Financing Your Invention

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McGraw, Greg
Ruffner, Connie
Urech, Alan W.
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Securing financing can be one of the most daunting challenges to someone starting out on a new business venture. Inventors and new entrepreneurs face a unique set of obstacles that they must navigate through including answering the first question, "do I create a business around my invention or do I leverage my ideas through someone else?" This educational workshop seeks to help inventors understand the realities of financing their ideas, and provide a "how-to" for those looking to attract new investors, from friends and family to venture capitalists. Greg McGraw, a partner at TechCFO with over 25 years of top level financial and operational leadership, will discuss financing for all levels of inventors. Greg was named one of Catalyst Magazine's 2004 & 2005 50 Top Entrepreneurs in Atlanta.
Mr. Alan Urech is a Senior Executive with 30 years experience in successfully developing and commercializing companies. He has grown multiple businesses by using strong strategic, tactical and operational leadership skills, methodologies and best practice expertise to help them understand and implement appropriate strategies. These organizations include HBO & Company where he was part of a team that saw the organization's expansion from initial start-up to about $350 million dollars in revenue within 12 years. During this period, he was instrumental in developing successful healthcare product lines which significantly grew the Company’s overall profitability. Currently he is the Managing Partner and Principal at Stoney River Capital Partners LLC, an Angel-backed consultancy that has cultivated over 600 capital sources that place appropriate investment into high growth companies. SRCP provides senior level management guidance on investment funding strategies, corporate growth planning and plan implementation, business directions and exit strategies. This guidance transforms successfully growing entrepreneurial companies into growth businesses that attract investment capital. His practice focus is to "coach" strong young entrepreneurial seed, start-up and expanding companies so they successfully communicate the company’s business proposition to the investment community. He is also an Adjunct Professor in Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business. He teaches entrepreneurship and family business in the Herman J. Russell, Sr. International Center for Entrepreneurship.
The federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program and its parallel Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program provide over $2.2 billion annually to help small companies take their innovation technologies to the next level with the goal of eventual commercialization. An SBIR or STTR award can provide a company with seed capital of up to $850,000. Learn if SBIR or STTR are right funding opportunities for your company
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36:51 minutes - Q & A
45:56 minutes - Urech
37:18 minutes - McGraw
27:43 minutes - Ruffner
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