Auto tech investments take center stage at AIS

CARY, N.C.  – 

Part II of the all-digital Auto Intel Summit’s live sessions begins with a look at the role of venture capital in the world of automotive technology.

The “Auto Industry Venture Capital Fireside Chat — Exploring the 2020 Environment” session will be moderated by Spiffy co-founder and CEO Scot Wingo and include the following panelists from the investment community:

—Jason Caplain, Co-Founder and General Partner, Bull City Venture Partners
—Lister Delgado, Managing Partner, Idea Fund Partners
—Steve Greenfield, Co-Founder and CEO, Automotive Venture

The session is set for 11 am (ET) on Aug. 24, following opening words from Cherokee Media Group president Bill Zadeits.

Idea Fund Partners and Bull City Ventures Partners are both based in North Carolina, where CMG and Spiffy are both headquartered.

Bull City Venture Partners is located in Durham, which is a growing area of tech startups and part of North Carolina’s Research Triangle region, while Idea Fund Partners has a presence in both Durham and a few hours west in Charlotte, a major banking and financial hub.

Spiffy, also headquartered in North Carolina’s Research Triangle region, started as a mobile car-care company, but has since expanded rapidly into Fleet Management as a Service and other aspects of automotive tech and vehicle disinfectant services.

In the automotive space, many may recognize Greenfield from his executive posts at Autotrader and TrueCar.

He is currently chief executive officer and founder of Automotive Ventures LLC, an automotive technology advisory company that advises entrepreneurs looking to raise money and boost the value of their companies.

Greenfield also helps PE firms conduct due diligence on automotive technology acquisitions. He provides strategic advice to technology chief executive officers, and he helps represent sellers at the time of sale.

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