Funding Startups with Craig Vachon

Serial entrepreneur and financing expert, Craig Vachon, shares insight into how to best position yourself to receive the funding you need.

NOTE — You must register for this site through links on the http://techraising.com — reserve your spot now.

Whether it’s family and friends round to get you started, an Angel or VC round, or a bridge loan needed for short term cash flow. Know what’s best for you and what you need to be able to go get it. Raising money takes preparation and time. Knowing how you expect to raise money and the criteria you’ll need to meet, factor large in many early — and later — company decisions. Position yourself correctly and you’ll have a much easier time.

In This Clinic You Will Learn:
– Finding investment isn’t for those who aren’t willing to work hard for it
– Finding the right investor is often the most difficult part [Spray and Pray never works]
– The five key attributes that investors are looking for
– Techniques for matching your needs with different funding approaches

What To Bring:
– Ideas on who you want to secure funding from
– Current plan and timeline on when you want to raise money
– All questions on funding

A Bit About Craig Vachon:
Craig Vachon is a serial entrepreneur and investor. Over his career, he has earned $1.5B in new investment for 31 projects (including two PE/VC funds) in seven different countries. Craig has led companies in London, Tokyo, Taipei, Maharashtra India, Northern California and Vancouver BC.

Craig formerly served as the COO of Nextel International, CEO of Sirenic Inc., and the CEO of Varatouch acquired by Atrua. Most recently Craig served as the Chief Commercial Officer at Anchorfree. Craig is currently the MD Chowdahead Growth Fund [angel investments], a Senior Partner at Next Stage [a Paris-based private equity fund with €6.6B AUM], and a Central Coast Angel member. Craig has over 30 years of tech experience and has even given a TedTalk on the importance of privacy.

Agenda:
– Doors Open: 6:00PM
– Pizza & Beverages
– Presentation: 6:30PM
– Coaching Clinic: 7:15PM

Tickets: $20

NOTE — You must register for this site through links on the http://techraising.com

Sponsors:
– Santa Cruz Works
– Santa Cruz Accelerator
– Santa Cruz New Tech
– Santa Cruz Economic Development

See our other clinics: techraising.com — reserve your spot now.

Startup Challenge 2019 student winner

Institute Student Wins Startup Challenge Monterey Bay’s Student Division

by Jason Warburg

Excerpt

Charge City, a proposal by Middlebury Institute student Erin Lannon MAIEP ’19 for a turnkey charging solution for electric vehicles, recently won the Student Division of the 10th annual Startup Challenge Monterey Bay, beating out two other finalists to take home first prize of $1,500 in seed money.

“Winning the StartUp Challenge was exhilarating and rewarding!” said Lannon. “The Charge City idea came to me a few months ago and I was able to fine tune my idea through Professor Jeff Langholz’s Green Business Feasibility Assessment class.” The International Environmental Policy student envisions transforming small and medium-sized business parking lots into Electric Vehicle Charging Stations (EVCS), with the goal of installing two to 10 charging stations per location. The business model employs incentives offered by the State of California to offer businesses zero-cost-down charging station installations. “Over the summer I plan to incorporate, raise seed capital and launch a pilot at a medium sized business in Santa Ana, Orange County. I’ll be running on the lean start-up model with the goal of scaling in 2020.”

Read the entire article here.

Startup Challenge 2019 Grand Prize

Santa Cruz Tech Beat announces Startup Challenge 2019 winner

By Aliza Hava
Founder & CEO of Musician’s BASS – Business Administration Software for Success
Special to
Santa Cruz Tech Beat

May 21, 2019 — Seaside, CA

Excerpt

Aliza Hava wins the top award for “Excellence in Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Commercialization” at The Startup Challenge. Here’s the backstory.

Two years ago I had an idea for a platform that would help independent musicians manage their careers more effectively. After touring the world as an independent singer/songwriter for nearly a decade, working with multi-platinum, Grammy-winning producers, and having my songs included on soundtracks with the likes of Jackson Browne, Ani DiFranco, and Lucinda Williams, I found that despite my achievements, I was having trouble earning a sustainable income. I began to research online music marketing techniques and signed up for every DIY music platform available. But after using many of these tools for some time, I discovered that most of what’s out there falls short of what’s actually needed to manage my workflow, break through the noise, and make a living in the now digitally-driven music industry.

Read the rest of the article here!

KSBW covers Startup Challenge 2019

Click here to see their coverage!

El Pajaro CDC Commercial Kitchen Incubator Program Orientation

Interested in joning a


Commercial Kitchen


Incubator?


 Our non-profit commercial kitchen provides entrepreneurs with the opportunity to start and grow a food business with the support of professional consultants and trained staff. Attend an orientation and learn how you can benefit from our services.


 REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED


Sessions with less then ten registrants will be cancelled.


La orientación se presenta en inglés. Si necesita ayuda en español


contáctenos y haremos los arreglos necesarios.


 


 Notes: Our services are available to residents of Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Benito Counties.


Our kitchen is a manufacturing facility and not open to the public. 


Please wear closed-toed shoes. Traffic can be heavy during the growing season, please plan accordingly. 

