If you're an entrepreneur in want of start-up investors, consider attending the "Raising Angel and Early-Stage Capital" conference Nov. 15 at UNC Charlotte.
The event is hosted by UNCC’s the Belk College of Business and local nonprofit Business Innovation & Growth, known as BIG.
Panel discussion topics include: equity versus bootstrap financing, deal structures for early-stage capital, how to attract angel investors, making an investment pitch and how to run a company once you have the start-up capital.
“It’s a deep dive into this process,” says BIG President and CEO Terry Thorson Cox, who founded the organization in 2006.
BIG offers a peer network, leadership and mentoring support, and access to resources, capital and expertise to members, who Cox refers to as “high-potential entrepreneurs.”
“They’re a bunch of one- to five-employee companies...that will be eventually provide a lot of jobs,” Cox says.
Entrepreneurs who spoke at the 2011 annual event will offer updates on their successes and failures raising capital over the past year.
Before the discussion on making the investor pitch, a handful of up-and-coming entrepreneurs in the greater
Charlotte area will give three- to five-
minute pitches. One speaker is Phong
Luong, co-founder of NexTable, an iPad app designed to help restaurants better
manage their reservations and front-of-house operations.
Luong helped develop the app out of a need he saw in his own restaurant, Zen Fusion in Dilworth.
Learn more about Luong’s story in this week’s ShopTalk, the Observer’s small business section, out Wednesday.
Thursday’s event is free for UNCC students and BIG members, $25 for non-UNCC students and pre-revenue start-ups, and $65 for other guests who purchase tickets in advance. Cost is $80 at the door.
Details: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.bigcouncil.com.