2000 University Avenue
East Palo Alto, California 94303

SVASE First Impressions: Funding Pitch Preparation Workshop

Start: 05/10/2011 - 5:30 pm
End: 05/10/2011- 8:30 pm


You might have killer technology, a can’t miss value proposition for customers plus a team with demonstrable experience and execution skills, but if you can’t get your business fundamentals across to potential investors clearly and concisely you’ll fall at the first hurdle of the funding race.

Please note that this event is intended for startup executives and entrepreneurs seeking funding. Please do NOT register if you do not fit this profile.

"The Funding Pitch Workshop was peppered with practical advice that I've been putting into practice since attending. In particular, walking through the 10 slide deck and understanding all of the opportunities to provide evidence to back up the business assumptions has changed my approach to writing a compelling presentation" Mike McGrath, CEO, Yosho

"I wanted to let you know how incredible the Funding Pitch Workshop was. By far the best event I've attended in the last year. I wasn't actually going to attend because of the title (I've done lots of pitches). I changed my mind when I realized Jim (Jim Connor of Sand Hill Angels) was going to be there, as I had talked with him the week before.

I was very pleased to find that the content in the first two hours was about funding rather then presenting, and the content in the last hour focused more on the content details of a presentation. There wasn't a minute of content I would have changed.
A major thanks for an outstanding event!" Jim Pravetz, Cayo Systems

The vast majority of startups never get the opportunity to pitch their idea to potential investors, so when you do get the chance you shouldn’t throw it away by talking about the wrong things. So if you’ve not successfully raised venture capital before, attending this workshop is a must, to give you critical insights into what information VCs and Angels are looking for, and how they want it presented.

Topics covered in this interactive workshop include:
- Is my idea/business fundable?
- What VCs and Angels look for from a Funding Pitch & why
- Valuations & who get what percent?
- The successful funding flow from idea to A round
- Creating the Killer Funding Pitch for YOUR startup
Guest VC: Sumeet Jain, Principal, CMEA Ventures (see below for bio)

Location: DLA Piper, 2000 University Avenue, East Palo Alto, 94303

Pre-Registered Rates (All Rates Include Hors D’oeuvres):
SVASE Members - $25; Non-SVASE members - $49

Walk In Rate: add $10 to the above rates

This event is co-sponsored by DLA Piper, www.dlapiper.com.

Please note that this event is intended for startup executives and entrepreneurs seeking funding.

Bio: Sumeet Jain
Joined CMEA: 2008
Years Experience Building Companies: 11
Education: BS, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science from Cornell University. MBA, Entrepreneurial Management and Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
Board seats: Applied Wave Research, Apriso Corporation, Multigig, Inc., WorkingPoint, Pixazza (Observer), Blekko (Observer)
Deal Starters: Turning an existing market on its head
Non-starters: Evolutionary rather than revolutionary
Outside Activities: Backpacking, wine and being a dad
Sumeet has spent much of his free time traveling across six continents, including visiting over 30 countries in the last six years. He finds new perspectives through his travels and sees new ways of doing things, often inspired by different infrastructure or business paradigms. For example: embracing wireless devices as the primary method for commerce, establishing the right incentives for alternative energy growth, or new methods for delivering quality education remotely.

It is this type of revolutionary thinking Sumeet looks for in companies - those that create new business models that challenge the status quo and are "game-changers". Great entrepreneurs start out with questions like "If we had to solve the problem with a clean sheet of paper, what would it look like?”
Sumeet brings a perspective to investing that comes from having been intimately involved with entrepreneurship and technology from multiple angles - as a startup executive and operator, an engineer, a strategy consultant, and an investment banker.

Sumeet most recently was with Goldman, Sachs & Co. in its technology investment banking group. At Goldman Sachs, he focused on mergers and acquisitions as well as equity and debt financing transactions for many venture and private equity backed companies in the software, internet and semiconductor sectors. Prior to Goldman Sachs, Sumeet held positions in sales and business development at iManage, a content management software company until its acquisition by Interwoven in 2003.

Previously, Sumeet was with Personify, an early web analytics software company (acquired by Accrue Software), where he helped grow the company with roles in product management, business development, sales and professional services. Sumeet began his career with Andersen Consulting (Accenture) where he worked on strategy for companies in Andersen Technology Ventures portfolio.

Official Website: http://www.svase.org/events/first-impressions-funding-pitch-preparation-workshop-1

Added by svaseinfo on April 20, 2011

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