Monday, October 18, 2021
Raising capital during any time can be rough, but your first round during the pandemic? Ron Fabela, cofounder of SynSaber, dives into the lessons learned from successfully raising a seed round during COVID.
In this session we will cover: investor accredidation, what kinds of companies to look for, and risk vs. returns (i.e. what to expect).
Who should attend? - Those interested in becoming angel investors - People interested in technology and investing - Founders who want perspective on "the other side of the table"
Wefunder and Capacity Capital are partnering to host a conversation about new avenues to access and raise capital for businesses of all types.
The most important driver of economic growth in Chattanooga is home-grown entrepreneurship. Regulation crowdfunding and other alternative capital tools can help make sure that our community can invest in the founders they care about supporting most.
Tuesday, October 19, 2021
Need funding to start or sustain your business? Join us to hear from a panel of local funding providers. You will hear from these organizations about their specific programs (eligibility, requirements, terms, etc.) and will also be able to ask questions. Panelists include:
Audra Kelly, Southeast TN Development District
Gary Moore, BrightBridge
Katie Hendrix, Pathway
Kimberly Narramore, City of Chattanooga
Lya Kimbrough, Kiva
Marcus Johnson, TVFCU
The panel will be moderated by Lynn Chesnutt from TSBDC.
Join us for a panel discussion with local business women about financials, minimum viable product development, customer retention, team development, and more.
- Lauren Mindermann, founder of Lolo Bar, and journey of entering the CBD industry
- Porsche Torregano, TN&GA realtor, assisting owners maneuver in the brick and mortar decision-making
- Alicia Moore (Business Relations) from First Volunteer Bank
Join ArtsBuild as they share tips on applying for their grant funding and share information about applying for arts based grant funding more generally.
Your pitch is your movie trailer.
In this session we will cover:
- Slides & information investors expect to see
- Questions you SHOULD ask... and what you SHOULDN'T
- Adapting your pitch for any situation
Additionally, we will select companies from the audience to give 30 second, 1 minute and 2 minute elevator pitches - and receive live feedback from our panel.
The SBA Tennessee District Office will provide updates on recent changes to the EIDL loan and “grant” program and will take your questions. You must get your application submitted before December 31 2021 or before the funds run out. SBA Tennessee will also provide information on all SBA programs available to you for counseling, government contracting, and traditional lending.
Wednesday, October 20, 2021
Through a federal competitive awards-based program, the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs provide non-dilutive funding to small businesses conducting research and development. Join us to learn how SBIR/STTR may fit into your company’s larger commercialization strategy, how to increase the quality of your proposal, and how the Launch Tennessee SBIR/STTR Matching Fund is supporting startup growth across the state.
Breakfast & coffee provided.
Speaker bio: Jim Stefansic is the Director of Corporate Development at Cumberland Emerging Technologies (CET). His responsibilities include sourcing, evaluating, and negotiating for new biopharmaceutical product and technology opportunities especially with academic institutions, in addition to project fundraising and product commercialization.
Dr. Stefansic was previously COO of Pathfinder Therapeutics, Inc., a company he co-founded, where he led FDA regulatory submissions and business development activities. While there, he raised more than $17 million in venture capital and Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) funding. He also previously served as the Director of Commercialization at Launch Tennessee, where he was instrumental in leading the acquisition of funding to develop and support the statewide SBIR program. He earned an undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering from Johns Hopkins University, a doctorate from Vanderbilt, and his MBA from Belmont University's Jack C. Massey Graduate School of Business, where he currently serves as an Adjunct Professor of Business and was named the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year in 2011. Dr. Stefansic started his career as a Research Assistant Professor at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and has patented several technologies. He also serves as a Director at Raiven Healthcare, a company he co-founded.
Hosted by Pathway Lending, join us an in-depth conversation with a serial entrepreneur, lender, and a local business owner. Our panel will address topics ranging from what is an entrepreneur, market research (is my idea worth pursuing), how to set up a business, and accessing capital. This will be an open conversation with Q&A at the end. We look forward to having you join us!
Thursday, October 21, 2021
This session will teach business owners how to set up for receiving and how to apply for business grants regardless of their business models.