Funding Workshop Series: Part I - How to Get Your Idea Off the Ground

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Launching a start up, gaining traction, and then scaling one's new business can be a daunting task for even the most skilled, savvy, and confident of entrepreneurs.

There are a variety of resources available to help entrepreneurs get their idea of the ground -- from accelerators to incubators to the big consulting firms on Page Mill Road. 

Some entrepreneurs are fortunate enough to have the resources to hire a consulting firm, or lucky enough to be selected to join a leading incubator in Silicon Valley.  For those entrepreneurs, both of these events can be game-changing.

However, not everyone has the resources to hire the right firm or is able to get into a top incubator.


How, then, does one level the playing field?

These workshops are geared to provide  insight and knowledge similar to what one might gain from hiring a consultant or joining an incubator.

This set of workshops will provide you the tools to grow your idea, build a team, develop your strategy, and obtain funding.

Wed. November 28 How to Get your Idea Off the Ground

This workshop will provide a fundamental understanding of funding options, the  impact of these options, and which option is right for you.  After this workshop you will have an understanding of the various funding options, their pros and cons, and what you need to do to develop a successful strategy to  fund your idea. 

Wed. December 5 How to Fund Your Startup
There are many great programs that teach entrepreneurs how to be successful in raising venture capital - but angel investors are not venture capitalists, and the same rules and expectations do not apply. The odds of raising angel financing are higher than raising venture capital, and in some instances it may be all the financing you need...

Wed. December 12 How to Write an Executive Summary and Develop Your Investor Presentation
This workshop will provide you with the tools and understanding to create the key documents required to get funding. Learn how to avoid the common mistakes that most start ups make in this crucial step. After this workshop you will know how to develop a compelling executive summary and investor presentation that will provide the info that investors are looking for when you pitch.


6:00-6:30pm  Networking
6:30-8:30pm  Workshop
8:30-9:00pm  Networking

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Cost: Advance $50 per workshop or $60 at door
Discount: $125 for all 3 workshops
Must bring your receipt. Your name will be on the list at the door. 

For  more info, contact: Cesar Plata [masked],[masked]c 

About The Speaker:

Gary Jinks, Founder, South Valley Angels

President, GLJ Group


Gary Jinks has excelled at product development and product commercialization across, defense, high tech, clean tech and industrial/automotive markets. He has worked with a wide range of companies; from early stage start-ups to fortune 500.

Gary sits on the board for the Morgan Hill Community Partnership and regularly mentors start-up companies through his membership with the VC Private Equity, as well as organizations such as the Clean Tech Open.

Since 2004 Gary has been the owner and President of GLJ Group providing business and product development consulting and services. During this time Gary has generated over $300M in new business for his clients and developed products ranging from circuit boards, B2B eCommerce Solutions to combat vehicles.

In 2008 Gary received the coveted BAE Systems Chairman’s award for process innovation and management, rarely given to a consultant. Prior to GLJ Group Gary developed the strategic planning and direction for Rockwell Collins expansion into the Army ground systems market.

Gary helped launch two DotCom start-ups where he was introduced to the venture capital business model. Gary began his career with FMC (later United Defense) and was a key team member contributing to the design and development of over 20 combat vehicles.

Gary is a graduate of the US Army NCO Academy; Systems Engineering from Portland State University, and holds a BS in Business Management from the University of Phoenix.

About South Valley Angels and GLJ Group:

South Valley Angels funds innovative start-up companies with compelling ideas and promising teams.  South Valley angels reviews companies from all regions while having a special interest in nurturing startups in the greater San Francisco Bay Area.

Their primary goal is to provide funds to compelling start-ups and seed-stage companies while assisting with hands-on mentoring to ensure success for the company and return for our investors.

GLJ Group facilitates, coordinates and manages the flow of quality deal flow and opportunities to achieve realization, launch and financial success. GLJ Group and partners provide resources, services, and/or professional networks that enable quality deal flow, provide subject matter experts and ensure overall success.


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