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Ways to Win Over Investors for Your Startup

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Join us for a virtual night of networking and learning from an all-star panel. The event will be in this format.

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6:30 - 6:45 pm EDT: Introduction and Networking

6:45 - 7:45 pm EDT: Panel Discussion & Audience Q&A

7:45 - 8:00 pm EDT: Networking

Panelists:

1. Kevin Simmons - Venture Partner at LoftyInc Capital Management

Kevin Simmons is a technology investor and strategic advisor to technology startups. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, with service at the United States Military Academy at West Point, he excels at leadership and team dynamics in high-stress environments.

He is a former project manager for global oil giant Chevron where he managed complex engineering and construction projects in 6 countries and his work has been featured in the leading industry publication Offshore. He holds advanced management and business degrees from Stanford University, Rice University, and the University of Oxford. He has helped launch four technology startups, including UK award-winning Aceleron where he was the Chief Finance and Operations Officer, intelligent vehicle charging venture Electric Miles, and notable US-based Innclusive which was featured in The Fast Company; The Washington Post; and Forbes.

He is an experienced angel and venture capital investor with over 65 personal investments into US, UK, African, and Latin American technology ventures. He was a founding member of the Valhalla Investment Group, and the Afroprenuer Angels Group, and is now a Venture Partner with pan-African VC leader LoftyInc Capital Management which has invested in over 100 technology companies including Africa’s 1st unicorn, Flutterwave. Kevin manages the deal flow pipeline from sourcing to investment committee stages. Kevin writes and gives classes on pitching, raising capital, and navigating startup challenges to accelerators and incubators in Canada and the UK.

2. Xan Hong - Entrepreneur and Scout for Million Labs

Xan Hong received his Bachelor’s in Biology from the University of Pennsylvania where he competed on the Varsity Men’s Track team for four years. He later also received his Master’s in Education from the University of Pennsylvania during which he served as a student teacher and volunteer track & field coach at a University High School in West Philadelphia. He has since served as an adjunct professor in Entrepreneurial Finance at Lincoln University.  He still regularly volunteers his time mentoring and speaking to youth from inner city schools and other young entrepreneurs. 

Xan has been an entrepreneur for over 15 years in a variety of industries including real estate development, food and beverage, e-commerce, insurance and financial services, marketing communications, and technology.  During this time, his companies have grossed over $10 million in revenue.  His expertise is in marketing strategy, digital marketing, and sales. 

Currently, Xan is the CEO and Founder of ONTrac, a technology company that empowers individuals to reach their potential by simplifying the process of achieving their life goals. They are currently beta testing and will be launching a live version later this year.  He also is an investor and principal in an independent insurance agency and owns an e-commerce business. In addition to his role as a startup founder, Xan also serves as a venture scout for Million Labs, a firm out of the United Kingdom that invests in early-stage founders to help them get their minimal viable product (MVP) to market).  

Xan lives in Middletown, Delaware with his wife and 8-year-old daughter. He was the former President of the University of Pennsylvania Alumni Society of Delaware.

3. Dina Saoudi - Entrepreneur & Investor

4. Christian Watts - Founder and CEO at Magpie Travel

Christian is the founder and CEO of Magpie Travel, a SaaS company focused on content management for the tours and activities sector.

He brought the first Hop On Hop Off sightseeing service to San Francisco, under the City Sightseeing brand.

During the last 20 years in the Tours & Activities industry, with 150 distributor contracts, as well as Travel Agents, Concierges and Affiliates, he learnt that the industry needed a better way to manage content and increase distribution. The entire industry operates via a handful of inefficient extranets, and a few billion emails each year with Word, Excel, and PDF attachments, along with some Dropbox links.

He started Magpie to solve these problems, and help companies manage their content, and increase sales via broader and more efficient distribution.

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