Starlight Capital/APVA/StartUp Club Investor Networking - Dallas, Texas
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About the Event
Starlight Capital and APVA* Enterprise Pitch and Investor Networking Event
Starlight Capital and APVA are pleased to invite you to our upcoming corporate presentation and investor networking forum. Up to 15 carefully selected technology companies will present their investment opportunity and answer questions. At past meetings technologies licensed from Texas A&M, Houston Methodist Research and MD Anderson have presented. Sign-in will start at 11:00 am. The Banquet Luncheon will be served at noon and the meeting goes until 5:00 pm.
The event is sponsored by the University of Texas at Austin, Texas Health Catalyst, Dell Medical School.
The “early-bird” investor registration fee is only $175. Registrants are allowed to bring up to two members of your firm or other “investor” guests at no charge. Please keep in mind that your guests must be bona fide active direct and accredited investors for their own personal account or that of the firm they represent, and may not include entrepreneurs seeking capital, vendors or service providers.
Sample presenting companies:
Company A -The vision of this company is to harness the dynamics of light for health care, security, and sustainability. We do this with algorithm and software technology developed and patented by Professor Andrew Dunn’s laboratory in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. This technology uses the principles of dynamic light scattering to generate ‘speckle’ images which enable non-invasive, real-time, continuous, and quantitative visualization of blood flow in living tissues.
Company B - This company is a hard money lender to individuals and companies that renovate and then sell or rent single and multi-family residences as well as commercial buildings (“flippers”). Because it specializes in loans based strictly on the value of the property, its loan processing is not slowed down by personal credit checks or formal appraisals. In its first three months of operation, it attracted $5 million from financial partners whose money is put to work for a period of one year. Currently the company has 26 loans outstanding and more applications than it can process with internal funds. The company offers borrowers a 70% loan to value, secured by the property. It requires borrowers to commit 10% on the property cost and 10% on the loan value. It charges borrowers 12% + fees for 6 month loans with an allowed 3 month extension. The company earns money on the spread and fees. In 2020, it intends to expand its revenue streams to include purchasing and holding revenue producing properties as well as purchasing and flipping real estate.
Company C - Developer and distributor of a contract fabricated transcutaneous, two-component, renewable, body-wall, device that interfaces sterile internal organs, so as to restore, infection-retarded, enhanced physiological performance to the internal organ. The first product is the ‘Suprapubic Catheter/Cuffed Anchor’ [SCCA] urinary bladder drainage catheter.
In order to make arrangements for your investor guests to attend, just send their names and business affiliation, if any, to me together with their e-mail addresses and phone numbers, and we will confirm their complimentary registrations on your behalf. As you may be aware, we provide a financial guarantee to the club with respect to each confirmed guest for the banquet luncheon. In addition, we certify the roster of investor participants to the presenting companies. Accordingly, when inviting your guests, thank you so much for letting them know that this is not an “I’ll drop in if I can make it event” and they should not RSVP unless that are quite sure that they can attend and stay for most of the entire function.
We are expecting 50+ guests, which will include many prominent people from the investment community. As we only have a few VIP guest tickets still available, thank you in advance for finalizing your arrangements to attend upon receipt of this confirmation in order to hold your reservation. Kindly note that admission to the forum as a VIP Guest requires this advance registration. Alternatively, our standard Registration Fee of $275 would be applicable if seats are still available on the event date.
12-1 Gala Luncheon
1-5 Flights of presenters the first half of each hour followed by break-out sessions the second half of each hour
5-6 Networking Reception
I hope that you decide to join us there.
Note: The Ticket price includes all expenses (the luncheon, snacks, and eight hours of networking at the HESS Club) related to your participation in the event. Whereas the Sponsors will not sell or serve alcohol at the event, the venue may offer an optional cash bar for those participants allowed to purchase alcoholic beverages and the bartender, a venue employee, will check government-issued photo identifications to ensure age verification. The Sponsors do not endorse the consumption of alcohol and do not receive any compensation for the sale of such beverages.
Bryan Emerson, President Steve Brewer, Founder and Executive Director
Starlight Capital, Inc. American Philanthropic Ventures Association, Inc.
