At The Lead Summit | July 11th, 2024

The Innovation Forum
At The Lead Summit

The Innovation Forum brings together Brand and Retail technology leaders, investors, entrepreneurs, and corporate innovators to co-identify the trends, companies and solution that will enable the future of digital commerce. This 3-hour event will feature panel discussions, a selection of future-looking curated start-ups, stakeholder (roundtable) discussions and structured networking.

Co-Create The Tech Stack of 2025

See Where VCs Are Placing Big Bets

Stakeholder Roundtable Discussions

Curated Start-Ups Serving Digital Commerce


The Innovation Forum, for just 200 attendees, features a well proportioned group of Brand & Retail technology innovators and leadership, venture capital (and CVCs), start-up CEOs and Big Tech. It is a place for all innovation stakeholders to gather to co-create the technology solutions of 2025 and beyond.


Scott Friend 
Bain Capital Ventures

Noam Paransky
Chief Omni and Innovation Officer
Tapestry, Inc.

The Lead has a boutique feel to it - where the crowd size is just large enough that it's buzzy and exciting, but just small enough that you run into people you know wherever you turn. It's intimate yet spirited. The Lead pulls together the best of the best in retail tech all in one place!
Rima Reddy


The agenda is designed to help Brand & Retail technology leadership, investors, corporate (Big Tech) innovators and Start-Ups gather an understanding of the needs of 2025 and beyond.

Preliminary Agenda:


2:30 – 2:45 PM

Coffee and Networking

2:45 – 3:o5 PM

Venture Capital Investments in Retail Tech :

Scott Friend, Partner, Bain Capital Ventures

Additional Speaker to be Announced

3:05 – 3:25 PM

Innovation Stakeholders on the Future of Partnerships:

Pano Anthos, Founder & Managing Director, XRC Ventures

Josh Kruck, SVP, Digital, Kohl’s

3:25 – 3:40 PM

Tech Presentation

Speakers to be Announced

3:40 – 4:10 PM

Stakeholder Roundtable Discussions

4:10 – 4:30 PM

Corporate Innovation Panel:

Noam Paransky, Chief Omni and Innovation Officer, Tapestry, inc.

Additional Speaker to be Announced

4:30 – 5:30 PM

Start-Up Cocktail Mixer

5:25 –  5:30 PM

Start-Up Winners Announced


Insightful Panel Discussions

Stakeholder Roundtable Discussions 

Start-Up Cocktail Mixer

Panel Discussions

Leading investors with proven track records in digital commerce consumer start-ups discuss the investment trends, opportunities, companies and future of the space. Sessions focus on macro trends, disruptive innovations, emerging opportunities and the evolution of the current environment.

Stakeholder Roundtable Discussions and Co-Creation

Join an ecosystem of retail technology leadership, investors, innovators and entrepreneurs. Built with ample time for meeting and connecting, Innovation Forum offers, roundtable discussions and an environment that is designed for conversation.

Cocktail Hour

Grab a drink and interview a start-up. Each brand & retail executive, VC and CVC attendee is assigned 3 start-ups to visit, interview and judge. The votes will be tallied and the winner(s) will be announced!



Innovative Tech Startups Driving 

The Future of Brand To Consumer

The Leading 100 List recognizes high-impact technology start-ups that are transforming the industry by driving business value for brands as well as retailers. These companies are solving business problems, powering growth, and helping brands deliver on customer expectations through innovative, accessible, and powerful technology solutions.


The Innovation Forum is an ecosystem built around the innovation economy. If you are engaged with the start-up, venture or corporate innovation categories, this is an ideal environment at which to join.

Engage leadership and hard-to-reach decision-makers in an intimate discussion based forum.