How to Pitch to Investors
Preparing your business for investment and learning how to pitch to investors is a critical skill that every entrepreneur must master. Whether your company is conceptual or growing, learning how to convey your business to potential investors is critically important for its growth and long-term success
IP is often something that many entrepreneurs either put too much value in or not enough. This workshop will provide both investors and entrepreneurs with an explanation of the current best practices and thinking about IP and the patent process.
Perfecting the Nonprofit
Changing approaches to funding and philanthropy, and a more crowded than ever nonprofit sector is creating a need for strategic thinking and bigger and bolder visions. This conference will teach nonprofit executives and development directors to think less like a charity and more like a business.
Building a startup ecosystem is all the rage within economic development circles. This has created a strong desire for educational resources for professionals interested in building a community to retain or attract startups and investors. This workshop will provide economic developers with the knowledge needed to understand why a successful ecosystem starts with educating its investor base BEFORE you incubate and accelerate startups.
While discussing taxes is never exciting, this workshop takes an important deep dive into the tax implications for entrepreneurs, investors, and the early stage company.
Executing the Exit
This comprehensive workshop provides the knowledge and resources to maximize the probability of a successful exit, ensuring the price is fair, the terms are reasonable and the outcome is optimum for the team and the investors. This is always a topic investors inquire about, so it's crucial to have a plan in place.
The Startup Boardroom
Having a strong board of directors for a startup can often make or break an early stage company. This workshop will teach entrepreneurs and investors the important issues around structuring a board, governance, financials, communication, leadership, and strategy.
Entrepreneurs need to understand how funding will impact the ultimate outcome for all shareholders. Likewise, early stage investors need to be fluent in the structures of cap tables to understand the impact on their potential returns from current and future rounds of funding.
Term Sheets and Valuations
It is important for the goals of angel investors and entrepreneurs to be aligned. This starts with an understanding of the methodologies used in valuing early stage companies. Additionally, entrepreneurs and investors need to understand the various terms and conditions used in these types of investments, which are outlined in the Term Sheet. And believe it or not, you don't need an advanced legal degree to navigate these waters.