Conference Cancelled

It is with deep regret that we announce the cancellation of this year’s Forum due to the impact of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This is not a decision we have taken lightly and the overriding concern that have caused us to make this decision at this time has always been the responsibility we feel towards our conference delegates, speakers, and partners.

We apologize for any inconvenience caused, but as always, the safety and health of our participants, community and staff are our priority and we feel this is the best option.

GOOD NEWS: We will be hosting Virtual ExecConnect: online 1-1 private meetings.

General Partners: Interested in our Virtual ExecConnect 1-1 private meetings program? Contact Andrew Yale at to discuss Virtual ExecConnect packages.

Limited Partners/Family Offices: Interested in our Virtual ExecConnect 1-1 private meetings program? Contact Grant Catton at  or at 646-321-4864 for complimentary meetings!

If you have any questions, please contact:

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Amid the COVID crisis, early stage and M/WBE emerging managers may have an uphill battle regarding opportunities in today’s current climate. However, the track record of select emerging manager’s innovative investment strategies and an overall ability to outperform can be a differentiator and attraction for LPs looking to garner yield in a dislocated market.

Even through this uncertainty, many institutional investors are either continuing to allocate or plan to allocate capital to this niche sector.

Join 200+ emerging managers, GPs and LPs on November 20 at Emerging Manager Connect for critical insight on strategies, techniques, opportunities, due diligence and risk management for M/WBE and early stage fund managers, as well as EM investor criteria and benchmarks demands.

Discussions will revolve around the most pressing topics and best practices affecting the EM and LP today including:

  • The LP view of the EM landscape
  • The rise of operational due diligence
  • Constructing a diversified LP portfolio
  • The vetting and selection processes
  • Establishing an EM fund: critical considerations
  • Innovative strategies for diverse investments
  • Fundraising best practices
  • The role of emerging managers in portfolio construction
  • Co-investing strategies and trends


2020 Keynote:

Melissa Conyears-Ervin
City of Chicago

Who Should Attend?

  • Emerging Managers
  • Independent Sponsors (Fundless Sponsors)
  • Placement Agents, Law Firms, Accountants, Bankers, Lenders And other Service Providers
  • Deal intermediaries who advise or manage deal flow opportunities in private capital
  • Limited Partners / Investors / Allocators who invest in private partnerships
  • CEOs of venture- or private equity-backed private companies
  • Corporate development executives who provide exit opportunities for private capital funds

Who Attends PartnerConnect Events?

Virtually every major Financial Sponsor and hundreds of LPs. Here are a sample of firms that have attended PartnerConnect events. For a sampling of some of the 4,000+ attendees in the last several years.

  • Harvard Management Company
  • College of the Holy Cross Endowment
  • QIC
  • Pennsylvania State Employees Retirement System
  • The James Irvine Foundation
  • UPS Group Trust

ExecConnect Meetings With LPs

Now celebrating our eighth year of our ExecConnect Private Meeting Program, we are proud to say we’ve arranged over 9,000 1:1 meetings between fund managers and limited partners. Based on feedback from our participants, hundreds of millions in commitments have been made by LPs to GPs they met in our program. Participants efficiently move through 20 minute private meetings. For more information, click here.

LP-Only and Dealmakers Dinner

We host dinners for LPs the night of our event. Each dinner typically has 40-50 attendees. For sponsorship opportunities please reach out to Andrew C. Yale at

GP-Only and Dealmakers Dinner

We host dinners for GP the night of our event. Each dinner typically has 40-50 attendees. For sponsorship opportunities please reach out to Tyler Mitchell at

Emerging Manger Connect conferences bring together qualified investors, fund managers, independent sponsors, family offices & service providers for unbeatable networking and award-winning panels.


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Evolution Capital Partners

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Private Advisors

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Day 1
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Day 1 - Friday 20th

Pre-Conference - Thursday, November 19, 2020
17:00 - 19:00

LP networking cocktails and dinner (Invitation only)

08:00 - 09:00

Registration and Networking Breakfast

08:00 - 09:00

Women’s Networking (Working) Breakfast

08:30 - 08:35

Welcome Remarks

08:35 - 09:00

Gen II’s Emerging Manager Report: The Essential Tool for New PE and VC Firms

Morning Sessions
09:00 - 09:35

LP insight after the crisis: The emerging manager market and investor demand

  • the current state and evolution of the EM market
  • How COVID-19 has affected emerging manager programs
  • The need for EMs to differentiate to LPs more than ever
  • Are investors still seeking first time funds? Why/why not?
  • Current opportunities amid the changing environment
  • Sourcing and choosing an emerging manager
09:35 - 10:05

