SDForum's "Kick Start Your Startup" Workshop



  • **Online Registration is Now Closed - Please register at the door**

    This is an all day workshop on organizing your financials and perfecting your pitch before running the funding gauntlet. This workshop is for serious startup entrepreneurs in the process 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. 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. The event will conclude with a wine reception.

    Location: DLA Piper, 555 Mission Street, Suite 2400, San Francisco, CA

    Price:  $150 SDForum Members; $200 (Non-Members) Workshop is limited to 30 participants.

    8:15am - 9:00am

    Registration and Continental Breakfast

    9:00am - 10:00am

    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 from Tennant Consulting will provide key steps you can take to analyze and size a new market opportunity.

    10:00am - 11:00am

    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.

    11:00am - 11:15am

    Morning Break

    11:15am -11:45am

    Pitching to the Group
    15 one-minute elevator pitches presented, with the top 3 chosen to pitch to the final panel at 3:45pm.

    11:45am -12:15pm

    Lunch Break

    12:15pm - 1:45pm

    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.

    1:45pm -2:45pm

    Crafting a Due Diligence-Ready Legal Framework
    Eric A. Deeds of DLA Piper will help entrepreneurs avoid common mistakes they make when managing the legal aspects of their startup. In this workshop you will learn techniques and best practices in building and maintaining a due diligence-ready legal framework.

    2:45pm - 3:00pm

    Afternoon Break

    3:00pm - 4:00pm

    Building a VC Ready Financial Organization
    Tim Perotti from Frank, Rimerman + Co. will help entrepreneurs understand how they need to prepare if they're looking for VC money and how to build a financial organization so it meets the VC's expectations after they receive VC money.

    4:00pm - 5:15pm

    Investors Panel : The Voice of Experience
    A panel of 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:
    Neal Hansch, Rustic Canyon Partners
    Lars Leckie, Hummer Winblad
    Anurag (Anu) Nigam, Sand Hill Angels
    Moderated by: Susan Lucas-Conwell, SDForum

    5:15pm - 6:00pm

    Wine Reception