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Funding Your Startup

The funding landscape is always changing. Join our panel of investors to see how to best position yourself or your company to get investors involved, get funded, and get moving. Learn what you need to do to receive funding for your startup or your idea. Our panel is a group of successful angel investors/VCs in Seattle, dedicated to the formation and growth of startup companies.

Join us along with a panel of angel investors to discuss:

  • What do angels look for? What’s the mindset behind selecting different businesses?

  • How should an entrepreneur get the attention of an angel investor?

  • What should a startup have in place in order to impress angel investors and make them want to commit?

  • And what about VC funding? You may have heard about the Ballard startup that just received $10 Million from VCs.

  • And how about crowdfunding? Is it worth a shot?

    *** Got a question for the panelists? Post it below or on our Facebook page (

And, as always, you can get your questions answered at the event. Learn what you should know as an entrepreneur about funding, growing your business, and anything else you have in mind. Plus enjoy some quality networking.


Geoff Entress (current angel investor in over 50 companies and venture partner with Voyager Capital)

Yi-Jian Ngo (Managing Director, Alliance of Angels)

Peter Weiss (angel investor)

Moderated by Barak Rosenbloom (Founder, Essay Mentors).

Register now for $20 (or $25 cash at the door). Sorry, absolutely no refunds. Register early - this event will sell out!

Event includes food/drinks.

NOTE: Please arrive as close to 5:30pm as possible. (The building's lobby elevators are locked at 7pm, so NO LATE ARRIVALS)

Sponsored by Davis Wright Tremaine, Ember IP, and Global Music Project.


Geoff Entress is an active angel investor in the Pacific Northwest, focusing broadly on investments in information technologies. A current venture partner with Voyager Capital and a former venture partner with Madrona Venture Group, Geoff is a current investor in over fifty private companies in the Pacific Northwest and is a current board member of ten companies, including Big Fish Games, White Pages, Meritage Soups, Banyan Branch, Bonanza, Walk Score, Treemo Labs, Judy's Book, LiquidPlanner and Nirvaha.

Geoff is also a long-time member of the Executive and Screening committees of the Alliance of Angels, the largest angel investor organization in the Pacific Northwest, and is an advisory board member of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Washington and of the Donald H. Jones Center for Entrepreneurship at the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University. A former securities lawyer and financial analyst, he has also held positions at Perkins Coie, Jones Day,, Salomon Brothers, The Prudential Home Mortgage Company, Mellon Bank, Priority Investment Management and Duquesne Capital Management. Geoff is a graduate of the The University of Michigan Law School, the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University, and the University of Notre Dame.

Yi-Jian Ngo (Managing Director, Alliance of Angels). A network engineer by training, Yi-Jian stumbled into the startup world when AT&T rebooted its corporate venture fund and recruited him as a founding team member. Working closely with entrepreneurs and helping them build their companies turned out to be such a blast that he continued that work at Microsoft. Most recently, he was a venture capitalist at Sierra Ventures, where he focused on investments in mobile and enterprise/infrastructure software & services from around the world. Yi-Jian holds an MBA from the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell.

Peter Weiss (angel investor) has 30+ years of finance and managerial experience from Wall Street (mergers & acquisitions and leveraged buy-outs) through business ownership to more than a dozen years as a consultant providing corporate finance, CFO services, general management advice and executive coaching to young companies. Grounded in multigenerational, family-owned, specialty food business and influenced by extensive experience as an early-stage and real investor, Peter focuses on capital structures and operating plans designed to do address near term needs without losing sight of long-term goals. The objective is to produce cash flow; stable, sustainable businesses; and achieving medium- and long-term objectives for founders, managers, employees and investors.

Seattle Entrepreneurs is a social enterprise so revenue generated goes toward Global Music Project, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to unite people through music and cultural awareness. Support music and cultural awareness with your donation…

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent!! Great Information

    October 17, 2012

  • postmaster

    Hi .. At event but cannot get to 22nd floor;)

    October 16, 2012

  • tgiffin

    Was hoping it would have started at 5:30 vs 6:20

    October 16, 2012

  • Thomas L.

    Very informative and educational. Speaking panel was top notch; I really appreciated them sharing their different viewpoints on how to get funding with someone like themselves as well as venture capitalists and further. I would attend again in a heartbeat, and would definately say any person seeking advice on getting funding for their business MUST attend this first.
    Thanks much & cheers,

    October 16, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great open discussions.

    October 15, 2012

  • Eugenie R.

    Excellent panel! Very knowledgeable and communicated well on some tough topics. Bravo!

    October 15, 2012

  • Madhu R.

    Very useful, informative and interesting.

    October 15, 2012

  • tgiffin

    My colleague got sick so I have an extra ticket I'd be will to give to someone if that is legal per the ToS.

    October 15, 2012

    • Peter F.

      A nice thought indeed but since the fees go to the non-profit I guess you can just write it off in April :-)

      October 15, 2012

  • Stephanie L.

    Is is possible to show up at the time allotted and possibly gain a seat? I apologize for any inconvenience. I'm new to this.

    October 15, 2012

    • Peter F.

      Hi, Stephanie. Yes, just get there ASAP. usually additional chairs are added when needed. Cost is $25 cash at the door. Enjoy the event! :-)

      October 15, 2012

  • Peter F.

    Do you have a good camera? If you can take some photos at this event, you can attend for free :-) If so, just let me know.

    October 5, 2012

    • Barry H.

      I always have a camera...

      October 15, 2012

  • Peter F.

    If you're not registered by noon today, you can still just show up and pay at the door ($25 cash). Hope you can make it - should be a great event! :-)

    October 15, 2012

  • Steven S.

    During our conversation about funding, I would like to ask that we do not limit our discussion to only tech start-ups. Some of us are trying to launch smaller endeavors and non-tech ventures. Often we are using our day jobs to finance our entrepreneurial dreams and bootstrapping our projects through family loans, credit cards, and factors. We face not only the fear of failure, but also the fear of success. What do we do if demand rises expectantly and we need to quickly purchase inventory, equipment, or retail space? We are not the type of companies that VC’s are hungering after, and we are certainly not as sexy as the Stars of Bravo’s “Silicon Valley,” but the challenges are just as hard, and getting the answers is just as difficult.


    October 11, 2012

    • Peter F.

      Thanks, Steven. I'll see if we can work that in. If you don't hear it get asked by the moderator, please feel free to do so! Enjoy the event! :-)

      October 11, 2012

  • George S L.

    I have an excellent camera and would be happy to take pictures...

    1 · October 5, 2012

    • Peter F.

      Great! Thanks, George! :-)

      October 9, 2012

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