Maneuvering fundraising amid a global pandemic

  • The latest strategies to help drive performance
  • The advantages and disadvantages of utilizing an anchor tenant
  • Are placement agents still affective?
  • Investor expectations: due diligence process
  • Mitigating risk now more than ever
  • Generating and maintaining deal flow
  • Sourcing and meeting approaches
10:05 - 10:25

Morning Networking Break

10:25 - 11:00

Success stories of a first-time fund manager: Strategies when the dust settles

  • Establishing a track record beyond a spin-out
  • Fee structuring
  • Sourcing opportunities
  • Fund operations/back office
  • Maintaining and reporting transparency
  • Working with a MoM
  • In-house vs. outsourcing
11:00 - 11:35

Thoughtful Co-Investing: From vision to reality

  • Incentives to attract LPs: are they still co-investing?
  • Understanding and addressing investor interest
  • Co-investing rights to LPs
  • Determining and agreeing on management fees
  • Revenue sharing
11:35 - 12:10

Keynote address

12:10 - 13:10

Networking Luncheon

Breakouts: The GP Outlook
13:10 - 14:00

Workshop A | Do ESG programs continue to take precedence?

13:10 - 14:00

Workshop B | Innovative strategies for niche sectors after coronavirus

Breakouts: The LP Insight
14:00 - 14:50

Workshop C | Private equity: What’s driving allocations after the downturn

14:00 - 14:50

Workshop D | Utilizing emerging managers for portfolio diversification: still a mandate?

14:50 - 15:20

Afternoon Networking Break

Afternoon Sessions
15:20 - 15:55

Opportunities in real estate: will it continue to make sense?

  • Insight into current market views
  • The effect of COVID on real estate investing
  • Portfolio construction
  • COVID-19 vs. the financial crisis of 2009
  • Investment preferences amid the crash
  • Sourcing and choosing an emerging manager
15:55 - 16:30

Setting up a fund structure

  • Breaking away from a large institution
  • Innovative fee structures
  • Thoughtful marketing structures
  • Finding a seed or founding investor
  • Presenting a track record
  • Determining and agreeing on management fees
  • Raising capital in an unprecedented market
16:30 - 17:00

Closing Keynote

17:00 - 18:00

Networking cocktail reception and end of conference

If you are interested in a speaking role, please contact the conference producer, Melissa Baer, at


2020 Confirmed Speakers To Date Include:

If you are interested in a speaking role, please contact the conference producer, Melissa Baer, at

Melissa Conyears Ervin

Melissa Conyears-Ervin

Treasurer, City of Chicago

Melissa Conyears-Ervin is the current City Treasurer of the City of Chicago and a former State Representative for the 10th District. She believes in the promise of opportunity and the strength of families to effectively address the needs of our commu… Read full bio

Jeff Gendel

Principal-Business Development, Gen II Fund Services, LLC

Jeff Gendel is a Managing Director of Gen II Fund Services, LLC where he is responsible for driving the firm's business development and client relations activities. Jeff has 17 years of experience in the private equity industry, including deep relati… Read full bio

Adam Handwerker

Managing Director, Hodes Weill & Associates

Adam Handwerker is a Managing Director of Hodes Weill & Associates. Mr. Handwerker is responsible for the origination, due diligence, structuring and project management of the firm’s institutional capital raising and strategic advisory mandates globa… Read full bio
Kevin Kester Siguler Guff

Kevin Kester

Managing Director, Siguler Guff

Kevin Kester is a Managing Director at Siguler Guff and a member of the Investment Committees for various funds. Mr. Kester joined Siguler Guff in 2004 to establish and build the Firm's small business investment unit including all related funds, wher… Read full bio

Ilene Levinson

Principal, Hamilton Lane

Ilene is a Principal on Hamilton Lane’s Fund Investment Team, where she is responsible for all aspects of fund due diligence in North America. Previously, Ilene was the Co-Investment Product Manager in the Product Management Group, where she served a… Read full bio

Brian Reilley

Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Will Ventures

Brian brings a diverse professional background to bear on his work, with experience spanning the sports, fitness and healthcare sectors and across technologies (wearables, disposables, artificial intelligence, machine-learning) and business environme… Read full bio
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ExecConnect is a proprietary private meeting program consisting of meticulously pre-scheduled 20-minute meetings between mutually interested GPs and LPs. Each One-to-One Meeting is carefully vetted by ExecConnect Directors to ensure that LPs looking to commit capital and GPs looking to raise capital meet in a relaxed, efficient and effective manner. View the list of attendees in advance, pre-select those you would most like to meet and let us do the rest! You’ll arrive at Emerging Manager Connect with a full schedule of meetings organized by our VIP team.

