• Kick Start Your Start-up Workshop Thursday, March 22, 2012 - 08:15AM to 05:00PM
    Nixon Peabody
    3000 El Camino Real, Suite. 500,2 Palo Alto Square
    Palo Alto, CA
    Kickstart your Startup Workshop

Kick Start Your Start-up Workshop



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    No walk-ins allowed.

    This workshop is for new serious start-up 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 ready legal framework, assess 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

    "I would highly recommend Kick Start Your Startup Workshop for any entrepreneur that is in start-up and early growth modes.  I have attended workshops that promised similar results, but in my opinion, this SVForum workshop was top of the line. The presenters were extremely knowledgeable and each of them were able to provide several unique solutions that I had not heard before." Karen Duggan, Playful Planet

    "Attending the SVForum Start-up Workshop was instrumental for us, providing several key introductions and ultimately a new addition to our advisory board." Ryan Kennedy, Conga



    Registration and Continental Breakfast


    Crafting a Fundable Financial Roadmap
    As an entrepreneur, steering your start-up 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, including validation and scenario analysis.


    Morning Break


    Crafting a Due Diligence Ready Legal Framework
    Mavis Yee, Nixon Peabody will help entrepreneurs avoid common mistakes they make when managing the legal aspects of their start-up. She will share best practices in building and maintaining a due diligence-ready legal framework.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    Afternoon Break


    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.
    Marleen McDaniel, Onsophic, Inc.
    Jonathan Morgan, Applied Science
    George Northup, Memeo Inc.
    Sridhar Vembu, Zoho Corporation 
    Moderated by: Steve Schechter, Moss Adams




    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.
    Noah Doyle, Javelin Venture Partners
    Dr. Michael, Harries, Citrix Startup Accelerator
    Bill Reichert, Garage Technology Ventures
    Moderated by: Mark Coopersmith, The Argonauts Group


    Event Concludes

    Please check back for speaker additions.