The U.S. Department of Commerce, Empire State Development Corporation, and Greater Rochester Enterprise (GRE) are co-sponsoring an all-day workshop to help investors understand opportunities for Angel Investing. The workshop, "Seed Investing as a Team Sport," is scheduled to take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 22, at the Inn on Broadway, 26 Broadway, in downtown Rochester.
Keynote speakers for the event will be Phillip J. Bond, U.S. Undersecretary of Commerce for Technology, and Charles A. Gargano, Chairman of Empire State Development Corporation.
"Angel investors play a critical role in the economic engine of the Rochester region. By investing in companies at the very early stages, angels provide a solid foundation of support that fledgling businesses can build and grow on," said Michael Finney, President and CEO of Greater Rochester Enterprise. "This workshop will help foster more angel investment so our community can build an even broader foundation — and a stronger base — for our emerging start-ups."
"Seed Investing as a Team Sport" is a working seminar developed and facilitated by the National Association of Seed and Venture Funds, an 11-year-old national organization committed to building local economies by facilitating investment in local entrepreneurs. This seminar has been held in over 80 locations around the country. During the workshop, investors will learn the basics of pricing and structuring seed investments, experience the use of team-based approaches for making and managing investments, network with other investors in our region, and receive a manual of essential due-diligence questions and an annotated bibliography of the very best seed-investing resources.
The seminar is among the first events for a newly formed Angel Network Task Force, comprised of GRE, High Technology of Rochester, the Rochester Venture Capital Group, and Digital Rochester. The task force is working collaboratively to create a more robust and effective angel network in the region.
During the workshop, investors will also have an opportunity to hear from a local panel of experts that includes angel investors, venture capitalists, attorneys and entrepreneurs. Among them are Robert Mechur, President, Rochester Venture Capital Group; David Hessler, Entrepreneur-in-Residence, High Technology of Rochester; and Tony Quenelle of the New York State Small Business Technology Investment Fund.
For more information about this event, including costs and agenda, or to register online visit: www.regonline.com/13026.
Greater Rochester Enterprise (GRE) is a public-private partnership established to professionally market the Rochester metropolitan region as a competitive, high-profile place for business location and growth. GRE will collaborate with business, academia, not-for-profit organizations and government to ensure a unified approach to regional economic development efforts.