1 (713) 234-1531 tel 1 (713) 443-3662 tel
P.S.: Past investor event attendees included Palmetto Partners, Savoy Capital, Gallipolis Partners, Cockrell Family Partners, Gaylord Interests, Duncan Interests, Cheyenne Partners, LB Capital, Way Holdings, RD Heritage, BJW Investments, Cullen Foundation, Elm Creek Partners, Duke Capital Management, Memorial Herman Investment Fund, Raymond James, Fenner Weller, Rushmore Investment Advisors, Southwell Partners, Tracadia Capital, Aggie Venture Partners, Houston Angel Network members, Aggie Angel Members, Hill Country Angel Members, Dallas/Ft. Worth Angel Members, Brazos Angel Members, Texas Halo Fund, and GOOSE Fund, among many others.
A Note to Potential Entrepreneur Attendees
If you are currently raising capital and need to take any of the following steps, then you should seriously consider applying to present at this event.
1) Go outside of your existing network of contacts to find investors. 2) Schedule an expensive national road trip to meet capital sources. 3) Pay to retain an investment banker or placement agent. 4) Find a cost-effective proven venue to locate new investors. 5) Accelerate the funding process to execute your business plan.
6) Move-on, as you are still waiting to hear back from investors, who should have provided the funding you needed by now.
Although we wish it could be, this is not a free event. (As is true with most things in life, it is not what or if you pay, but what you get for what you pay.) We are not part of any non-profit group or government agency and our events are not primarily funded by vendors or service providers, which ensures an "investor-only" venue. Accordingly, companies are required to pay a fee to be featured at the event based upon a number of alternatives, which we try to tailor to the financial situation of each company and may include a partially differed or contingent payment. As every company varies with respect to its financial resources, stage, revenues and funding requirements, we do not have a "one size fits all" structure with respect to fees or visibility options. Our forum could be best described as a co-op for the 12 to 15 companies that present - such as a trade show would be. We underwrite the events and the featured companies share in the overhead cost. They do so because our model ensures them an audience of nearly 100% qualified investors who have paid to attend and whom we disclose in advance.
This highly-targeted venue can help you solve the three biggest problems in the fundraising process: 1) identifying qualified investors, 2) gaining credible entrée to them and 3) meeting them under favorable circumstances. Moreover, the event drives the single most essential factor in getting funded quickly, and that is the ability to create contemporaneous interest among investors - which also can serve to significantly improve deal terms.
Please keep in mind that this event distinguishes itself from many other venues in several key respects. Here are a few of them:
1) Nearly 100% of the guests (not connected with the presenting companies) are active investors who have PAID to attend.
2) Presenting companies reach a national audience of qualified funding sources focusing on early-stage opportunities.
3) Only 15 to 20 companies are featured on the program which provides for high visibility to investors.
4) The events are not sponsor supported and accordingly not heavily populated with service providers.
5) There are no concurrent activities or competing presentations. All companies present to the entire audience.
6) Companies are never more than 10 to 20 minutes from their breakout sessions after they present.
7) These are "deal-oriented" events. There are no panels or other distractions that keep the spotlight from the presenters.
8) The majority of the attendees are principals of the private equity or venture capital firms whom they represent.
9) Presenters can plan for the forums in advance as we provide confirmed guest information prior to the conference dates.
10) Featured companies benefit from the strong brand equity that we have built with investors over nearly 10 years.
If you believe that your company's potential is truly compelling and that management's vision can be effectively communicated, this private event will provide you with a unique national platform to get your message across in "One Place and in One Day" to active serious investors who want to see fundable deals.
Sample Prior Fundings
We estimate that several hundred million dollars has gone to past Presenters over recent years, much of which could be directly or indirectly attributed to our forums. Our prior conference guests and other funds who have invested in these businesses include such prominent groups as those listed below by funded company. Of course, there is no assurance that presenting at our upcoming forum will result in obtaining capital.
