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How to Get Your Idea Off the Ground

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These are intimate, practical, hands-on workshops conducted in a small group setting. Space is limited.

Learn from an angel investor and gain the tools you need to develop your idea, build a team, formulate a strategy, and obtain funding

There are outstanding resources available to help entrepreneurs get their ideas off the ground --from accelerators and incubators to the big consulting firms on Page Mill Road.

If you are fortunate enough to have the resources to hire one of these consulting firms, or are able to get into one of these accelerators or incubators, you may be on your way.

However, not everyone has the resources they need to hire a pricey consulting firm. And not everyone can get accepted into highly competitive programs like Y-Combinator.

How does one level the playing field?

These workshops are geared to provide the insight and knowledge a budding entrepreneur needs to get on track for success.

Agenda: March 11, 19, 25
6:00-6:30pm Networking
6:30-8:30pm Workshop
8:30-9:00pm Networking
1. How to Get Your Idea Off the Ground
Mon. March 11, 6-9pm
This overview will provide the fundamental building blocks for creating and launching an idea, along with a basic understanding of the startup and product realization processes and lifecycle. After this workshop you will understand the startup roadmap, how to develop and build a team, how to develop your strategy, and how to get others interested in your idea.

2. How to Fund Your Startup
Tue. March 19, 6-9pm
This workshop will provide a fundamental understanding of funding options, their impact and how to determine which one is right for you. After this workshop you will have an understanding of the various funding options available to you, their pros and cons, and what you need to develop a successful strategy to fund your idea.

3. How to Write an Executive Summary and
Develop Your Investor Presentation Mon. March 25, 6-9pm
This workshop will provide you with the tools and understanding to create the key documents for funding. Learn how to avoid the common mistakes that most startups make in this crucial step. After this workshop you will know how to develop a compelling executive summary and investor presentation that will inform and help persuade investors to fund your startup.


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, call Cesar Plata ([masked]) at[masked]

Each workshop is conducted by investor Gary Jinks.

Gary is the founder and managing director of South Valley Angels andand president of GLJ Group. ( (

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 and subject matter experts to help entrepreneurs achieve success.

South Valley Angels (SVA) works with entrepreneurs to build the great companies of tomorrow. SVA is comprised of entrepreneurs and senior executives from a wide range of industries who are passionate about investing for the future.

South Valley Angels funds innovative startup companies with compelling ideas and promising teams. We review companies from all regions and have a special interest in nurturing the greater San Francisco Bay Area.

SVA provide funds to compelling start-ups and seed-stage companies while offering hands-on mentoring to ensure success for the company and a viable return on investment for investors.

• Questions? Contact: Cesar Plata,[masked] cell, [masked]

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