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Funding 101: Pathways for Funding Your Startup

September 19 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

at Draper

Free - $35

While bootstrapping may be preferred, some businesses are almost impossible to launch and grow without capital. From angel & VC investments to crowdfunding, SBIR grants and debt financing, opportunities for funding seem endless… and confusing.

Join The Capital Network for an evening with a veteran panel of experts from the Angel, Venture Capital, SBIR, Crowdfunding and Banking worlds who will compare and contrast the many ways you can fund your startup. The discussion will address common questions including:

  •         What are the best funding options for growing my business?
  •         At what stage should I go after external funding?
  •         How much money should I ask for?
  •         What metrics do I need to show to ask for funding?
  •         Does ‘NO’ mean ‘maybe later?’

If you are an entrepreneur or investor looking for early stage companies, then you do NOT want to miss this event!
Food & Networking post-discussion.

The VC: Kent Bennett

The VC: Kent Bennett

Partner at Bessemer Venture Partners

Kent Bennett, a Partner in Bessemer Venture Partner’s Cambridge, Mass. office, joined the company in 2008. Kent focuses on investments in the “big data”, data-infrastructure sectors as well as tech-enabled consumer service models.
At Bessemer, Kent has been involved in investments including data-management companies Endeca (acq. by Oracle), Streambase (acq. by TIBX), Vertica (acq. by HP), Hadapt, Infinio Systems, Netuitive and Portrait Software; mobile-communications companies BroadSoft (IPO),Millennial Media (IPO) and Enforta; as well as in Blue Apron, a subscription food business and Goal.com (acq. by Perform Group) the world’s largest soccer portal. Prior to joining Bessemer, Kent was a creative executive for an entertainment-production company, where he developed and sold original material including a network television pilot and a feature film.  He began his career with Bain & Co., where he worked on projects in industries spanning IT, retail, consumer products, healthcare and biotech.

The Angel: Jessica McLear

The Angel: Jessica McLear

Entrepreneur & Angel Investor Launchpad Venture Group Industry Champion, MassChallenge

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.

The Bank: Jeffrey Griffor

The Bank: Jeffrey Griffor

SVP - Managing Director at Square1 Bank

Jeff is the Senior Vice President - Managing Director within Square One’s NE Life Sciences Group which focuses on exciting Healthcare opportunities throughout the NE. Jeff has been professionally involved in the financial industry on the investment and banking decision side, for over 20 years. Jeff’s focus is on structuring deals and providing lending services within the life sciences and tech areas, working with the highest caliber privately-held companies within the US.

The SBIR expert: Laura Hales

The SBIR expert: Laura Hales

Founder of The Isis Editing Group

The Isis Group is a scientific consulting and communications company. We assist entrepreneurs in the scientific and business aspects of starting biotech companies, and also provide assistance to scientists in the technical writing and editing of scientific and medical communications, including SBIR/STTR and other NIH grants. We have helped biotech startups developing therapeutics, diagnostics, medical devices or healthcare IT solutions obtain millions of dollars in non-dilutive funding through the SBIR/STTR program and other granting mechanisms from the NIH, NSF, USDA and DoD as well as private foundations.

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September 19
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free - $35
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