ELab Alum events are back!
To continue to support graduates' business development and networking efforts ELabNYC works with the Alum Planning Committee to develop opportunities to learn from and interact with other alums, as well as potential mentors, investors and professional advisors. To this end, it has sponsored various alumni events in the past, such as the interview by Bob Silverman/Roche with Tom Brennan/Arch last December and a panel discussion last September with John Pennett/Eisner, Donna See/Allied Minds, Blake Stevens/Harris and Harris and Mikail Kamal/Jibon Elab 2014.
This year, we are planning a series of five events under the title “ONE IS THE LONELIEST NUMBER”, addressing “team building” as a necessary part of growing your business and attracting investors. Each of the first four sessions will take place at the offices of Pryor Cashman LLP and will have the following format:
5:30 – 6:00 pm: Food, wine and schmoozing
6:00 – 7:00 pm: Program
7:00 – 7:30 pm: Q&A
7:30 – 8:00 pm: More schmoozing
Here’s a brief description of the second session: we look forward to seeing you soon! Please sign up now. The room is limited to 75 participants.
April 19 2017: “I Only Married Him/Her for the Money: Considering an Investor as a Partner”
It’s possible that you won’t have any choices when it comes to taking in investment, because there’s only one investor willing to take a chance on your company. But it’s also possible that your company will be attractive to several potential investors. How do you evaluate your options? If the money is just as green, how do you distinguish one investor from another. A panel of investors and entrepreneurs will talk about how to determine if the investor relationship will be constructive, how to do due diligence on an investor, how to manage expectations of investors, how to decide if the investor wants to be the boss or a partner and what questions to ask to get a sense of whether the post-investment relationship is likely to add to the company’s strengths or just to its balance sheet.