Financial Modeling for High Growth Ventures

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Financial Modeling for High Growth Venture

This class will address gap-funding and programmatic support available to Michigan entrepreneurs, but will be primarily focused on how to create projections for both long-term strategic planning and investor-readiness.  Both the output format and structure of the financial model will be discussed, along with tips and suggestions helpful to creating a viable and flexible model.


John Balbach, Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center
John Balbach is currently a MI-SBTDC Technology Business Consultant where he assists
technology-based companies throughout the state of Michigan in bridging the gap between
technology development and commercialization. His background includes close to twenty years
of diverse and executive-level experience spanning the nonprofit sector, large corporations, earlystage technology ventures and public-private partnerships. As one of the initial members of Silicon Valley Bank’s Seattle office, he played an integral role in the bank’s establishment of a strong and lasting presence in the region’s early-stage market. In addition, while at Seattle-based
software company Viathan Corporation, Balbach led the financial efforts that closed on both $23
million in venture capital and the company’s eventual acquisition.

He has served as a commercialization plan reviewer for the National Science Foundation, led an Impact Investing Fund focused on the life science sector, and worked on a high-profile corporate consulting engagement for a company seeking to infuse cleantech solutions into its supply chain. His background includes extensive experience in strategic planning, business plan creation, business plan analysis, venture financing and early-stage commercial lending.

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