Our next Launch Talk is just a week away. The focus is on fundraising for your business but what exactly can you expect and who should attend?
Is this for you?
First of all, raising money is one of the biggest challenges that businesses of every size face, so knowing where to access capital is critical whether you are a local coffee shop or a large multi-national business. Understanding the advantages and disadvantages of the various forms of debt and equity finance, together with how/where to get them is important for any business or entrepreneur.
What You Can Expect?
We’ve put together a panel of experts to cover all aspects of the fundraising equation, including a successful local entrepreneur who has raised over $2M in VC funding. Melissa Brandao from HerdDogg will be sharing her fundraising story and giving some insight into what it takes to successfully raise venture capital funding for a tech enabled start-up.
On the other side of the equation we have a local investor, Jeff Roberts from Rifton Capital (an Ashland based Private Equity firm) to share his insight into how he makes investments, what it takes to successfully pitch a VC and how investors then work with start-ups long term to help them achieve success.
To finish out the panel we have 2 experts in debt financing. One of the most common forms of borrowing available to any business is the SBA loan. These federally backed loans are offered by many banks and have helped many businesses expand. William McCurry from First Interstate Bank will be on hand to share in detail exactly what banks seek in loan applications and what it takes to successfully secure SBA financing.
Rounding out the debt finance experts, Stephanie Hirche from Craft 3 will be able to answer any questions on how Craft 3’s unique community-based lending supports businesses and non-profits across the North West.
How Can You Participate/Get Involved?
If you’re actively looking to raise money and have questions on how to do this then come along armed with your questions for our panel. Even if you’re not actively raising money right now and just want to learn more about the process come along and get involved… you never know when this knowledge might come in handy.
We’ll also have time at the end for our regular “Stand Up & Shout Out ” segment where anyone can grab the mic for a few minutes to tell the audience what their latest project is, ask for help, share a success story or inspire their fellow entrepreneurs.
Tickets are $10. Register now on the SOREDI website. If you’re an entrepreneur and you’d like a scholarship for the price of your ticket, e-mail our Venture Catalyst, Alex Palmer for a special discount code.