FlexLight Networks: Accel Partners, Applied Materials Ventures, Concept Ventures, Concord Ventures,
Coral Ventures and St. Paul Venture Capital
Aircuity: IDP, Navigator Technology Ventures, Venture Capital Fund of New England, Industrial Development Partners
iKimbo: Cross Atlantic Capital Partners, Draper Atlantic, MRW Enterprises, Schoffstall Ventures and Riggs Capital Investment
Visioneered Image Systems: Baker Capital, 21Venture and Arcturus Capital
Adzilla: Alloy Ventures and Norwest Venture Partners
LNL Technologies: Mohr and Davidow Ventures
BioVigilant: Battelle Ventures, Community Investment Corporation, Innovation Valley Partners and Pearl Street Venture Funds
Ifbyphone: Apex Venture Partners and Origin Ventures
HardMetrics: NextStage Capital, Osage Ventures and SilkRoad Equity
Burly Bear Network: NB Capital Venture Partners, New York City Investment Fund, Constellation Ventures and CIT Venture Capital
TelaDoc: Tri-State Private Investors Network and Trident Capital
Dogmatic: Roark Capital Equity Partners, Snowden Investments, Venture
Performance Partners and Tri-State Private Investors
Vystar: Tri-State Private Investors and Network of Business Angels and Investors
Cybersettle: Spencer Trask Ventures, Tri-State Private Investors Network, Bowery Partners and Saint-Donat & Co.
E Ink: FA Technology Ventures, Hearst Corporation, Intel Capital and Motorola Ventures
Xtellus: AIG Orion Fund, Alta Berkeley Venture Partners and Israel Seed Partners
nTag: Pilot House Ventures and Group Sevin Rosen Funds
Operative (Formerly Trafficmac): Aardvark Capital
AgriPower: Vogel Capital Management and other investors
Hingi: Opus Capital Ventures
Xtify: Acadia Woods Partners and SeventySix Capital
Health Plan One: Pequot Capital and Greycroft Partners
Lymbix: GrowthWorks and Atlantic Venture Fund
Santos Spirits: Bennett Private Equity and Angel Investments
How is this conference different from hiring an investment banker?
Private fundraising is costly or time-consuming or both.
- Investment bankers charge monthly retainers – commonly $5000 – 10,000 to cull through their contacts to introduce you to a targeted list of the most likely investors. We organizers (Brewer and Emerson) have and do provide that service for appropriate clients.
- This conference is designed for talented entrepreneurs who (a) cannot afford an investment banker’s fees, (b) are willing to put in the sweat equity themselves to develop appropriate documents and presentation materials (c) value the templates and coaching we provide for maximizing their fundraising efforts and (d) will meet/research/follow up with investors, themselves.
How is this conference different from on-line fundraising?
Crowd-sourced funding works for certain industry segments and price points. However, for most companies seeking other people’s money, we find personal contact, follow up, and due diligence (disclosures) essential to forming an investment relationship. According to the Peter T. Paul School of Venture Research, about 20% of entrepreneurial ventures receive angel funding IF they get before them in person.
How is this conference different from other conferences?
- At many other entrepreneurial conferences, attendees listen to speakers preach about successful fund-raising or participate in a judged contest, but have little opportunity to actually engage with investors. We avoid industry speakers to give entrepreneurs more time (8 hours) to interact with investors.
- We also provide participants with LOTS of resources, both before and after the event. These include the same templates for executive summaries and power points that we offer to our investment banking clients. We also advise on messaging for their outreach campaigns, through social media and email. We provide lists of not only the investors who DO attend the conference, but also those who have attended prior ones. Finally, they have access to a dozen articles we have penned over the years describing most common mistakes, investor questions, due diligence techniques, and other information to make a terrific first (and second, and third) impression.
- Our conference is selective. We accept entrepreneurs NOT ONLY on the quality of their management team and company, BUT ALSO on their willingness to commit to do the work most likely to ensure a positive outcome: (a) preparation beforehand, (b) active mingling at the event, and (c) many hours on the phone and email afterward following up with the names we give them. Raising money is NOT for passive people. It is a competitive sport. We ALSO encourage participants to reach out to their own database of contacts, perhaps with email templates we can provide. The people who already know and trust (service providers, clients, friends) may be better sources than you realize for reaching investors, customers, employees, and advisers.
Refund Policy: Refunds may ony be requested until one week in advance of the event and must be in writing to Bryan Emerson. Within one week of the event and thereafter all parties agree that monies paid are non-refundable.
- Non-Presenting Entrepreneur$1,975$1,9750$0
- Business Professional$1,975$1,9750$0