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Capturing the Investors' Imagination - LaunchPad Kick Off

OPEN SV is excited to announce OPEN SV Launch Pad Event on Thursday October 10th at Pillsbury Law Firm offices in Palo Alto. In a moderated discussion, the guest panelists representing various incubators, accelerators and funding sources will share and provide deep insights on "Capturing the Investors' Imagination" to help entrepreneurs fine-tune their stories.

Register today to attend the event and find out what ideas are getting rewarded with investments, what is involved in the process of fundraising for a startup and what is going through the mind of the VC listening to your pitch.

What: OPEN SV LaunchPad Kick Off

When: Thursday, October 10th 2013, 6 PM

Where: Pillsbury Law Firm, 2250 Hanover Street, Palo Alto, CA

Panelists:

Nima AdelKhani - Nima is the founder of PITME, which aims to "Turbo Charge the Middle East." As part of this effort PITME labs will bring growth stage companies from the MENA region for a month long immersion program supported by over 100 mentors. In his former role, Nima was head of business development for the Founder Institute, a global accelerator with operations in over 30 cities. He also helped to manage TheFunded.com and Founder Showcase. During his tenure, Nima helped launch over 300 startups. Prior to this, Nima worked in international business development. He has travelled in over 57 countries and speaks 4 languages.

Shayan Habib, Partner, Ideavelopers - EFG Hermes. Ideavelopers is a $50 Million technology venture fund focused on early stage technology companies. Shayan is based in Silicon Valley. His key responsibilities include sourcing and evaluating new venture capital investment opportunities in early stage technology companies, and structuring and negotiating transaction terms and conditions and conducting diligence. Previously, he worked with Arrow Capital and Lehman Brothers. He earned a B.A. in Economics and Math from UPenn.

Rehan Jalil, Venture Advisor, Mayfield Fund. Rehan is an Entrepreneur, Investor and Limited Partner in technology venture funds. Previously he was President of WiChorus (Tellabs subsidiary) and Senior Vice President of Tellabs. He led WiChorus as a founder and CEO through inception to eventual merger with Tellabs for about $200 million in cash and stock. He holds an AMP from Harvard Business School, an MSEE from Purdue University and BEEE from NED University.

Rand Owens, Co-founder Spartups Incubator. He is a graduate of San Jose State University 09’ in Political Science. While in college, Rand held the position of Community Outreach Liaison during which he remedied situations between constituents and government entities. After graduating, he took over a vending company, which he grew to $1.6M in gross sales. He has worked in the startup and SMB industries since he graduated by advising many companies in digital marketing strategies, branding, user acquisition strategies, sales, business development and strategic partnerships.

Moderated by Shoieb Yunus who is a charter member of OPEN Silicon Valley. At OPEN SV, Shoieb leads the Launch Pad program designed to bridge the gap between the entrepreneurs and the investors. He is an entrepreneur, seasoned product marketing professional and an indie filmmaker. AuthenTec, now Apple, acquired Shoieb’s first startup EzValidation, a biometric software company. He earned BS in Computer Science from University of Kentucky.

Chair: Shoieb Yunus

When: Thursday, October 10th

Where: Pillsbury Law Firm 2250 Hanover Street, Palo Alto, CA

OPEN LaunchPad is a platform available to OPEN members. Pitches can be submitted via email to [masked]

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