|Thursday, Mar 6, 2008 – 7:30 to 9:00am
Centergy One Building
Hodges Room (335)
What’s the current state of early stage funding in the Southeast? Come hear Michael Blake of Adams Capital and also one of the key drivers of Startuplounge, speak on the state of early stage funding in the Southeast.
Society Meeting – 7:30-9am
Blake will discuss the challenges early stage companies in the SE are facing in respect to raising capital. He will also convey success stories and address his thoughts on best practices. Finally, he will forecast the fund availability outlook going forward, and discuss what GA needs to do to be competitive with the SE and the most successful parts of the USA. Sterling Wharton, an entrepreneur-in-residence at the ATDC, will be an expert participant in the discussion.
Michael Blake has been advising privately held and public companies for over 15 years. His business experience includes: venture capitalist; investment banker; consultant; business owner; advisor and educator. Sterling Wharton is a successful high-technology entrepreneur with Sales, Executive and CEO experience in a number of startups and growth companies over the past 20 years.
Increase your knowledge about venture funding in the SE by attending this session.
Entrepreneurs Roundtable – 9:15-10:15am (Entrepreneurs Only)
Serial entrepreneur Scott Geller, who has been successful at raising angel and venture capital with several companies including his current company Invistics, will join us as an “expert” participant in this entrepreneurs-only roundtable. Entrepreneurs can discuss the society topic but can also pick the brain of fellow entrepreneurs on strategic or tactical issues. This is a unique opportunity to benefit from the wisdom and experience of your peers.