Startup Monterey Bay Tech Meetup

Startup Monterey Bay Tech Meetup is the place to go to meet aspiring entrepreneurs, get news about what’s happening with local startups, get help and get inspired! SMBTM features pitches from startups, news about startups in Monterey Bay, music, fun, and games. Join us as we build the Monterey startup community! 

For more information go to: https://www.meetup.com/StartupMontereyBay/events/251827515/

Minimum Viable Product (MVP) with John Marshall

Serial entrepreneur and product expert, John Marshall, shares insight into how to build successful products for real customer problems.

NOTE — You must register for this site through links on the http://techraising.com — reserve your spot now.

The first release of a product is crucial. Including things that aren’t needed bloat your product, consume time and money, and create friction. Including too little and it doesn’t satisfy your customer. Learn how to tell between the two and build a product that users will love and talk about, and that can be built on as the business progresses.

In This Clinic You Will Learn:
– Efficient, argument-proof way to prioritize features
– Good vs. Fast vs. Cheap
– Mobile vs. Desktop vs. Web
– Hiring and Managing Virtual Teams vs. Local Talent
– Software has a half-life

What You Should Bring:
– Your half finished MVP
– Your competitors’ products
– Your dreams for wealth and global domination
– Your user profiles
– Any other tough questions

A Bit About John Marshall:
John has been bootstrapping software companies for 37 years, with 2 failures and 5 successfully sold along the way. Successful exits include two with Santa Cruz based talent (ClickTracks and Market Motive) and one with virtual staff from around the world. Along the way John learned a lot, and he’s delighted to share some experiences, what worked well, what bombed, and why. Bring questions about your specific business and plans, and get 1:1 advice.

Agenda:
– Doors Open: 6:00PM
– Pizza & Beverages
– Presentation: 6:30PM
– Coaching Clinic: 7:15PM

Tickets: $20

NOTE — You must register for this site through links on the http://techraising.com

Sponsors:
– Santa Cruz Works
– Santa Cruz Accelerator
– Santa Cruz New Tech
– Santa Cruz Economic Development

See our other clinics: techraising.com

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CEO Crash Course

Want to learn to run your venture like CEOs do?
Join our 2019 CEO Crash Course!!
By the end of the business development boot camp you will learn marketing, human resources, funding, and business model development.
Invited speakers will have experience in:

  • Investment 
  • Legal 
  • Sales 
  • Marketing 
  • Technical Development 
  • Human Resources
  • and More! 

CEO Crash Courses will be held at University of the Pacific in Stockton
May 3rd
May 10th
May 17th
1:00 – 6:00 PM

 A limited number of ventures will be accepted.
For more information and to complete an application visit our website.

 

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Details and RSVP at: http://bit.ly/201905tickets

Business Formation with Bill Richter

Corporate lawyer Bill Richter, shares his expertise on corporate formations, M&A, and day-to-day matters.

NOTE — You must register for this site through links on the http://techraising.com — reserve your spot now.

While entrepreneurs have grand visions and bold plans for success, preserving the hard-won value in your business often depends on your, or your corporate lawyer’s, ability to move things forward “three yards at a time in a cloud of dust.” Getting started the right way and running your business wisely not only saves you headaches, it saves you money and increases the value of your company (and your shares). Fixing mistakes can be costly. If you don’t want to give away value, particularly upon a financing or an acquisition,, join us for a lively discussion. The right business structure and discipline will make it easier for you to attract quality talent and partners and maximize the chance of your success.

In This Clinic You Will Learn:
– How to decipher language negotiated in real-life contracts
– How to deal with sections of agreements you never understood or never liked
– Which business entity creation is the right fit for you

What You Should Bring:
– It’s best if you could, send in advance, a redacted version of a section of agreements you never understood or never liked, or loved and hit a home run with to [masked]. Or come and hear what others are struggling with and killing it with.
– Your questions regarding business formation and contract drafting

A Bit About Bill Richter:
Bill specializes in corporate law, bridge and venture financings, mergers and acquisitions, governance, contracts, informal mediation, team-building, “on-shoring”.

He leverages his experience and expertise to give clients the tools they need to close transactions and design legal relationships that are durable, smart and fair.

Since forming Richter Law Offices (RLO) in 2002 as a solo corporate law practice in Santa Cruz, his mission has been simple: “Be a good partner. Be tireless in pursuit of the best possible outcome whatever the contract, transaction, negotiation or circumstance. Accelerate the value-creation curve. Enhance and protect value. Help each client help us make life better.”

Prior to forming RLO in 2002, Bill practiced corporate law for five years at each of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, P.C. (Senior Associate to John Goodrich) and Shearman & Sterling LLP (NYC and Budapest). He hold a B.A. from Yale College, a Masters from Harvard (Russian) and earned his J.D. from New York University School of Law.

Agenda:
– Doors Open: 6:00PM
– Pizza & Beverages
– Presentation: 6:30PM
– Coaching Clinic: 7:15P

Tickets: $20

NOTE — You must register for this site through links on the http://techraising.com

Sponsors:
– Santa Cruz Works
– Santa Cruz Works Accelerator
– Santa Cruz New Tech
– Santa Cruz Economic Development

See our other clinics: techraising.com