Sara Givens Conte started SGC Ventures to help companies discover growth opportunities and solve problems. Currently SGC Ventures is focused on working with private-equity, high-growth and other companies at important cross-roads entering/exiting digital investments and niche industries. Analysis fuels investment and provides strategic direction.
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Sara's background in startups, corporate development and strategic planning give her a broad perspective and skills.
Active in the Community
Sara is active in supporting technical innovation for economic development, mentoring entrepreneurs, and giving back to the community.
Board of Directors
Technology Association of Oregon
Sara Conte is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Technology Association of Oregon (TAO).
The Technology Association of Oregon is dedicated to bringing together some of the brightest minds in the technology industry. The largest professional technology association in the Northwest, the TAO is comprised of over 350 companies in Oregon and SW Washington.
Speaker and Mentor
Lewis & Clark College, Center for Entrepreneurship
Sara Conte is a speaker and mentor for Winterim.
The Winterim program at Lewis & Clark encourages students to explore how innovators and entrepreneurs think. Each year the curriculum focuses on how to discover specific skills and tools that help transform ideas into reality. Students meet and learn from experts in the field of entrepreneurship in this weeklong workshop.
Judge and Mentor
Sara Conte is a judge and mentor for Startup Weekend.
Startup Weekend is a 54 hour event that brings together designers, developers, entrepreneurs, and experts from all domains to do amazing things. All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and embark on a three-day frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekend culminates with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.
New Venture Championship
Sara Conte is a judge for the New Venture Championship, hosted annually by University of Oregon's Lundquist College of Business.
The New Venture Championship (NVC) is the original six-round business competition for graduate students. NVC has evolved into the premiere international entrepreneurial investment competition since it was founded in 1992.
NVC’s mission is to develop skilled and knowledgeable entrepreneurial leaders who are able to present their ideas in concise and thoughtful ways, be open to construction, and adapt to the ever-changing business environment.