Raising capital for a startup or small business is without question one of the most challenging aspects of growing a business. The stories are manifold of entrepreneurs and small business owners becoming both frustrated and discouraged by the amount of time it takes to secure capital, the rejections they endure, and the lack of progress checkpoints over the course of the fundraising process.
So how can an entrepreneur level the playing field, mitigate the balance of power and accelerate the fundraising process? “The Entrepreneurs Club – Raising Capital” on March 6 will help guide you onwards in your business venture. Speakers will talk about getting off on the right foot, introduce various financing sources available in the New York region, discussing the pros and cons of crowdsourcing, venture funds, bank loans and private equity, based on their expertise and experience. Experienced and succesful entrepreneurs will also join the panel to share their personal experiences. Even good ideas need funds.
Frederick Johansson, President & General Manager, SEB New York
Frederick Johansson is the President & General Manager of SEB in New York. He has 20 years of experience in the financial industry, including 14 years of Private Equity/Venture Capital. Prior to his current assignment, he was Global Head of SEB Venture Capital, the captive Venture Capital business of SEB, based in Stockholm, Sweden. During the past three years he has also served as the Chairman of the Swedish Private Equity and Venture Capital Association and is since August, 2012, Chairman of SACC New York.
Richard F. Langan, Jr., Partner, Nixon Peabody
Richard Langan is a partner with Nixon Peabody. He handles domestic and cross-border corporate transactions, including friendly and contested public and privately negotiated acquisitions, divestitures, strategic alliances, joint ventures and private equity transactions. His clients include strategic players, private equity funds and sponsors, and management teams. He previously served as the Managing Partner and Chief Executive Officer of Nixon Peabody LLP and is a board member of SACC New York.
Björn G. Sao, Chairman, Expand Media Group
Björn G. Sao is Chairman of Expand Media Group. He started the U.S. business twelve years ago and after seven years, together with a partner, he made a bank financed management buyout of the entire group. Mr. Sao has done multiple real estate workouts in the U.S. for Swedish financial institutions and private investors, and arranged various types of credit facilities in the process. He has also worked both as a consultant and partner in start-up companies, as well as worked on various licensing and distributions deals.
Håkan Swahn, President & Founder, Aquavit
Håkan Swahn is the Founder and Owner of New York’s premier Swedish restaurant Aquavit. Mr. Swahn opened the restaurant in 1987 and recently celebrated a quarter-century of success as Aquavit became the first Nordic restaurant outside the Nordic region to receive a Michelin star. Håkan Swahn is also a board member of SACC New York.
Moderator: Amy Drysdale, Senior Business Development Manager, Nixon Peabody
Amy Drysdale is a Senior Business Development Manager at Nixon Peabody LLP, where she focuses on growing the firm’s middle market M&A and private equity practices nationally. Prior to Nixon Peabody, Amy Drysdale spent ten years working with strategic marketing and business development, and is currently on the Women’s Executive Committee for the New England chapter of ACG (the Association for Corporate Growth), the premier networking organization for professionals involved in the investment community.
Date: March 6, 2013
Time: 6.00 - 9.00 pm
Location: Nixon Peabody LLP, 437 Madison Avenue (between 49th & 50th)
Fee: $30 to be paid by check or any major credit card prior to event.
RSVP: No later than March 4, 2013. Please note that no cancellations are accepted after noon March 4, 2013. Tel: +1 212 838 5530, Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2013 Entrepreneurs Club series is generously sponsored by Nixon Peabody LLP
When & Where
SACC New York
The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce, Inc.