Explore how an idea becomes a validated business concept.
By Darlene Crane (Executive Director, Alliance for Community Development)

Women have many more opportunities to pitch their ventures, thanks to Women 2.0. Based on conversations with women CEOs, investors, and supporters of women entrepreneurs, more is needed to get through successful deal negotiations and grow a business. To fill this gap, I have added CEO Forums to our Bay Area Capital Connections program with smaller groups and higher engagement.

We want to do our part to get more entrepreneurs into signed deals, and are kicking off these CEO Forums on March 22. Sign up for all four forums for only $25 by March 22 here.

The first forum is “Creating a Valuable Business Concept”, exploring how an idea becomes a validated business concept that will stand up through development, and how to avoid disasters.

Join us for these four interactive forums in a small group setting with emerging CEOs, investors and leadership team members and experienced entrepreneurs. Make your business venture more fundable and be better prepared for negotiations and working with investors. CEO Forum topics include:

  • Creating a Valuable Business Concept (March 22) – Matt Lombardi (CEO, Hear it Local), Joyce Reitman (Serial Entrepreneur) and Tim Haggerty (Consultant, Marketing Research & Branding) as moderator.
  • Developing and Launching Products (March 29) – Michelle Fisher (CEO, Blazemobile), Hal Brody (Investor, Golden Seeds) and Peter Imburg (CEO, Elfster).
  • Shaping the Business/Financial Model (April 5) – Frank Tsai (CFO, BlazeMobile)
  • Structuring the Return to Investors and Negotiating Terms (April 12) – Geoff Roach (Fellow, Angel Forum)

These events will take place at the Community Bank of the Bay in Oakland, CA from 5:30pm to 7pm. Registration is $25 for all four forums, or $10 for an individual forum. Light snacks are served. The Alliance for Community Development is a nonprofit 501(c) (3) organization with the mission of increasing access to capital for companies with diverse leadership – minority, women, low and moderate income, and disabled veterans.

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