Next Southeast Private Equity Conference will take place on April 14-15th,
2009. Last year SPEC presented "one-of-a-kind" private investment opportunities and
was an ideal setting for new business development, exchange of ideas,
creation of deal flow, location of capital sources and ultra high-end
networking. Business visionaries, angel investors, venture capitalists,
investment professionals, money managers, early and emerging growth
companies came together with the exhibition area, company presentations,
featured speakers and top industry expert educational break-out sessions.
forty-four exhibitors and twenty-two of the most promising emerging growth
What attendees say about SPEC? SPEC
Recommends NBAI Private Equity Investor Forum.
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Next Events for 2009: Feb 11th, May 13th, Jun 10th, Aug 12th, Sep 9th, Oct 14th, Nov 11th, Dec 9th
All pre-registered attendees will receive "sneak peak" at the investor
profiles so you may review in advance. We intend to showcase up to 6
companies that are early stage or emerging growth companies. We work with a
variety of industries: technology, software, bio-med, services, and consumer
Who should attend?
Accredited Investors, Sophisticated Investors, Equity Acquirers, Investor
Representatives, Wealth Managers, Fund Managers, Institutional Funds
Representatives, Venture Capital Firms, Community Development Funds.
Who should apply to present?
Early Stage and Established Growth Companies seeking capital to expand
operations and sales and marketing. Companies must have good
management, validated business models and complete investor-ready.
What's Your Secret Sauce?
Associate Publisher / Editor
April 29, 2008
On Monday, I sat in on the pitching
workshop at the Southeastern Private Equity Conference currently held at 103
West in Buckhead. The seminar was specifically for entrepreneurs and small
business owners from around the region looking to sell their idea to private
equity, venture capital and angel bigwigs. The host was Karyn Rands, local
angel investing expert, and she gave some great points on the ways to
summarize a business model, vision and goals in 10 minutes or less.
Here are some tips I gathered from Karen and Co. on how to maximize your
10-minute pitch time to those with the deep pockets.
Anatomy of a 10-Minute Pitch
- What's the problem?
- What's your solution? > What's the
- Distinguish market size.
- Define your customers.
- Now focus on your business
- What's your business model?
- Define sales cycle.
- Who is your competition?
- Who are your partners?
- Who is your management?
- Who is your advisory board?
- Define financials (forecast five years
out, define market risk and explain top line and bottom line)
- What's the offer?
What are the typical mistakes of a formal pitch?
- This is not a product sales pitch.
- Figure out your secret sauce and give
them the sizzle.
- Use 36 point text or higher on
- Leave out what is in it for them.
- Must be better than the other options.
- Don't be too tense; just tell your
Interesting stuff here, and the
entrepreneurs here are wide ranging in age, industry and market. I'm looking
forward to hearing the actual pitches later today...
Three Times A Charm
Associate Publisher / Editor
May 19, 2008
In the past month, I've been able to attend
three different local events for the emerging entrepreneur and Atlanta
startup. All showcasing a variety of ideas, business models and pitches in
vastly different industries, these events represent three vastly different
ways to get your idea noticed - and potentially funded.
At the end of April,
I blogged about the Southeastern Private Equity Conference, and
witnessed nine-minute presentations, often by serial entrepreneurs looking
to make connections. And last Thursday, Georgia Tech's ATDC celebrated the
graduation of six companies of its companies, showcasing its history and
promoting the future of this startup machine. This great event saw more than
700 people by some estimations. (Click
here to learn more about Tech's ATDC and Venture Lab from a recent
And yesterday was no different. At Startup Riot, 55 companies - many of them
located here in Atlanta - regurgitated three-minute pitches to a sizable
crowd of venture capitalists, angel investors, fellow entrepreneurs and
curious onlookers. I met folks from both coasts – including New York and San
Francisco – who flew in just to see what Atlanta's future looks like in the
Catalyst was fortunate enough to be a sponsor of Startup Riot, and I thank
local serial entrepreneur and organizer of the event, for spending countless
hours getting this together (and his humorous vents on
Twitter). Yesterday really
showed to me and many others that Atlanta is a hotbed of ideas, talent and
As one well-respected veteran of local startups said last night, Atlanta may
have been the worst hit city in the country during the dot-com bust – more
so than the valley – and it's taken up until this last year to gain back the
The question now remains: Can these ideas get funded? I know a couple of
guys who are trying to make that happen. If you're on the invite list, I
strongly suggest you make it to
Capital Lounge on Wednesday night, put on by
and super nice guys Michael Blake and
Scott Burkett. If
you're an entrepreneur in Atlanta, these are the guys that can help you
grease your wheels. If you don't know them, you need to.
I know I sound like a broken record at times, but I really do love this
stuff, and I can't wait for Catalyst to dig a little deeper into some of
these business pitches I heard yesterday. Stay tuned...
What Attendees Wrote About SPEC
Congratulations again on a brilliant conference. -- Stephen Patrick
Congratulations on a superb job on SPEC -- great organization, many
interesting companies and an attendance that far exceeded my expectations.
-- Michael Horten
excellent conference! -- Mike B. Orr
Good open Bootstrapping Break-out Session. -- Chuck Carey
Informative Business Plan Break-out Session. -- Matt Donnelly
Good selection of panelists in the Valuation Tips & Techniques Break-out
Session. -- Ron Reardon
Enjoyed the talk in
Valuation Tips & Techniques Break-out Session. --Jorge Almirall
Good Valuation Tips & Techniques Break-out Session. -- Anonymous
Excellent panelist and insights on the Valuation Tips & Techniques Break-out
Session. -- Susan Nicholas, MD
Great knowledge; Great resources for the
Business Plan Break-out Session. -- Charles Wilkerson
Superb information in the
Plan Break-out Session.
-- Ron Reardon
information that can be shared from the Bootstrapping Break-out Session.
-- Randy Padilla