Angel Funding Part 2 – Due Diligence: People, Processes and PromisesThursday November 17th, 11:45 – 2:00pm - Pulse @ MassChallenge 401 Park Drive, Boston, MA 02215, 8th Floor, East Wing.
You did it: you’ve got some customers, you’ve pitched, you’ve networked, you’ve grown… but now what?
There’s a whole lot to understand between pitching to an Angel Group and the final handshake. We’ll walk you through the post pitching inquiry process, due diligence rounds and how they differ from group to group: from high level overviews, to in-depth analyses of every number, customer and flaw, our Angel experts will let you in on what they expect, hope for and get turned off by so you can be prepared. We recommend for you to have attended our ‘Apply for Angel Funding with an Investor’s Perspective’ workshop.
To prepare for this workshop, you can read Christopher Mirabile’s Inc article: ‘Rites of Passage: What Investors Mean By Due Diligence’
Ben Littauer is an angel investor with expertise in Internet and communications technologies, as well as healthcare IT, as well as the Boston funding ecosystem. Currently an active member of Walnut Venture Associates and Boston Harbor Angels with over 40 investments in a wide variety of startups, he sits on the boards of several portfolio companies. He is a mentor for MassChallenge and The Capital Network, and is on the advisory board at TCN. Ben is also a judge for MassChallenge, CRDF Global, and various academic competitions. Ben was Technology Strategist for Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, where he defined the architecture for PatientSite, allowing patients to communicate securely with their healthcare team and view their own medical records. He was a consultant to the Massachusetts Health Data Consortium on healthcare data security projects. He was co-founder, President, and CTO of Baranof Software, the leading vendor of service-level management software for messaging and Internet applications which was sold to Tally Systems in 1997. He has worked for Cisco Systems, Sun Microsystems, Symantec, Lotus, and BBN. Mr. Littauer was also an analyst with Ferris Research and Baroudi Bloor International.
Jessica McLear is an Angel Investor with Launchpad Ventures, Boston’s largest Angel Group and an Industry Champion and mentor at MassChallenge. Jessica is also a mentor for LearnLaunch, an Ed Tech Accelerator in Boston and a COO for KnipBio, a clean bio-tech aquaculture startup. On the board of a few companies she’s both an experienced entrepreneur and investor.
Eric Evans is part of the executive committee at Mass Medical Angels (MA2), a seed stage investor group exclusively focused on life science and healthcare investments. Their mission is to bring more clinical tools to the marketplace, while attaining superior returns for their investors through financing and mentoring early-stage life-science companies so that they can obtain further funding, reach positive cash-flows or get acquired. MA2 invests in medical devices, therapeutics, diagnostics, health services, health information technologies, and relevant research-related tools including laboratory equipment. Eric is also CEO of Growth Analytics, which provides advice to Fortune 500 companies on issues of business growth - specializing in commercial opportunity assessments; finding and negotiating in-licensing and alliance agreements.
Lynne Riquelme has spent her career working both in a client service role in an emerging technology company and as a corporate attorney and marketing / business development leader in law firms. Because Lynne understands the business and legal challenges startups face in a way most lawyers can’t she deploys that knowledge to help startups avoid the hassle and expense of forming, maintaining and growing their companies by using the Shoobx platform. Shoobx is working hard to make this possible for startups everywhere, and it’s my job to help our customers get started and make sure they have an excellent experience using Shoobx. Lynne is a strong believer in the importance of maintaining good relationships and supporting entrepreneurs on their journey. In particular, Lynne is proud to support the women entrepreneurs in Boston through She Starts, a group supporting women founders through networking, coaching & events. Lynne’s mission is to help them achieve greater access to resources and funding.
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