Access to Capital Fall Forum

Small Bucks, Big Bang!


September 21, 2012
8:30am - 12:00pm
The Lyric Theatre

Join the RBTC Access to Capital Committee for our next Access to the Capital Forum: “Small Bucks, Big Bang!” The agenda is focused on our region's core competency: bootstrapping.  Gain practical bootstrapping knowledge from local entrepreneurs and learn about funding sources available for early and growth stage companies.   This year the event will conclude with Pitch Clinic Cannon where 8-10 companies will compete for a monetary prize by sharing their 2 minute business pitch.

$35 for RBTC Members/$75 for Non-Members**

Who Should Attend

Entrepreneurs; angel investors; university faculty & students; incubator leaders; economic development professionals; and service providers.

Workshop Agenda

8:30-9:00am – Registration/Networking

9:00-9:35am – Big Bang: The Keynote – Ed Barrientos

  • Ed is CEO and Chairman of the Board of Brazen Careerist, a career focused social networking site targeting Gen Y. He is also Managing Partner of Zeitgeist Holdings, L.L.C., an angel investment firm focused on investing in early stage technology companies. From 1996 to 2005, he was President and CEO of Arc Second Inc., a high growth market leader in the field of laser based, high-precision GPS.

9:40-10:20am – Small Bucks: Entrepreneurs share their funding strategies

  • Moderator: Eddie Amos
    • Pat Bixler, Recognition Research
    • Michael Fleming, TORC Robotics
    • Kevin Pfab, EmergentOne
    • Jonathan Hagmaier, Interactive Achievement

10:25-11:05am – Seeking Bang Investors: Local investors discuss portfolio companies with bootstrapping strategies and their investment strategies

  • Moderator: Edmond Pendleton, Mtech Venture Accellerator
    • Jen O’Daniel, CIT
    • Scott Horner, Third Security
    • Andy Dreyfus, PAN
    • Ken Ferris, 460 Angels

11:10am-noon – Pitch Clinic Cannon - prize awarded to best business pitch

  • 8-10 companies give 2 minute pitch
  • 3 mins feedback: 1 min from each of 3 judges
  • Judges:
    • Rob Patzig, Third Security
    • Jonathon Perrelli,
    • Phillip Merrick, webMethods, Inc.

Noon – Closing remarks by Ken Maready

$35 for RBTC Members/$75 for Non-Members**

About the RBTC Access to Capital Committee:

Access to capital is a critical component to a technology ecosystem. The RBTC Access to Capital Committee seeks to improve the ability of technology companies in the RBTC region to find capital to fund the growth of new ideas. Further, we aim to lower barriers and increase the efficiency of fund raising through educational and networking activities. The committee is comprised of business professionals with practical experience in SBIR, bank financing, bootstrapping, angel, and venture funding. There are two primary activities of the committee: monthly Pitch & Polish Clinics and bi-annually Capital Access Seminars. Learn more about the RBTC Access to Capital Committee’s efforts.

 Students who are members of the VT E-Club may attend for free and will be asked to show their Student ID at the registration desk.
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