

  • Yanina Adler
    Yanina Adler Board Member, Tech Coast Angels
  • Michael Brown
    Michael Brown Partner, DLA Piper
  • Greg Horowitt
    Greg Horowitt Co-founder and Managing Director, T2 Venture Capital
  • Crystal Culhane
    Crystal Culhane Associate, Fish & Richardson
  • Martha Dennis
    Martha Dennis Principal, Gordian Knot
  • Lucy Beard
    Lucy Beard CEO and Founder, Feetz
  • Rick Hernandez
    Rick Hernandez Investor / Entrepreneur, Tech Coast Angels
  • Ricardo dos Santos
    Ricardo dos Santos Lecturer, Rady School of Management
  • Jay Kunin
    Jay Kunin Tech Coast Angels
  • Takashi Kiyoizumi
    Takashi Kiyoizumi Managing Director, Kiyoizumi Advisory, LLC
  • Clifford Boro
    Clifford Boro Managing Partner, Entry Ventures Group
  • Andy Kieatiwong
    Andy Kieatiwong Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Additive Rocket Corporation
  • Shachar Lovett
    Shachar Lovett Assistant Professor, Computer Science, UC San Diego
  • Mike Krenn
    Mike Krenn President, San Diego Venture Group
  • Ryan Hill
    Ryan Hill Student, Triton Entrepreneurs
  • Sarah Guthals
    Sarah Guthals Social Engineer and Entrepreneur, We Can and GitHub
  • Andrea Dorigo
    Andrea Dorigo Of Counsel, Fish and Richardson
  • Teresa Lavoie
    Teresa Lavoie Principal, Fish and Richardson
  • Adriana Guetter
    Adriana Guetter Co-founder and President, Lumnus Consulting
  • Andy White
    Andy White Startup Advocate, Downtown San Diego Partnership
  • Rakesh Kumar
    Rakesh Kumar President, TCX Inc.
  • Neal Bloom
    Neal Bloom Southern California lead, Hired, Inc.
  • Tim Rueth
    Tim Rueth Technology and Business Advisor
  • Rajesh Grover
    Rajesh Grover Assistant Professor, The Scripps Research Institute
  • Avary Kent
    Avary Kent Executive Director, Conveners.org