NCET Special Event – Introduction to Startup Financing – Mar 8

Wednesday, March 8 | 11:00 am – 1:30 pm
Atlantis Casino Resort Hotel

This special panel presentation covers the why, what, when and how of startup financing. You’ll hear from industry experts and startup investors who’ll share insights on how to build and fund a successful business.

Why You Should Attend?  You’ll learn:

* Why raise funds?
* How to determine your capital requirements
* Different modes of funding available: crowdfunding, F&F, angels, VCs, etc.
* Different types of instruments: Notes, KISS, SAFE, etc.
* When to raise funds, how much to raise, and from whom
* Learn how to structure a company for seed, angel and venture capital investment
* Understand the best practices in identifying and approaching potential investors, and what motivates them: return, involvement, etc.
* What investors are looking for:
– Valuation
– Management team
– Use of funds
– Competitive advantage
– Exit strategy
* Learn what methodologies to use in determining valuation
* Understand negotiation and documentation of Term Sheets
* Why you need – or don’t need – a Board of Directors or a Board of Advisors
* How to structure your pitch
– Determining valuation, cap tables; term sheets and negotiation.
– Timing of funds requirements

Who Should Attend?

* Entrepreneurs and Companies looking to raise funds
* C-level and Senior Management
* Individual, Private and Institutional Investors
* Professional Advisers, Law Firms and Consultants

Panelists include:

* Doug Erwin – Vice President for Entrepreneurial Development, EDAWN (Moderator)
* Kevin J. Lyons – Co-Founder and CEO, Governance Sciences Group
* Craig Macy – Of Counsel, Fennemore Craig
* Kathie Priebe – Reno Angels, Sierra Angels, Summit VMS. Golden Seeds

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NCET members may bring an unlimited number of guests at member prices. Join before you RSVP for this event and your savings will pay for some or all of your membership!  Join NCET now and save.

Wednesday, March 8 Register Now
Networking:  11:00 am – Noon
Lunch and Program:  Noon  –  1:30 pm

•  Prices:  $40 – NCET members  /  $50 – non-members

NEW! Tables for 8 – includes premium location at front of room, table signage and recognition from the podium during the luncheon.

•  $320 – NCET members  /  $400 – non-member

NCET events have been selling out! RSVP early so you don’t miss this great event.

The Fine Print:

  • Advance reservations required. RSVP by midnight on Tuesday, March 7.  (Walk-in registration is not available.)
  • You are encouraged to pay in advance – there is a $10 service charge for payment at the door.
  • No-shows will be charged the full amount of the reservation unless cancelled at least 48 hours prior to the event.

Atlantis-Logo_175x64Atlantis Casino Resort Spa
3800 S. Virginia Street
Reno NV 89502 (Map)

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Doug Erwin – Moderator

Doug ErwinDoug Erwin is Vice President for Entrepreneurial Development for EDAWN, on board since June 2012. He is responsible for coordinating the entrepreneurial ecosystem of Northern Nevada, as well as collaborating between UNR, other higher education institutions, GOED’s Technology Commercialization Manager and private industry. Doug is a Serial Entrepreneur with extensive experience creating and running business ventures. As proof, Doug founded the following companies: Computer Parts Exchange (still in high school), Brio Technology (Kleiner Perkins backed), (first venture in new Incline Village residence), the IBA Group (a software development group) and Tahoe SUP (manufacturer of premium stand-up paddle boards). In 2002 he was approached to start a medical diagnostics business. With Doug as CEO, Pria Diagnostics was launched in 2002 to commercialize a point of care diagnostic technology developed at Stanford University. As CEO of Pria, Doug raised over $8M in angel and corporate financing, established a partnership with a $2B consumer products company and set up partnerships in Japan, Singapore and Malaysia. Doug was recognized for his fundraising strategy at Pria and awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year Award by the State of Nevada in 2005.

Kevin Lyon

Kevin Lyons is a serial entrepreneur and governance nerd who has founded three startups and one hedge fund since getting his first startup experience as employee number 20 of Symyx Technologies in 1996 (IPO in 1999). He is currently Co-Founder and CEO of Governance Sciences Group which is a thought leader in good governance systems and the creator of FlashVote. He has lived in Incline Village, Nevada since 2004.

Craig Macy

Craig spent nearly two decades serving in a variety of technical, managerial, executive, advisory, and principal roles throughout the high technology sector. After receiving a Juris Doctorate degree from Harvard Law School, Mr. Macy spent over a decade at Agile Software Corporation helping to design and develop the industry’s first business-ready product lifecycle management solution, leading to Agile going public in 1999 and being sold to Oracle Corporation in 2007. After raising capital and launching a series of subsequent ventures, Craig began serving as legal counsel to companies across the country. His experience includes preparing and prosecuting patent and trademark applications, assisting and advising in litigation matters, counseling clients regarding intellectual property strategy, negotiating technology license agreements, and assisting with intellectual property matters in both domestic and international corporate transactions.

Kathie Priebe

Kathie Priebe has a lifelong commitment and contribution to advancing US innovation, computer technology, science and engineering through mentor ship and investment. Kathie is an Angel Investor, member of Sierra Angels, Reno Angels and Golden Seeds, member of the international Angel Capital Association, mentor with Summit Venture Mentoring Service.