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April 2021

Fundraising 101: Access to Dilutive and Non-Dilutive Capital

 

Fundraising is always hard. But did you know that most founders spend their energy going after the wrong type of capital? Join us for a session with Venture Capitalist and Fund Manager, Himalaya Rao, as she talks about the capital constriction points and the type of capital that’s most appropriate for your company. After this session, you should be able to chart your company’s journey along the fundraising life cycle pathway, know what type(s) of capital are best for your venture, and the ability to tailor your messaging and efforts to the motivations of those specific investors.


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Cost: Free for OEN members; $15 for non-members. *Sorry, no refunds.* 

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Speaker

 

Himalaya Rao-Potlapally

co-Managing Director of Black Founders Matter

I am the co-Managing Director of Black Founders Matter and a Venture Capital Consultant who works with Angel Funds and Venture Firms along the West Coast. I have worked with seven different funds and am currently working with Portland Seed Fund as their diligence lead while actively raising for Black Founders Matter Fund I. I have a passion for expanding the accessibility of entrepreneurship to BIPOC and rural communities as a pathway for economic development and generational wealth building.

Presented by: Oregon Entrepreneurs Network

Start:
April 13, 2021 8:00 AM
End:
April 13, 2021 9:00 AM
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Due Diligence for Angel Investors

 

As any business lawyer will tell you, angel investing in start-ups is high-risk and companies can fail for a myriad of reasons. How can you place the smartest possible bets? Local Oregon Venture Fund partner and former software entrepreneur Scott Sandler has researched hundreds of companies and helped structure more than 50 angel investment deals at this point, and is happy to share all he’s learned. Join us on April 13th, 4-5:30pm to get the lowdown from Scott on how to effectively research startups and minimize the risk of bad bets as much as possible.

You will learn:

  • Why VCs put companies through a diligence process
  • How VCs perform diligence
  • Diligence best practices for early-stage investing

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Cost: Free for OEN Members; $15 for non-members. *Sorry, no refunds.*  

Note: if nothing happens when you click the Member ticket option on the right, it probably means your membership has expired. Now is a great time to renew!

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SPEAKER

 

Scott Sandler

Investments, Oregon Venture Fund

Following a serial software startup career, including as CEO of Novas Software, which had a successful exit in 2008, Scott joined OVF as an investor in 2010 and as a member of the team in 2012. Scott manages the fund’s investment selection, diligence, and deal structuring. He believes that OVF is perfectly positioned to help build wealth for everyone involved—however, they define it. He thanks the George Meyer, the infamous Simpsons writer, for his mantra “Show up. Work hard. Be kind. Take the high road.”

Presented by: Oregon Entrepreneurs Network

Start:
April 13, 2021 4:00 PM
End:
April 13, 2021 5:30 PM
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Product Development with Inviz.ai

 

Are you a non-technical founder launching a tech startup? Or an existing startup that needs extra product development bandwidth to launch a new feature or speed up progress on your product roadmap? Inviz.ai has a team of 70 product developers they can deploy to help develop your minimum viable product and hand you a completed codebase upon which to build, or simply expand your product development capacity.

The Inviz.ai team is experienced on traditional cloud platforms, AI/ML algorithms for relevant search results, personalization, facial recognition, and more. Because AI technologies are so technically complex, they end up being leveraged exclusively by big companies like Microsoft, Amazon, Walmart and others who can afford to hire large engineering teams to develop them. Inviz wants to level the playing field by making AI/ML and other advanced technologies available to startups and SMEs at an affordable cost.

Join this session to:

  • Learn more about application development processes and technologies like AI/ML, cloud, and data management
  • Explore the different types of product development models for startups, such as Stage Gate, Lean, and IDEO
  • Find out how your startup can look and feel like a major player, right from the beginning
  • Consider the pros and cons of having a technology partner

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Cost: Free

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Speaker

 

Priyansha Bagaria

Chief Revenue Officer, Inviz.ai

Priyansha possesses a unique combination of technical knowledge in AI/ML and years of experience managing complex cloud migration programs. Working in a global environment has given her the opportunity to travel across and build a business network in 30 countries, spanning industries like manufacturing, retail, and FMCG. Priyansha is extremely passionate about women empowerment, entrepreneurship, fitness, and fashion.

