VCs, Angels, and Crowdfunding: Fundraising for the Lean Startup

  • Feb 21, 2013 · 6:00 PM

Early bird tickets: $10 until 5pm on Friday, February 1

Regular price tickets: $15 through Feb. 17

After Feb. 17 admission will be $20 per person

So you have a great idea and you've followed the Lean Startup process to validate your hypotheses. Maybe you've built a minimum viable product (MVP) and you've already made some sales to early adopters.

BUT, what happens when bootstrapping gets you as far as it can and you need more resources?  You're not alone, this question has troubled entrepreneurs everywhere: How do I fund my billion dollar idea?

Join us on February 21 to hear answers to this question from all different perspectives. Our panel of experts will be taking questions from the audience on all things fundraising. Hear the thoughts and experiences of a VC, an angel, an entrepreneur who has raised funding, and a pair of crowdfunders. Whichever method you prefer, if you need money or think you will then we have something for you!

Our Panel of Experts

Joe Dwyer- Venture Partner, OCA Ventures

Craig Bradley- Founding Member, Wildcat Angels

Ed Bellis- CEO and Co-Founder, Risk I/O

Sam Miller and Leona Liu- Founders, Civali Jeans (funded through Kickstarter)

As always, join us at 6 for pizza, beer, and networking.


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  • Tom O.

    Hey, anyone see the Wed 3/6 meeting in 1871 with Steve Balmer of MSFT and J.B. Pritzker?

    March 8, 2013

    • Dillon M.

      That wasn't just me? That really happened?

      March 8, 2013

    • Tom O.

      Covered in Sun Times 3/7 p43. City of Chgo is now using Office 365 Govt Cloud for email consolidation.

      March 8, 2013

  • Richard A.

    Great event. Always a great place to meet other similar minded individuals.

    February 27, 2013

  • Jason W.

    Thursday's Forum was a great opportunity to network and hear some good information from the panel.

    The online question submission format was great way to "crowdsource" the Q&A portion of the night, but it could have been better.
    #1 - Put up signs with the WiFi code & Q&A link in advance. A couple sheets of paper by the beer buckets would suffice.
    #2 - Sticking to the Q&A format and moderating the discussions to 5 mins so there's time to get thru more questions.

    Great overall and I'm looking forward to the next event!

    February 24, 2013

  • Grant D.

    Last nite was great very informative, met a lot of great people with great ideas.

    February 22, 2013

  • Paul C.

    Good panel. Candid, engaging and informative. But I'm not sure I like the online question submission format if it is going to be ignored. Only two questions were asked from it, if I remember correctly.

    February 22, 2013

  • Jerico C.

    Hi everyone, I am looking forward to meet current entrepreneurs, new entrepreneurs, VCs and Angels. May you have a good "Meetup".

    1 · February 21, 2013

  • Milena S.

    Can I get a ticket at the start for an extra friend to join me? Not sure yet if they will finish work in time to make it.

    February 21, 2013

    • Dave L.

      Sure, just find me and I can take payment if your friend comes.

      February 21, 2013

  • Milena S.

    Where can I find detailed info on the topics/speakers?

    February 21, 2013

    • Dave L.

      Hi Milena, the summary of the evening is above in the description. We try to keep it brief so we don't clutter it up, but I would encourage you to google the panelists if you're interested in learning more about them before this evening.

      February 21, 2013

  • Tom O.

    Paid via EventBrite 2/1 -appears cannot get on attendee list.

    February 20, 2013

  • Doug B.

    Looking forward to it!

    February 20, 2013

  • Grant D.

    I just booked both tickets for my wife and I. Do I need to register her as well her name is on the tickets?

    February 19, 2013

    • Dave L.

      Hi Grant, you and your wife are both all set!

      February 19, 2013

  • Grant D.

    I will be there!!

    1 · February 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am able to make it after all. Please cancel my cancellation request I will attend.

    February 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    "Regular price tickets: $15 through Feb. 17" When I go through the Eventbrite link, it is showing ticket prices at $20 a piece

    February 10, 2013

    • Greg B.

      Justin, click on the upper right at the RSVP, and that takes you to an Amazon pay sight and it shows $15.

      February 14, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks, Greg

      February 15, 2013

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