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Partner Event (ENET): Funding Your Company Without an Angel or VC
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11/1/2011
When: November 1, 2011
From 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Where: Foley Hoag Emerging Enterprise Center
1000 Winter Street, Suite 4000
Waltham, Massachusetts  02451
United States

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ENET

The IEEE Boston Entrepreneurs' Network



Program Overview:


Each year 600,000 new businesses are started in the US, but in 2010 venture capital funded just 2,792 companies. Even assuming all the VC deals were for new start ups (hint: they weren’t), 597,208 or so businesses somehow got up and running without the blessing of a VC partner committee.

Yet to read the business press, one would be forgiven for assuming that the only path to riches for an entrepreneur is to give up most of the equity and control of his or her company in exchange for a few million dollars from angel investors and venture capitalists.

While some angel and venture funded companies do have great success, they are a tiny minority even in the universe of fast growing companies. In 2007 when Entrepreneur Magazine published the 500 hottest companies in America just 3.5% had received venture capital and only 15% had ANY outside capital.

At the November 1st meeting we will explore the strategies successful entrepreneurs have used to get their business up and growing without outside equity capital. Topics will include: bootstrapping, SBIR funding, winning business plan competitions, business models and cash flow management methods that allow founders to get their companies off the ground and to maintain control and equity in their business.

Panelists include:
Steve Derezinski, CEO and Co-founder, Metal Oxygen Separation Technologies, Inc.
Waseem Daher, Senior Director, Oracle
Maureen Mansfield, Co-Founder, iTourNow

Moderator:
Michael S. Chester, President, International Manufacturing Consultants

Register for this event directly on our partner's site. Registration is Free for IEEE ENET Members and $20 for regular admittance (non-member and guest). Participants may also attend a pre-meeting dinner at 5:15pm.



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