SF: Build a Fundable Business in Today's Market



  • How do you build and sell a fundable business to investors? Learn from six entrepreneurs who have successfully raised money! Plus, meet Kathleen Borie of PricewaterhouseCoopers who will share the valuable information that she gives her clients.

    Cosponsored by Forum for Women Entrepreneurs.



    Kathleen Borie (bio), Emerging Company Services, PricewaterhouseCoopers


    (panelist bios)
    Suzy Brown, CEO, Atlantes
    Krishna Subramanian, Founder, Kovair
    Punita Pandey, CEO, netCustomer
    Claudia Winkler, CEO, Dashbox
    Seema Handu, VP R&D, Pharmquest

    There are many aspects to a fundable business - having a solid business model, understanding where you fit against your competition, and more. This seminar will touch on the key parts of a fundable business, and more importantly how you convey that through your executive summary and your business plan. Kathleen Borie of PriceWaterhouseCoopers will show you the same information that they share with their clients on what's needed and how to get to that next round of funding.

    In addition, come hear from a panel of entrepreneurs who have raised money offer their insights from the trenches. One panelist, Suzy Brown, founder and CEO of Atlantes, will share her experience of getting a series of no's which caused her and her partner to take a good hard look at their business. After having done so, they rebuilt their model and rewrote their business plan. Just recently, Atlantes landed their Series A round of funding.

    This seminar is designed for executive teams and founding members of early-stage companies who are looking to build a solid business through venture funding. In this seminar you will learn:

    • Timely information on current funding trends (data from the PWC Money Tree Report)
    • Key aspects that investors look for in executive summaries and business plans
    • How to utilize your information and skills that will lead to success in the funding process


    Speaker Bios


    Kathleen Borie, PricewaterhouseCoopers

    Kathleen Borie is a Director of Emerging Company Services (ECS) at PricewaterhouseCoopers. The ECS Group works closely with start-ups that have great potential, helping them raising money by reviewing investor presentations and making introductions to funding sources, to PwC resources and to other service providers. Prior to joining PwC, Ms. Borie was Senior Director of Business Development for eFounders, LLC - a San Francisco based start-up. Before joining eFounders, Kathleen spent 7 years with Silicon Valley Bank in a variety of business development and marketing positions focussing on technology companies.

    During her tenure at SVB, Kathleen developed the Bank's business plan for the Software Group, and was part of a team which created a web-based resource center for early stage clients. Kathleen has an M.A. in International Finance from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. She is an active member of the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs, and a variety of other organizations in the Bay Area targeting early stage companies.

    Event Logistics


    8:30-9:00am Registration/Networking/Continental breakfast

    9:00-10:30am Seminar

    10:30-11:30am Panel of Entrepreneurs

    11:30-12:00pm Q & A



    Women's Technology Cluster

    1207 Indiana, Suite 4

    San Francisco, CA


    Seminar Track

    Financing; Startup Stage Businesses


    Cost (Continental Breakfast Included)

    $49 SDForum Members

    $99 Non-Members

    Pre-registration unavailable. Please register at the door.