8th Annual BUILD Gala

Honoring Aaron Levie, Box, and Box.org

Saturday March 10, 2018

6:00 PM - 12:00 AM

Westin St. Francis

335 Powell St, San Francisco, CA 94102

On behalf of the entire BUILD staff, National Board of Directors, and our youth entrepreneurs, we are thrilled to announce the incredible success of the 8th Annual BUILD Gala! With generous contributions from our investors, the Gala raised $1.31 million! This level of financial support truly bolsters our ability to engage more students in entrepreneurial education and experiential learning.

Congratulations to our honorees, Aaron Levie, Box, and Box.org and thank you again for your continued support of our staff, students, and programming.

Some highlights from this inspiring evening include:

  • BUILD youth entrepreneurs showcased and sold their products at the Student Marketplace. More than half of the teams sold out!
  • BUILD Founder & CEO, Suzanne McKechnie Klahr presented Aaron Levie with The Pitch Prize for Innovation in Entrepreneurship. “BUILD is creating access to the lessons and experiences that the Box founding team took away from our early entrepreneurial endeavors. It’s incredibly exciting and inspiring to see how many lives BUILD has shaped in so many ways and the impact the organization continues to have!”
  • Emcee and BUILD Board Member Baratunde Thurston kept the energy high all night! The work we do is serious but we can have a tremendous amount of fun celebrating our students!
  • All three presenting teams stole the show and wowed our judges and guests. Each team took home a grand prize during the night’s Student Team Pitch Challenge!
  • BUILD alumni, Erick Castro, shared his story. “BUILD had better goals in mind for me than I did for myself. BUILD made me wonder not just what I could do, but who I could be.”

Photos from the event can be viewed here: https://drewaltizer.com/event/7337-8th-annual-build-gala-westin-st-francis/

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Co-Chair Committee

Kate and Ajay Agarwal
Brandee Barker
Shanti and Doug Brien
Gayle and Ron Conway
Jack Dorsey
Cathie and Pitch Johnson
Suzanne and Josh Klahr


As of 3/10/18

Presenting Sponsors
Jack Dorsey
Cathie and Pitch Johnson
Silicon Valley Bank

Dream Maker Cocktail Sponsor
Gayle and Ron Conway

Angel Investor Sponsors
Kate and Ajay Agarwal
Brandee Barker
Shanti and Doug Brien
Audrey and Louis Chang
Trish and Karl Jacob
Liz and Thomas Laffont
Oakland Athletics
Qatalyst Partners
The Scott Foundation
Seven Post Investment Office LP
Padmasree and Mohan Warrior

Entrepreneur Sponsors
Alpha Club
Criterion Capital Management, LLC
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Foundation
Nicole and Michael Farb
Alana Karen and Katie & Maz Sharafi
Meghan Murphy and Trevor Kempner
US Venture Partners
Westfield Valley Fair

Pre-Event VIP Sponsor
Olivia Hsu Decker of Golden Gate Sotehby’s International Reality

After Party Sponsor
Veritas Investments

Bag Sponsor
Seven Post Investment Office LP

Transportation Sponsor
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Presenting Finalist Team Sponsors
Emergence Capital Partners
First Republic Bank
Scale Venture Partners

Student, Staff and Volunteer Dinner Sponsor
Jenny and Josh Stein

Student Selling Team Sponsors
Calvo Fisher & Jacob LLP
Coupa Software
Meritech Capital

Photo Booth Sponsor
Gina and Daniel Alegre

Friends of BUILD
John China
Steve Denning
General Atlantic Foundation
Rivi and Brett Rochkind

In-Kind Donors
Acacia House by Chris Costentino at Las Alcobas Napa Valley
Brandee Barker
Costa Palmas Beach & Yacht Club, Four Seasons Los Cabos
Elaine Deutsch
DJ Dojah
Jenna & Jim Ellis
Glodow Nead Communications
Green Flash Brewing Co.
The Griffith Penthouse
Hint Water
Trish and Karl Jacob
Jet Edge
Kikori Whiskey
Michael Mina
Ovid Napa Valley and Jack Bittner
Sound Instrument Rental
Tito’s Handmade Vodka
Liz & Andy Torelli