Posted August 9, 2023

NAW announces Innovators Summit keynote

The National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors (NAW), and Applico, an advisor to billion-dollar distributors and manager of the wholesale distribution industry’s first dedicated venture capital fund, announced Drew Oetting, founding partner at 8VC will be the investor keynote for the 2023 NAW Innovators Summit, powered by Applico. The event is November 14 to 16.

Daniel Jaffe, partner at 9Yards, will be the spotlight investor speaker at #IS2023.

Located at the Omni Austin Hotel Downtown, Austin, Texas, the NAW Innovators Summit powered by Applico, has been hailed as the industry’s top matchmaking event between distributors, leading B2B tech companies, and investors.

“We are thrilled to welcome Drew and Daniel to the Innovators Summit stage,” said NAW CEO Eric Hoplin. “In 2023, the Innovators Summit seeks to showcase everything unique about the inaugural technology conference from 2022 while also expanding the types of technology companies present and inviting the investor community to further participate and share their unique perspective and insights. We look forward to hearing from these two highly respected leaders from the investor community and curating an incredible program for attendees.” 

Applico Founder and CEO Alex Moazed said, “This event is truly a one-of-a-kind experience to hear the real story behind innovation in B2B. “Having two investor leaders like Drew and Daniel will provide Innovators Summit attendees inside knowledge on what VCs look for in technology companies, how they underwrite the risk and where they see valuations and the market headed.” Moazed concluded.

The NAW Innovators Summit powered by Applico welcomes leading industry executives across North America to meet the founders of the most exciting B2B distribution-focused technology startups in closed-door presentations. Attendees get the ‘inside scoop’ – and if distributors like what they hear, they can book private, one-on-one time with founders to discuss opportunities in more detail.

The technology tracks will include marketplace technology, sales and operations technology, supply chain technology and “AI in action” – pragmatic examples of AI for wholesale distributors.

Drew Oetting is the founding partner at 8VC, a leading supply chain and B2B technology venture capital investor with over $8 billion in assets under management. With investments into logistics tech like Project 44, Deliverr, Four Kites, and Flexport, B2B SaaS in the hands of construction contractors like Kojo, AI companies like Palantir and B2B marketplaces like Knowde, Oetting and the 8VC team have a unique vantage point to see what’s on the horizon for innovation in the supply chain and wholesale distribution.

Daniel Jaffe is partner at 9Yards Capital, a growth stage technology investment firm focused on foundational industries, starting with fintech and logistics tech. He covers all things supply chain, logistics, and the real economy. Some noteworthy investments include logistics-tech companies such as Emerge, Deliverr, and Mudflap; B2B fintech firms such as Built and Remote; and distributor tech companies such as Kojo and Pepper.