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Seminar Prepares Entrepreneurs for Venture Capital


Raising funding for a venture is challenging. Raising equity capital has particular challenges including legal and operational considerations that many entrepreneurs seeking investors may not be aware. Becoming an Investor-Ready Entrepreneur provides an insider's look into the world of equity funding. The training is designed to educate and prepare growth-oriented entrepreneurs to successfully engage private investors. This all-day program offered by the Small Business & Technology Development Center (SBTDC) returns to Asheville on July 8th at the Western Carolina University Biltmore Park campus. The event includes a panel of angel investors and serial entrepreneurs who share their experience on both sides of the equity funding relationship. Participants also learn how to make a venture attractive to investors, key metrics venture capitalists use to evaluate a project and the typical process followed during the due diligence phase. Crowdfunding as an alternative source of funding will be addressed during a keynote address by local entrepreneur Justin Belleme with JB Media Group. Registration is $295 and includes lunch.

“Entrepreneurs can cut the time involved in exploring and obtaining equity capital substantially with the right information and guidance. Reducing the barriers to funding and increasing the changes of obtaining funding is key to economic growth in our region.” said Wendy Cagle, Regional Director of the SBTDC at WCU.

This engaging program last came to Asheville in 2012 and sold out quickly. To reserve a seat, visit www.sbtdc.org/InvestorReady. Becoming an Investor-Ready Entrepreneur is sponsored by UNC Asheville Family Business Forum, JB Media Group, McQuire, Wood & Bissette, P.A., the Inception Micro Angel Fund, and the Center for Entrepreneurship, and Innovation at Western Carolina University.

Since 1984, the SBTDC has advised and trained small to mid-size businesses and would-be entrepreneurs to support the economic growth of North Carolina. The SBTDC is administered by NC State University on behalf of the University of North Carolina System and is operated in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration.


For more information contact:

Wendy Cagle, Regional Director

Small Business & Technology Development Center at Western Carolina University

Cullowhee, NC

(828) 227-3441

wcagle@sbtdc.org