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Join your peers to interact with successful entrepreneurs during a full day of highly relevant, interactive classes on perfecting your fundraising pitch.  Find answers to gnawing questions, such as: obtaining funds to grow; preparing mentally and financially to be an entrepreneur; using debt/equity funding properly; negotiating term sheets; making winning presentations; sourcing foreign direct investments and other areas of international trade; developing an exit strategy; utilizing your resources; managing your accounting and reporting. 

AVF ACADEMY
 July 11, 2012
7:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Jones Day Conference Center 
51 Louisiana Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC 20001

7:30 AM

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Registration & Networking

8:00 AM

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Welcome & Opening Remarks

8:15 AM

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Session #1 

"How to Mentally and Financially Prepare to be an Entrepreneur"
 
  
Taking money from someone else is a big responsibility. Is you or your company ready to do it? And do you understand what it means? Can you afford the entrepreneurial path? This session will help entrepreneurs understand their eccentricity and the eccentricity of the investors who invest in them. Specially, "The CEO Factor" is one in a series of 7 talks by Doug Humphrey, which addresses the many roles or “managerial” jobs of the CEO. This particular lesson addresses the specific challenges of dealing with really brilliant contributors. They are sometimes critical to the success of the company, often they are founders. They have "the flame" that is vital to the company, but they can require special handling and consideration in order to maximize their contribution, and the success of the company.

9:30 AM

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Session #2
 
"Is an Investor What You Really Need? The Proper Use of Debt & Equity and the Value of Good Financials" 
 

The potential for finding equity investment for your company is an extremely high hurdle. There may be a much easier way to access capital and have just as desirable affect in terms of your company growth. This course will explore the various types of "investments" that companies can obtain and how your financials, not you, determine what makes most sense. It will also provide you with valuable insight on the affect of dilutive vs non-dilutive capital on the growth of your venture and the amount of ownership you retain.

10:45 AM

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Session #3

“Being Resourceful - Using Your Board and Your Investors, Incubators, and All of Your Connections, Resources and Opportunities That Are At Your Doorstep”

Instructors:

12:00 - 1:00 PM

Lunch and Networking
Lunch served on the Terrace
Desert served downstairs 

1:00 PM 
(DOWNSTAIRS ROOM) 

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Session #4 "Winning Presentations"
There are different types of presentations for different audiences. Knowing how to communicate your presentation effectively on all levels ranging from the verbal presentation to the written presentation is vital.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION

1:15 PM

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Session #5
"You are Offered a Term Sheet...Now What? Term Sheet Basics and the strategy & Tactics for investor follow-up" 
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Terms like pre-money valuation, warrants, vesting, drag-along rights, liquidation preference and more can be mind-numbing. This course defines key terms often seen in a term sheet and outlines some of the common pitfalls for entrepreneurs when negotiating a term sheet with angel investors. And, it will address the issue of choosing the right investor and lawyer in the first place to do the right deal"

DOWNLOAD THE POWERPOINT PRESENTATION HERE

2:30 PM

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Session #6   Open Mic - Company Pitch Session  
DOLPHIN Tank™ WITH SPRINGBOARD ENTERPRISES - CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

* Pitching your company at DolphinTank is FREE.  However, you must register to attend the Academy first to be eligible. Once you register for the Academy you will be provided with details on where to submit your entry to pitch at DolphinTank and for future AVF Programming. 

List of panelists who will be available for comment on each of the presentations:

Ric Fleisher, Serial Entrepreneur 

J.S. Gamble Blu Venture Investors 

Valerie Gaydos, Capital Growth, Inc. 

Letitia Green, Virginia Active Angels

Joshua Konowe, Uppidy 

Doug Humphrey, Serial Entreprenuer/Joss Heavy Industries

Jason Shrensky, Dingman Center Angels

Jill Stelfox, Founder Institute

Rita Sallam, Gartner

Entrepreneurship is not a spectator sport. In this interactive pitch-session you'll learn the art of the elevator pitch and how to clearly articulate your idea or business opportunity to get results. By getting you on your feet and in front of the room you'll get 360° constructive feedback on both elements - delivery style and clarity of content - to increase your success in making a winning first impression that opens the door to new opportunities. Who will pitch? Entrepreneur Attendees with businesses and bright ideas.  Why?  To use what you learned throughout the day and to get actionable insights and friendly feedback they can use right away! What is the format? Each selected participant will deliver a two-minute elevator pitch, followed by interactive feedback from the audience and expert panel. 


 

4:00 pm

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AVF Entrepreneurship Academy Registration Fee - $169 (reduce your fee by applying to the AVF under the Early Bird Application below)

  • One ticket to the July 11 Entrepreneurship Academy in Washington DC.
  • Includes continental breakfast, lunch and cocktail reception on July 11
Sponsors:  Free
Investors:  Free if registered by June 30
Non Sponsor Service Providers:  $  500 
 

Early Bird Entrepreneur Application PLUS AVF Academy Registration Fee $150

  • Apply before July 10 and attend the Entreprenuership Academy on July 11 for FREE
  • Covers basic application fee to submit your business proposal for review by Angel Forum members
  • Includes continental breakfast, lunch and cocktail reception on July 11
  • Covers basic application fee to AVF (Entrepreneur may start the application process at any time but must be completed by August 1).
  • Entitles applicant submission to be reviewed by the AVF FORUM of active angel investors.
  • Provides a chance for the applicant, if selected by AVF as a semi-finalist, to make a live presentationfor Freebefore the AVF investors on September 26.     
  • Includes lunch on September 26, if selected as a semi-finalist. 
  • Admission, if selected as a finalist by AVF, to enter the AVF Entreprneurship Graduate Program* to be groomed for AVF on October 30
  • Free Admission to the Entrepreneurship Academy on July 11 - if application started by July 11
  • NOTE: In order to qualify for the Early Bird application rate, you must start your application prior to check-in on July 11. Any registrants without an application will be required to pay the standard AVF Academy rate of $169.
* Under application options, if your submitted company is selected by AVF investors, applicant agrees to make a live presentation before AVF investors on September 26 at no additional charge. Furthermore, by applying, you agree that if your company is accepted into the AVF program as a result of a favorable view of your live presentation, you agree to enroll in the AVF Entrepreneurship Graduate Program for an additional cost of $1,500.  Please see website for details.  Also, please note that you will receive direct feedback on your application only if you get selected as a semi-finalist or finalist or by request.

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