OPEN Forum at Santa Clara Convention Center
OPEN Forum lunch
Women Forum Keynote
When: Wednesday, Feb 25th, 6:30 PM - 9 PM
Where: PlugNPlay, Pinot Room, 440 N. Wolfe Rd, Sunnyvale, CA
Registration: Click here to register - Members $5; Non-Members $10 (Special Offer - Become a member of OPEN SV between now and before the session and pre-register for the session to get 1-1 mentorship from Naeem Zafar and Fahad Aziz. 1-1 sessions will be set up by appointments after the workshop. To become a member of OPEN SV, please click here. Limited seats available so become a member today)
This session will outline how to get your company funded. There will be an interactive discussion involving the audience on options that you have and how to approach investors? - This session will demystify the venture capitalists and angel investors and discuss options that are often ignored. Find out what they look for and how should you and your exciting new idea approach them. What steps must one go through to get funding? This session will answer all of these questions and prepare you for seeking the right funding from the right source at the right time.
- Knowing when you’re ready for investors
- Your funding options and how to raise money
- Understanding venture capitalists and angel investors
- Pitching to these investors
- What information are they looking for? Being prepared
Naeem co-founded and serves as the CEO of Adolene, an IoT startup. His last company, Bitzer Mobile was acquired by Oracle in 2013. Naeem also teaches entrepreneurship at the University of California Berkeley as well as the Brown University. He is a serial entrepreneur and has started or worked at six startups. He founded Startup-advisor.com to educate and mentor entrepreneurs with all aspects of starting and running a company. Naeem has published five books on entrepreneurship (www.NaeemZafar.com). Naeem served as the CEO of three companies and as a board member/advisor to 35 companies. He holds degrees from Brown University and the University of Minnesota in electrical engineering.
Fahad Aziz is the young entrepreneur who found his voice at OPEN SV with Caremerge. He has recently closed his Series B with Health Care related VCs like GE, and many others jumping on. Fahad is a recognized global IT leader with over 14 years of experience in delivering time-to-market technology solutions for Fortune 500 companies including Toyota, Stanley Black & Decker and Hartford Insurance. In his leadership, teams have built SAAS systems, mobile/web applications and communication platforms.
He has also taken ideas and business problems from drawing boards and shaped them into successful software solutions by employing simplicity and innovation in both, design and development. He has created new models in agile methodologies to improve the communication and coordination of multiple teams working together.
OPEN SV is pleased to bring LauchPad program to its third year for upcoming and experienced entrepreneurs alike. OPEN LaunchPad is designed to bridge the gap between the entrepreneurs and the potential investors. As an entrepreneur, you have got your pitch polished and the slide deck worked out; the next step is to get in front of the investors. Entrepreneurs need mentorship and the feedback. OPEN SV hosts these events to provide a platform to the entrepreneurs to pitch to the VCs and seed investors. Entrepreneurs, mentors/advisors and potential investors are invited to attend and fuel the energy of the initiative.
AGENDA: The judges will provide valuable feedback to the line up of presenting
DATE: Wednesday, March 18th, 2015
7 – 7:45 pm – Registration, Networking, Dinner (Register Here)
7:45 – 9:00 pm – Pitch Session
9:00 – 9:30 pm – Networking / Wrap-up
VENUE: Pillsbury Law Firm, 2550 Hanover St, Palo Alto, CA. 94304
JURY PANELISTS: To be announced soon
Shoieb Yunus, Chair, OPEN SV LaunchPad / Entrepreneurial Idol
Shoieb Yunus is a charter member of OPEN SV. At OPEN SV, Shoieb leads the LaunchPad program designed to bridge the gap between the entrepreneurs and the investors. Shoieb is an entrepreneur, seasoned product professional and an indie filmmaker. He has an impressive record of developing and managing products, revenue growth, user acquisition and growth hacking and played leadership and critical roles at industry leaders and early stage startups across Machine Learning, SaaS, Digital Video, Social Networking, Mobile Apps, Embedded Systems, Sensors (MEMS, biometrics, authentication) and Data Fusion. AuthenTec, now Apple, acquired Shoieb’s first startup EzValidation, a fingerprint authentication software company. He is a pioneer in delivering first cloud-based, simple ‘live’ video streaming app on Facebook. Currently, Shoieb is building a Job-to-Candidate Search and Ranking System using Machine Learning and Semantic Search for the enterprise. He earned BS in Computer Science from the University of Kentucky.