"Kick Start Your Startup" Workshop

SVForum’s “Kick Start Your Startup” Workshop
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Palo Alto, CA

This workshop is for new serious startup entrepreneurs or entrepreneurs who need a refresher course on the fundamentals of developing their business plan and/or wanting to grow their company, so that they can maximize their chances of attracting an outside investor for the first time.

During this workshop, you will learn how to organize your financials, craft a due-diligence legal framework, asses your market opportunity and perfect your pitch before running the funding gauntlet. A panel of successful entrepreneurs will share their experiences, challenges and insights into building and securing funding for their ventures.

Please come with your 60 second pitch and your chance to be one of three selected to pitch to the panel of VCs at the end of the day! This workshop is not for the seasoned entrepreneur.

Quotes from Past Attendees
“Attending the SVForum Startup Workshop was instrumental for us, providing several key introductions and ultimately a new addition to our advisory board.” Ryan Kennedy, Conga

Agenda:

8:15am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00am

Crafting a Fundable Financial Roadmap
As an entrepreneur, steering your startup on the financial path to success needs an effective financial roadmap and a thorough understanding of how it will unfold over the next five years. In this presentation, Anthony Nassar, Founder and Principal, Venture Momentum, will share a systematic methodology for developing a robust financial model.

10:30am

Morning Break

10:45am

Crafting a Due Diligence-Ready Legal Framework
Curtis Mo, DLA Piper will help entrepreneurs avoid common mistakes they make when managing the legal aspects of their startup. He will share best practices in building and maintaining a due diligence-ready legal framework.

11:45am

Assessing and Sizing Your Market Opportunity
One of the top reasons for a new product failure is inadequate market analysis, yet most entrepreneurs bypass this step.
Steve Tennant, Tennant Consulting.

12:45pm

Working Lunch - Pitching to the Group
15 one-minute elevator pitches presented, with the top 3 chosen to pitch to the final panel at 4:00pm.

1:45pm

Developing a Compelling Pitch: 13 Slides that will Hook Investors
Nathan Gold, Founder of The Demo Coach will lead this interactive session on the “infamous”13 slide presentation.

2:45pm

Afternoon Break

3:00pm

Entrepreneur Panel
Successful entrepreneurs will share their experiences, challenges and insights into building and securing funding for their ventures and engage in an interactive Q&A session.
Panelists include K.V. Rao, Zuora
Moderated by:
Arlene Chan, Moss Adams

4:00pm

Investors Panel : The Voice of Experience
Early stage investors will share their experiences, challenges and insights into building and securing funding. They will also listen to pitches and engage in an interactive Q&A session.
Panelists include John McIntrye, Citrix Startup Accelerator, Rick Yang, NEA.
Moderated by:
Herman A. White, Jr., Technology Credit Union


5:15pm

Wine Reception
Sponsored by Technology Credit Union

Location: DLA Piper, 2000 University Avenue, Palo Alto, CA

Online Registration: $150 SVForum Members; $200 Non-Members

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