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Past Events

Annual Michigan Growth Capital Symposium

The Symposium draws together the Midwest's entrepreneurial, financial, industrial and University communities to build and finance innovative companies that will provide tomorrow's jobs, income and wealth. In its more than 25 year history, the Symposium has helped over 600 firms in raising the growth capital they needed for starup and expansion.

Financial Strategies in the Changing Economic Climate: Preparing for Recovery
May 16-17, 2002

Entrepreneurial Finance Seminars
December 8-10, 2000
February 9-11, 2001
March 22-24, 2002

In a company’s several growth stages, executives of entrepreneurial companies must understand how to plan and negotiate financing. Using examples and case studies from the current financial market environment, UM Business School faculty, successful entrepreneurs and financiers instructed attendees on effectively presenting opportunities to financiers; understanding capital structures, valuation, securities and strategic alternatives; and harvesting alternatives. Participants presented overviews of their business plans to a panel of seasoned venture capitalists, corporate strategic investors and investment bankers.

Seminar Brochure - 2000 (.pdf)
Seminar Brochure - 2001 (.pdf)

Faculty Education Seminar
November 2, 2001

Tech Transfer and Commercialization: The Building and Financing of the Entrepreneurial Company

Participating in the Telematics Value Chain: A Seminar on Business Models and Practices
October 30, 2001

Business leaders from the automotive, telematics and finance industries met in an interactive seminar, discussing present and future value creation and participation in the emerging telematics industry value chain.

Automotive OEMs & suppliers, technology and service providers and venture capitalists provided perspectives on the telematics industry. Panelists and colleagues utilized interactive panel discussions and ample networking time to develop topics more fully. Investment leaders discussed the challenges of telematics and factors necessary to increase the flow of outside equity investment.

Seminar Brochure (.pdf)

Angel Investing
May 2001

Individual ("angel") investors now provide the bulk of seed and start-up capital for high potential companies. This seminar covered principles and techniques used to qualify investments, negotiate valuation, structure and price deals and prepare for continued interaction as the company builds and receives follow-on financing from professional investors.

Seminar Brochure (.pdf)


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