Have a great idea and want to pursue it?
Want to bounce it off experienced Keiretsu (angel) investors?
Want to obtain advice on whether or how to proceed?
This event will focus on showcasing start-up business ideas from Saint Mary's College Graduate Business students and alumni.
- Presenters completed an application and emailed it to Professor Berna Aksu.
- Presenters will pitch their ideas at the competition (2 minute pitch - 4 minute Q&A - 4 minute feedback)
- Presenters will receive feedback by a panel of Keiretsu Forum investors and partners. (Note: you don't have to be funded, in revenue, or even be incorporated - you just need to have a good idea!).
Northwestern Mutual 1st Place- $2,500, 3 hours of “partner time” with Hanson Bridgett valued at $1,575 and the coveted opportunity to present at an upcoming Angel Capital Expo - a Keiretsu Forum premier gathering of the angel capital community.
Northwestern Mutual 1st Runner-up - $1,000
Northwestern Mutual 2nd Runner-up - $500
**Please note the registration period has closed and presenters have been selected**
For accepted presenters, coaching in communication, strategy, and finance will be available on Friday, March 1, 2013 from 12-4p.m. in the East Conference Room at Rheem.
5:30pm Registration and Networking
6:00pm Welcome and Panel Introduction
6:15pm First Set of Pre-Registered Pitches
7:30pm Second Set of Pre-Registered Pitches
8:30pm Award Announcement and Networking
Appetizers and drinks will be served.
This is a business casual event. Please come in appropriate attire.
Want to observe the business pitches? The more the merrier!
Free for Saint Mary's College current students and Keiretsu Forum members
$10 for Saint Mary's College alumni before March 1, 2013; after March 1, 2013 the price increases to $20
$15 for Saint Mary's College friends/community; after March 1, 2013 the price increases to $25
Don't wait, register now:
This is a Saint Mary's College Graduate Business
event in partnership with the Keiretsu Forum.
PANEL OF JUDGES
Eric Clarke is currently a partner at HansonBridgett and a Technology and Licensing Committee Member at the Keiretsu Forum. He has a JD from the University of the Pacific and a BA from St. Mary’s College. Eric specializes in corporate, finance and general business law. He counsels public and private companies in all aspects of corporate law including formations, intellectual property, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and shareholder disputes.
Shirley Gee is a retiree of the Executive University Officer and Department Head at Stanford University’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, a multi-purpose laboratory for astrophysics, photon science, accelerator and particle physics research (recent retiree). She is an active investor with Keiretsu Forum and strategic consultant to start-ups in life science, technology, and service sectors. Due Diligence Lead in technology-related and life science products. Shirley serves as a consultant for and top/down reviewer of start-ups in preparation for funding rounds (e.g., review of management team, financial structure, sales and marketing, valuation of company, term sheets, and investor negotiations) and sourcing for funding of start-ups via angel investors and venture capitalists. Shirley enjoys participating as a panelist and guest lecturer on due diligence process, capitalizing start-ups, exit strategies and technology transfer.
She has extensive experience and background in strategic business planning, operational assessment, intellectual capital alignment, conflict resolution and mediation, human resource management, financial management, sustainability, governmental and regulatory compliance, and pre-litigation investigations (Chief Executive and Operating Officer equivalent). Shirley is a serial entrepreneur (real estate and multi-residential development, retail and service businesses)and expert in public policy development and regulatory compliance at the local, state, and federal level with considerable experience as a principle in social, economic, judicial, and political initiatives. Shirley earned her BA in Business Management and MBA from St. Mary’s College, Moraga, California.
Dan S. Miller, MBA, PMP, Series 7&63
Dan Miller is currently the CIO with Cloud-Mobile-Social, a specialty investment firm that brings together inventors and experts to guide strategic outcomes. As a serial entrepreneur Dan has served as co-founder & C-level executive in the successful growth and exit of several ventures including ICA, Vivagy, MDC Corp., and MTM. Dan also volunteers as a counselor and webmaster for East Bay Score, an organization of successful business entrepreneurs and industry executives who volunteer and mentor local businesses at no cost – from start-up to success. Dan is a graduate of Saint Mary's MBA program and has his PMP, Series 7 and Series 63 certifications.
Paul Twombly is a serial entrepreneur and high tech veteran with over 40 years of experience in telecommunications, software, CRM and computer networking. He began his career in the telecommunications industry in the late 1960’s, started his own highly successful communications engineering company in the mid-1970’s, held management and executive positions with ROLM Corporation, IBM, WarpSpeed Communications, NICE Systems and Foundry Networks.
He’s currently a General Partner with XF Ventures where he is actively involved in advising and investing in seed and early stage companies. In addition he is an active member in several preeminent angel groups including the Keiretsu Forum, the Band of Angels and The Angels Forum.
Steve Vigar is currently Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Pacific States Environmental Contractors. Based in Dublin, California Pacific States Environmental Contractors provides a wide range of environmental services in the industrial, commercial, state and federal markets. We are also currently engaged in sustainable projects that include waste to energy systems in the western U.S. California Pacific States Environmental Contractors most recent market entry is with the DOD (Department of Defense) and SDVSB (Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business) where they help create value for veterans that are building business in fields where we have expertise. Steve is an active member of the Keiretsu Forum serving as Director of Global Brands from 2012-2013. He also has real estate consulting, management/training, and a sales professional background.
Randy Williams is founder & CEO of Keiretsu Forum. Keiretsu Forum was founded in September 2000 in the San Francisco Bay Area with the vision to create a disciplined and structured approach to angel investing. With over 850 members in 23 chapters on three continents, Keiretsu Forum has become the largest angel investment community in the world.
Randy's passion for investing and bringing together like-minded community leaders has created a powerful and giving environment for entrepreneurs. Since its inception, Keiretsu Forum members have invested over $300m in 350 companies in technology, consumer, real estate, life sciences and other sectors of the economy with high growth opportunity.
Randy’s personal belief in giving back to the community is infused in the Keiretsu Forum operating philosophy. The Keiretsu Forum Charitable Foundation, established in 2001, has donated sizable donations to 111 deserving charities and community organizations. Another focus of Keiretsu Forum is providing mentoring and resources to the entrepreneurial community. Randy is a also co-founder of the "Ahead of the Fashion", an accelerator program for technology start-ups in the consumer, fashion, and retail industries.
About Keiretsu Forum
Keiretsu Forum is the world’s largest angel investor network with 850 accredited investor members throughout twenty one chapters on three continents. Since Keiretsu Forum’s founding in 2000, its members have invested over $260m in companies in technology, consumer products, healthcare/life sciences, real estate and other segments with high growth potential. Forum members collaborate in the due diligence, but make individual investment decisions, with rounds in the range of $250k-$2m. Keiretsu Forum's community is strengthened through education on angel investing, as well as charitable giving. Forum members have donated over $1m to over 100 non-profit organizations.
About Saint Mary's College Graduate Business
Founded in 1863, Saint Mary’s College of California is a cornerstone institution of the San Francisco bay area. After nearly 150 years, with a network of more than 40,000 alumni worldwide, Saint Mary’s tradition of educational excellence is stronger than ever. Saint Mary's Graduate Business Programs are grounded in this same rich history and tradition of excellence. With a focus on global perspective and responsible business, all of our five distinct graduate business degree programs are designed for working professionals who seek the knowledge and skills needed to accelerate their careers. Small class sizes facilitate collaboration, accessibility, and engaging discussions with our distinguished faculty, and an interactive learning environment focused on practical business knowledge, serves to provide our students with the maximum return on their investment.
Questions about the event? Interested in sponsorship opportunities? Contact Dr. Berna Aksu