ExecConnect removes the countless hours of research and travel needed for investors and managers whose goals are in symmetry, to meet in person. The time and hassle you avoid is incalculable.

If you are a General Partner (GP), please contact Andrew Yale via email at or via telephone on +1 (646) 989-8025.

If you are a Limited Partner (LP) looking for investment opportunities or to meet and screen new GP’s in a time-efficient, personalized manner, please contact Grant Catton via email at or via telephone on +1 (646) 321-4864.  Limited Partners who accept three or more meetings will receive complimentary admission to the entire event.

Complimentary passes are only valid to qualified Institutional Investors/Limited Partners

As an accredited institutional investor you may qualify for a Complimentary Institutional Investor Pass. Recipients of this Investor Pass may attend the entire conference program and the general networking reception, if you agree to participate in our ExecConnect 1:1 meeting program for at least three 20-minute private meetings with fund managers of your choice at a time of your choice.

By applying for a complimentary pass below, you certify that your firm is a qualified institutional investor that commits capital to alternative asset managers, or that your firm advises institutional investors to make such commitments. You also certify that your firm is an accredited investor as defined by Rule 501 of Regulation D of the Securities Act of 1933. You agree to take at least 3 private meetings as part of the ExecConnect Meetings Program.

Please note: Fund of Funds who qualify for a complimentary pass are restricted to those who are responsible to approve, oversee or research primary commitments to fund managers. Professionals who work on secondaries, directs, fundraising, marketing, business development, or in an administrative capacity, would not qualify. We will be in touch once you have submitted your application. If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact


Count on PartnerConnect to Introduce You to Your Next Investor

If you’re interested in raising funds then you don’t want to miss the opportunity to meet with our LPs privately at one of our PartnerConnect events through our ExecConnect private meeting program. With ExecConnect, you can maximize your time by letting us handle the introductions.

Here’s How it Works:

  • Contact Andrew Yale at, who can get you set up with an ExecConnect profile and explain next steps on LP meetings.
  • Institutional Investors review profiles of all GPs and prioritize those whom they are interested in meeting.
  • We arrange private one-on-one meetings at our PartnerConnect events with LPs who have indicated an interest in your firm.

More than 11,000 meetings have been arranged between PE/VC Fund Managers & Institutional Investors since the start of ExecConnect 9 years ago, with $1B plus in confirmed commitments from LPs who first met GPs at our events.

Avoid the inconvenience of putting time, energy, and significant money into searching for prospective investors. Enrollment in ExecConnect guarantees to place you in front of pension plans, foundations, endowments, and fund of funds, all of whom are looking to place capital specifically into private equity funds.



There’s not a more efficient way to make in-person connections with fund managers than at PartnerConnect

What is the PartnerConnect Institutional Investor Pass?

PartnerConnect offers qualified investors the opportunity to attend our events free of charge, with a complimentary Institutional Investor Pass. To be considered, you must be a qualified investor or advisor who allocates capital to alternative asset managers or advises institutional investors to make such commitments.

Here’s What You Can Do with the Institutional Investor Pass:

  • Attend our events free of charge, taking advantage of all conference sessions
  • Sift through scores of GPs in the PE, venture, real estate, and growth equity spaces, and pick the meetings that you want, which we schedule for you.
  • Attend any post event workshops
  • Bring a colleague for free
  • Network with other institutional investors during a private dinner, usually at a 5-star restaurant or special venue

Avoid the inconvenience of putting time, energy, and significant money into searching for prospective fund managers. Enrollment in ExecConnect guarantees to place you in front of the managers you want in a quick and efficient manner. For more information, please contact our LP relationship manager, Grant Catton, at

Requirements of an Institutional Investor Pass:

In exchange for all the benefits listed above, we ask that you participate in our ExecConnect private meeting program, which enables you to meet directly with fund managers whose investment goals match yours. These meetings are pre-arranged by conference organizers, and you get to choose the firms you meet with for focused, efficient networking. We ask that you take at least 3 meetings with managers.


Shake Hands With 150+ Financial Sponsors at Each of Our PartnerConnect Events

Our events are designed with bankers, lenders and service providers squarely in the middle of all of the action at our PartnerConnect events throughout the year. Unlike most competing events, our attendee rosters are typically 90% or more comprised of limited partners and fund managers, which means a strikingly low amount of service providers. Your ticket includes first rate networking with senior decision makers at private market funds (PE, VC, Real Estate and more), as well as limited partners who back them. Group passes and discounts are available. Bankers and lenders also receive a complimentary pass to our well-known Deal Makers’ Dinner, alongside PE firms on the middle night of the conference. For service providers a select few passes are available through dinner sponsorship.


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