Are Your Numbers READY for Investors?

Preparing to Face Investors and Predicting the Outcome of Asks with Jackie Roberts of SparkLabs Frontier-ASU

Jackie Roberts is the Executive Director for SparkLabs Frontier-ASU. For over ten years, Jackie has helped organizations expand in the valley during hyper-growth times and in various leadership roles. She joined SparkLabs Group in 2019 to lead the SparkLabs Frontier-ASU accelerator program in partnership with ASU entrepreneurship and innovation. 

Jackie has been responsible for several brand market and office launches within the startup space, with the most notable being Booker Software and DoubleDutch. 

With a passion for supporting local entrepreneurship, Jackie is committed to...

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Finding Fit Before Asking with Leart Zogjani of Symbolt.io

Leart Zogjani is a talented graphic designer, teacher, and serial entrepreneur. He's worked in design since the age of 14 and first had his work published worldwide when he was only 17. Leart's first startup was an open-world game for iOS, which won second place out of 118 companies at Techstars Global Startup Battle. 

He then founded Skins Agency, a brand strategy and development agency that specializes in global brands and successful investment pitches. Leart's latest venture, Symbolt, is a creative design space for marketing teams that struggle with lengthy document revisions,...

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What to Expect When You Go After Seed Round Funding with Geralyn Breig of AnytownUSA.com

Geralyn BreigGeralyn Breig is the Founder and CEO of AnytownUSA.com, the first eCommerce marketplace for American-made goods which she launched in 2018. She's also the host of the American Made Marketplace podcast. 

Before founding AnytownUSA, Geralyn ran operations for Fortune 500 companies, specializing in leading consumer products and specialty retail brands. She also previously served as President of Clarks Americas, a $1 billion division of the global footwear company. 

Geralyn has a leadership style that has helped many iconic brands to excel, having previously been the President of Avon...

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How to Get an Offer You Can’t Refuse with Mark Moeremans

Mark Moeremans is the Senior Vice President for Entrepreneurship and Venture Development at the Arizona Commerce Authority, a public-private agency focused on economic development across Arizona. 

In this role, Mark runs the Arizona Innovation Challenge, one of the largest pitch competitions in the country, as well as the Venture Ready Accelerator Program. He has long been interested in the intersection of the private-public and social sectors, and throughout his career, he has looked at entrepreneurship, technology and business as a way to drive economic development. 

Mark has...

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The Groundwork to do Before You Make a Scary Ask with Andrea Guthrie of Gyde & Seek

Andrea Guthrie is the co-founder of Gyde & Seek, a disruptive travel tech startup connecting discerning travelers with rigorously vetted guides and specialists in 20 global destinations across four continents. Andrea is also a board member of Shoe Carnival, a $1 billion footwear retailer, and she is also the Chairman of the Board of Panda Labs in Park City, Utah. 

Previously, Andrea was Senior Vice President of Strategic New Businesses at Claire's Stores, and a Principal at Boston Consulting Group where she focused on the retail consumer and travel industries. Andrea has lived on...

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Cameron Herold of COO Alliance: Raising Funds With the Right Money

Cameron Herold is the Founder of COO Alliance, where he masterminds growth that helps his clients double both revenues and profits in three years or less. He is a serial entrepreneur, speaker, and author, and he’s also known as the CEO Whisperer. By the age of 35, Cameron had already built two $100 million companies, including 1800-GOT-JUNK. 

Cameron is a top-rated international speaker and the best selling author of Double Double: How to Double Your Revenue and Profit in 3 Years or Less and Meetings Suck: Turning One of The Most Loathed Elements of Business into One of the Most...

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Gloria Chou of Gloria Chou PR: How to Leverage PR to Grow Your Startup

Gloria Chou is a US Diplomat turned PR guru. She is the master of the cold call, creator of the first PR-in-a-box solution for early-stage founders called the PR Starter Pack, and she is a pitching guru to startups. Her mission is to help early-stage founders get featured in top tier outlets and gain recognition as industry leaders without having to buy into the agency model of doing things.  

 

 

Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn

  • Speed round with Gloria Chou
  • Gloria shares her biggest and scariest ask 
  • What founders need to know to get the most from...
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Ben Chiarelli of Cellibre: How to Keep Asking Until You Get a Yes

Ben Chiarelli is the co-founder and CEO of Cellibre. Cellibre is a cellular agriculture company that employs an organism-agnostic approach to turn cells into specialized, sustainable factories for the manufacture of globally significant products at scale. He is also the Founder, and Managing Partner of Divitempus Ventures, a venture capital and private equity firm that’s focused on investing time to create value. 

Ben has held roles at Synthetic Genomics, Millennium Health, and spent nearly a decade with JP Morgan's Healthcare Investment Banking Group where he executed over $20...

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Kimmy Paluch of Beta Boom: Reframing Your Mindset for an Effective Ask

Kimmy Paluch is the managing partner of Beta Boom, a pre-seed fund that invests in founders who've been overlooked due to gender, race, or background. Beta Boom uses an academy approach that provides an intense hands-on apprenticeship structure focused on developing the founders, not just the businesses. The majority of Beta Boom’s investments are in companies based in rising U.S tech hubs like Salt Lake City, Chicago, and the Midwest as they seek to change the patterns of old venture capital and close the access gaps that founders in those regions face. 

Before joining Beta...

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Eric Miller of PADT Inc.: Navigating the Founder-Investor’s Journey

Eric MillerEric Miller is the Principal and Co-Owner of Tempe-based PADT Inc., which provides tools and services to companies that design and manufacture physical products. He's the Chairman of The Arizona Technology Council, Member, Board of Directors of the BioAccel. He is also on the screening committee of Arizona Technology Investors where he's also an active angel investor on behalf of PADT Inc. He also regularly contributes to the Phoenix Business Journal and hosts the All Things ANSYS podcast. 

Eric holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and has...

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