Presented by: Inviz.ai

Inviz Loves Startups

We help companies of all shapes and sizes leverage technology and data to solve problems or capitalize on opportunities. We love to bring our Cloud and AI expertise to startups that are passionately tackling problems, and support them through their journey with tech consulting, prototype development, and building fully scalable solutions.

 

Start:
April 15, 2021 9:00 AM
End:
April 15, 2021 10:00 AM
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Structuring Equity Investment – Get it Right

 

The advice we most often hear experienced entrepreneurs give new founders is: get a good lawyer. Time spent properly setting up your company, understanding the downstream ramifications of taking equity in different formats, and effectively managing your cap table, will literally pay dividends over the life of your company.

This session is a deep dive with one of those good lawyers. Meredith Fox of White Summers has represented both entrepreneurs and investors in dozens of deals, and will share the most important lessons she’s learned from years in the trenches. You will learn:

  • Different types of investment structures, including note financings, SAFEs, and equity financing
  • What type of investment tends to work best at each stage of a company’s stage of growth
  • Different types of equity investors (angel, VC, strategic investor), and how to find the best fit for your company

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Cost: Free for OEN members; $15 for non-members. *Sorry, no refunds.* 

Note: if nothing happens when you click the Member ticket option on the right, it probably means your membership has expired. Now is a great time to renew!

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Speaker

 

Meredith Fox

Counsel, White Summers

Meredith’s practice focuses on providing strategic advice to companies to position them for, and help them through, critical junctures including organization and formation, obtaining initial funding, negotiating strategic transactions, determining company growth, scaling and exit opportunities, and raising capital. Meredith previously worked as in-house counsel to a performance-based marketing start-up in San Diego, CA, giving her an inside perspective of the legal needs of start-ups and emerging growth-stage companies.

Meredith advises both buyers and sellers in transactions involving mergers, acquisitions, asset sales, joint ventures, and various other M&A matters including cross-border transactions. Meredith has an LLM in Taxation and advises clients on corporate tax structure and international tax planning.

 

Presented by: Oregon Entrepreneurs Network

Start:
April 21, 2021 9:00 AM
End:
April 21, 2021 10:00 AM
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Investor Decks: Content and Design Strategies

 

Oh, the dreaded pitch deck! Everyone knows that the first presentation can make or break a lucrative relationship with an investor. But where do you start? What is important to cover? Join Venture Capitalist and Fund Manager, Himalaya Rao, and one of PSU’s Lead Graphic Designers, Xuan Cheng as they go through a deep dive of things to include (and not) in pitch decks for dilutive investors. This duo has combed through over 200 pitch decks to find examples and tangible advice for you to nail that first impression with an investor!


Details

 

Cost: Free for OEN members; $15 for non-members. *Sorry, no refunds.* 

Note: if nothing happens when you click the Member ticket option on the right, it probably means your membership has expired. Now is a great time to renew!

Not yet an OEN member? Join today 


Speakers

 

Himalaya Rao-Potlapally

co-Managing Director of Black Founders Matter

I am the co-Managing Director of Black Founders Matter and a Venture Capital Consultant who works with Angel Funds and Venture Firms along the West Coast. I have worked with seven different funds and am currently working with Portland Seed Fund as their diligence lead while actively raising for Black Founders Matter Fund I. I have a passion for expanding the accessibility of entrepreneurship to BIPOC and rural communities as a pathway for economic development and generational wealth building.

 

Xuan Cen Cheng

Founder of Xuancen.Design LLC

Lead Designer at PSU CE

My vision is to help entrepreneurs create an identity for their brand and visually sharing their stories. With xuancen.design, I wanted to do differently than any other creative studio. Every client I met, we work together like friends, the quality of work from friendly collaboration shows. I’ll bring my professional experience and build a process of collaboration because it’s an effective way to make things feel right and true to the client.

Presented by: Oregon Entrepreneurs Network

Start:
April 27, 2021 8:00 AM
End:
April 27, 2021 9:00 AM
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