Assessing the Opportunity Seminar

So you say you’re an entrepreneur?  Now that you’ve convinced yourself that your venture will be viable, how do you go about convincing others?  And how do you avoid the many hidden mines that could stop you from polishing your gem? On Tuesday, March 9, 2010, the Mid-Island Science, Technology & Innovation Council (MISTIC) is hosting a New Ventures BC seminar titled Assessing the Opportunity. This interactive event will review the basics of putting together an elevator pitch or business opportunity statement and will delve deeper into how to better understand investor math, appropriate capital structures, industry standard investor materials and terms, investor expectations for go-to-market strategies, and how to put together a capital plan. As an added bonus, participants will walk through a step-by-step guide on how to put their best foot forward and advance their corporate development.

The keynote speaker will be Bob de Wit, an investor, mentor, director, and consultant to growth-stage technology companies. Bob expresses his passion for entrepreneurship as executive director of New Ventures BC, as director of GreenAngel Energy Corp, and as an active member of the VANTEC angel network and the WUTIF angel fund. Annually, he mentors or reviews the best of the new technology ventures coming out of British Columbia. As a frequent speaker on entrepreneurship, de Wit shares his executive experience in corporate development, corporate finance, and competitive market intelligence with audiences ranging from entrepreneurial CEOs to angel investors and graduate students. Bob has built his fifteen year career around starting or nurturing technology start-ups. In addition to working for companies, he has worked with university faculty members to develop effective technology commercialization strategies.

Registration and networking at the March 9 event will be from 9 to 9:30 am and the seminar will run 9:30 am to noon. The cost is $10 per person and includes morning refreshments and a snack. To pre-register for Assessing the Opportunity contact Chelsea at the MISTIC office at tel. 250-753-8324. For more details, visit