Based in Austin, Texas, Adeo InterActive is a full-service Event Management Company that specializes in innovation, startup, technology, and economic development-related programming events.
Adeo [uh-DEE-oh] is Latin for “to approach, visit, come to, undertake.”
Our mission is to approach every event with a dedication to understanding our clients’ needs and goals, to visit every challenge with an open mind and creative spirit, and to undertake every task with a commitment to excellence and innovation.
Adeo InterActive Events Management facilitates and manages all the necessary arrangements associated with the event — from engaging key stakeholders, developing conference vision, building content programming (ie. keynotes, panels, startup pitch event, partnering groups, etc.), featuring local experiential groups and organizations, managing logistics and vendor negotiations, and much more.
We can devise an event that meets your specific needs and assist you with as much of the planning process as you require.
Chris Valentine is the founder and CEO of Adeo InterActive, a full-service event production firm based in Austin, Texas. In his 30 plus years of experience in event production, Chris has created a variety of products designed to help companies achieve their unique, tech-related strategic goals while managing high-profile global innovation events for prominent clients, including AARP, Kauffman Foundation, NASA, Turner Entertainment, Inventures Canada and many more.
In addition to Adeo InterActive, Chris is also the founder of the Internet of Senses Institute, a collective of thought leaders, inventors, and early adopters dedicated to building a vibrant community of entrepreneurs, executives, policymakers, and researchers ready to propel the innovation promised by the digitization of the five senses — hearing, sight, smell, taste, and touch. Launched in 2021, the Institute embodies Chris’ passion for bringing communities together to enhance and move forward the development of technology innovation.
Chris also serves as the Event Producer for SXSW Pitch, a cutting-edge startup competition where companies from around the world compete and showcase leading technology innovations.
Since 2009, SXSW Pitch has showcased more than 613 startups, with 82% of them receiving combined funding of almost $21.5 billion and 16% being acquired by Google, British Telecom, Huffington Post, Apple, Twitter, Live Nation, OpenTable, Facebook, and Harmon. Some of the prestigious alumni include Siri, Klout, ICON, Hipmunk, Wildfire, Tubemogul, Foodspotting, and Tango.
Chris developed and publishes a quarterly Global Startup Network newsletter, that provides information and data on startups and technology ecosystems from around the world, sourced from 200+ international news sources.
An Austin resident since 1988, Chris volunteers at several non-profit organizations. Since 2006, Chris has served as the Executive Director for the Busby Foundation, a non-profit that provides support and resources for Central Texas families who are facing ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease). In this role, Chris leads the organization’s efforts to increase awareness about the disease and raise funds primarily through the charity’s two annual events – the Lone Star Crawfish Festival and the Rock & Roll Golf Classic. Today the organization has over $1.2 million in its gifting fund and has gifted over $1 million to ALS families in the Central Texas area.
Chris is a graduate of Concordia University Texas, where he earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Communication and Behavioral Science. In his free time, Chris enjoys spending time with his wife and son, watching English Premier League soccer and classic movies, and traveling the world.