ATDC’s comprehensive fundraising bootcamp, CapVenture, kicked off last week with wise words from people you want to know. The opening session, "Understanding Investors", was led by Jeff Leavitt and included a panel of the biggest investors in town. With industry leaders such as Brendan Mcguire of RBC, Greg Foster of Noro Moseley, Sig Mosley of Imlay Investments, and Fred Sturgis of H.I.G., participating in a panel kicking off the program, CapVenture promises to be worth the effort. During the session, the panel stressed the value of knowing how and – most importantly – when you approach both angel and VC investors.
The 15 technology companies chosen for CapVenture will refine their business and funding strategy, sharpen their fundraising pitch, and participate in events like last week’s session. This year’s group of companies includes: Arterain Medical, Cloud Sherpas, Event Seek, GadZeus, Gotham PC, InterCAX, LocalPrice, ProperNotice, Purewire, Queuent, Radiance Energies, Renovo Data, Servinity, and WORKbits. We intend to make some of the materials that the companies use during the program available online for the broader startup community.
Last year, five of the fifteen CapVenture companies received funding. It will be interesting to see if this bunch can top that. The program cumulates with the opportunity to meet angel and venture investors at the Program Celebration and Venture Forum on October 7th.