Entrepreneurship is alive and well in Montgomery County and nowhere is that more evident than in the early morning hours each Wednesday at Launch Workplaces. The Venture Intelligence Series training kicked off Wednesday, April 12 and continues through Wednesday, May 24 from 7:30 AM to 10 AM. Angel investor Valerie Gaydos of the Angel Venture Forum and Capital Growth, Inc. will be educating business owners on how to prepare their companies for a pitch and how to close the deal.
“Over the past few years, angel investors have been placing more capital into fewer companies. Only the top 5-7 percent of owners that pitch investors receive the funding they want. Entrepreneurs educated in the capital formation process have greater chances of success,” explains Ms. Gaydos. The Angel Venture Forum’s Venture Intelligence training series is one of the top educational series on the topic.
Attendees are learning:
- Exactly what documents to assemble before pitching investors
- How to develop and present financials
- Potential exit strategies
- How to raise the right kind, size, and type of capital
- The best investors to approach
At the first week’s session, Ms. Gaydos presented the entrepreneurs with an overview of factors investors will be considering when valuing their companies. In the second week, entrepreneurs learned how to excite investors with a presentation that brings out the information that the investor wants to know in order to invest. At the most recent event, attorney Jay Reilly from Saul Ewing, one of the session sponsors, presented an overview of key provisions in term sheets — which determines how much money will be left for the entrepreneurs on an exit. Future sessions include leadership, governance and intellectual property protection.
“The topics and discussions at the Angel Venture Forum Series have given an amazing insight into the nuances of startup structure and capital investment,” says participant Ajit Thyagarajan, Chief Technical Officer of Atomic Mole.
Business people who qualify and attend the Venture Intelligence training sessions may have an opportunity to present their company to a panel of angel investors at the end of the series. Other benefits include the networking that occurs at the start and end of each session with like-minded entrepreneurs and the engaging atmosphere with experts during the training. After each session, another sponsor, Cogent Law, is offering free office hours with attorney Geoffrey Mason at Launch Workplaces to assist business owners with company formation and investment, key business contracts and intellectual property.
It’s not too late to sign up for the remaining sessions! Visit www.angelventureforum.com for details and to register.