Overview | Calendar | Past Forums | Guidelines

H2 Forums convene leaders in the H2 community for trusted discussions around leading scaleups and company growth themes in a small group setting. Held throughout the year in every H2 Chapter, these unique sessions facilitate valuable industry connections, learning, and support opportunities across H2's global network.



Agenda & Segments

Hosted quarterly in each H2 Chapter, the default agenda and segments for Chapter Forums (approximately 2 hours in length) are as follows:

 

  • Reception - 30 min
  • Welcome - 10 min; kickoff and participant intros
  • Discussion - 30-45 min inc Q&A; fireside or panel w/ Speakers
  • Community - 30 min round robin
  • Close & Networking¬†

Speaker profiles include Founder/CEOs of leading scaleup companies affiliated with each of H2's Chapter communities. The Discussion segment covers company journey highlights and selected challenges/opportunities with participation from 1-2 Speakers (company slides recommended/optional). The Community segment includes a round robin covering updates/needs/leads across Forum participants. Chapter Forums are supported by Session Hosts (H2 members) who serve as co-Speakers and are by default held in H2 member/partner offices that offer appropriate space on a rotating basis.

 


Forum Participants

Forum participation is on an invitation only basis and designed for participants affiliated with the H2 community, targeting 15-20 (capped) participants, including the following:

 

  • H2 Members: industry leaders from local H2 Chapter
  • Speakers: invited Founder/CEOs of leading scaleup companies, Session Host (moderator)
  • Guests: nominated external industry leaders and founders
  • Partner(s): collaborating H2 partner/sponsor (e.g. VC, corporate, ecosystem)

H2 Forums follow Chatham House Rule to promote trusted exchange and open conversations and operate on either a self pay or Chapter supported basis. Forum sessions are supported by a Session Host (H2 member) on a rotating basis and may include participation from a Partner organization (see below).

 


Session Host

Chapter Forums are organized by Session Hosts (H2 members) on a rotating basis with operational support from Global and Chapter Directors. Core planning activities typically center around the following:

 

  • Speaker(s): selection of and engagement with invited Speakers
  • Venue: selection of appropriate space including H2 member/partner offices
  • Partner(s): engagement with any collaborating H2 partners/sponsors (optional)

Session Hosts serve as co-Speakers/moderator for the Discussion Segment. Invited Speaker profiles include Founder/CEOs of leading scaleup companies affiliated with each of H2's Chapter communities.

 


Forum Partners

Forums may involve collaborations with H2 partners/sponsors via an allocation of Guest seats for affiliated leaders and/or founders, providing connectivity between H2 and ecosystem communities. Partner organizations typically fall into one of the following categories:

 

  • VC: emerging or established local, regional and global funds
  • Corporate: major regional or global corporate
  • Ecosystem: other ecosystem affiliated organizations (e.g. universities)

 


Mixers & Socials

H2 Mixers are hosted as informal events at the Chapter level and structured as drop in events over drinks or lunch/dinner giving H2 members the opportunity to connect locally on an informal basis. Invited participants include H2 members and optionally may include Guest attendees who are nominated H2 prospects to aid membership growth. H2 Mixers are organized (planning timeline: 2-3 weeks min) and hosted by a designated H2 member on a self-pay basis for all participants.

 

H2 Socials are organized and hosted at a Chapter level (e.g. Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter) as casual events offering H2 members and invited Guests the opportunity to develop relationships and network with fellow participants. Invited Guests may include nominated H2 prospects to aid membership growth and/or +1 Guests of H2 members. H2 Socials are organized (planning timeline: 4-6 weeks) and hosted by a designated H2 member on a default Chapter supported basis (free for participants) utilizing partner/sponsor funds. 

 

Both Mixers and Socials are organized through collaborations between hosting H2 members, H2 Global and partner/sponsor organizations (as appropriate).