Funding Sources, New and Traditional: Which is Right for Your Venture?
with Gus Alberelli ’00, managing director at Palo Alto-based Trident Capital and Feng He ’03, co-founder of China’s first crowdfunding site, DemoHour
Whether your startup is still an idea or a fully-fledged endeavor, you’ll need funding to spur its development. Between friends and family, angel investors, venture capital, crowdfunding, and other sources, entrepreneurs have a variety of options to consider when seeking financial support. How to know which is right for you? Gus Alberelli ’00 and Feng He ’03 will lead this discussion about funding sources and how to successfully secure investments to help your venture grow.
with Ali Usman ’91, founder of Credit Market Intelligence and Sunergix and Omar Mencin ’97, director, investment group, Ben Franklin Technology Partners
In recent years, the number of incubators in the United States has grown dramatically, and with good reason. With a majority of Americans wanting to own their own business, and innovative small companies cited as primary drivers of job creation, the entrepreneurial spirit remains as strong as ever. Incubators seek to nurture this spirit into successful ventures by providing mentoring, facilities and administrative services, as well as informal peer support from other entrepreneurs. Led by two founders of successful incubators, Ali Usman ’91 and Omar Mencin ’97, this discussion group will cover the many resources available for the early-stage venture.
The Many Faces of Entrepreneurship
with Michael Bertuch P’14, president and CEO, ViaTech and Way-Ting Chen ’94, partner and co-founder of consulting firm Blue Garnet
The word “entrepreneur” often conjures up images of the independent visionary building a new venture from the ground up, but the startup route is far from universal. Those who simply aren’t interested in building a new company from scratch might start out as consultants, gaining skills and a building a network that can turn up job opportunities within existing early stage companies. Then there are intrapreneurs, who use their entrepreneurial ideas to innovate and push for thoughtful change as part of an established, large organization. Join Michael Bertuch P’14 and Way-Ting Chen ’94 in this conversation about the many different paths to entrepreneurship.
How to Tap into Your Entrepreneurial Spirit
with Grace Bulger ’88, vice president of marketing for Forsythe Technology
You have a great idea and the passion to make it a success. But how do you harness that energy to bring your idea to fruition? Soliciting feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, knowing when changes to your idea are needed for its continued development, assessing when it’s time to just go back to the drawing board: every step of the process will require you to understand your own entrepreneurial aptitude. Grace Bulger ’88 will kick off this discussion about how to make your idea a reality.
The Latest Entrepreneurial Trends in Technology
with Michael Silton ’86, executive chair, UCLA Capital Venture Fund and Nick Martin ’04, founder and president of TechChange
The rapidly evolving field of technology has been a major site of innovation over the last decade, and it seems as though every month brings with it a new cohort of tech-based startups. Where is the industry headed, and how are entrepreneurs responding to this ever-changing environment? Led by Michael Silton ’87 and Nick Martin ’04, this group will discuss some of the most recent developments in the tech world.
The Latest Entrepreneurial Trends in Sustainability
with Robert Cleaves P’14, co-founder and managing director, Stratex Energy LLC and Claire Hartten ’91, co-founder of Dirt Café and Hungry New York
With the “green” market now totaling in the trillions, perhaps it’s unsurprising that sustainability is a hot topic these days. More than just a buzzword, sustainability has become a central focus for many new ventures, both for- and not-for-profit, with “green” products and ideas emerging in a variety of areas, from energy to business operations to food production. Join Robert Cleaves P’14 and Claire Hartten ’91 for a conversation about sustainability-based ventures and the latest in green entrepreneurship.