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Funding for Lean Startups

  • May 15, 2014 · 6:00 PM

In startups, the phrase “cash is king” could not be more true.  But where does that cash come from, and what sources are most appropriate for your venture?  Our panel of experts - Venture Capitalists, Angel Investors, and Entrepreneurs who’ve been on the other side of the table - will share their funding experiences with you so that you can be prepared for the next time you need a seat at the table, on either side.

The Lean Startup Approach helps entrepreneurs build Minimal Viable Products (“MVP”) in order to test their ideas with low financial risks, eliminating waste and speeding the process of finding a scalable business model.  So the question is - when do you need funding, why do you need it, and for what?  You can bootstrap it yourself or look for outside funding, but when it comes to scaling your venture, what’s the ideal route for you?  If you do need outside help, what are potential investors looking for?  Whether you have the funds to make it yourself or need to seek outside help there are optimal strategies to position your company for success in the private capital markets.  Join us on May 15th at 1871 to hear the story from people who have been there before.  

About our Speakers

David Culver is the founder of Venture Shot, and has helped fund a laundry list of companies

Kameron Jackson is a lifelong marketer and brand strategist having worked on brands such as Adidas, Nike, and Verizon just to name a few. In 2008 Kameron caught the entrepreneur-bug when he and a childhood friend co-founded a sunless tanning company called Ortanic. Executive’s at Yelp called Ortanic The Highest Rated Sunless Tanning Company in the United States. Ortanic got national attention after being featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, as well as a long list of national publications, such as Glamour, Allure and InStyle (all within it’s first year of business). In 2013 Ortanic was successfully acquired by Chicago based Fitness Formula Health Clubs. Kameron is now working on his second venture, which is set to launch in the fall of 2014.

Brian Curliss is an entrepreneur who has bootstrapped a company, raised money for another, and is also a winner of the Chicago Lean Startup Challenge.  Brian is currently a co-founder at MailLift.


6:00 PM to 6:50 PM - Networking over Pizza and Beer

6:50 PM to 7:00 PM - Announcements

7:00 PM to 8:00 PM - Speaker and Q&A

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  • Steven R.

    I am interested in learning about the business psychology consulting needs of start-ups and entrepreneurs.

    May 12, 2014

  • Garrick B.

    I am working with a startup and we are launching software this summer for the education market. We have a business plan, etc. Is this the forum or group where we can present the idea?


    May 2, 2014

    • Derin A.

      This is definitely a group that would be helpful in discussing your plan, but this event itself will not be ideal for that. We do have a Lean Startup Challenge upcoming that could be an excellent outlet for that if you were interested in such a competition, but otherwise I think networking and discussing would be your best strategy.

      May 7, 2014

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