Today we had a team meeting to begin planning our upcoming ZINO Zillionaire Investment Forum which is scheduled September 17, 2009 at the new Four Seasons Hotel. We decided to add a “second voice” to help promote the event that focuses on what is currently going on in our world. The phrase that we chose is “Invest in Innovation! Kick start the economy.” We are considering some new twists to make the forum even more interesting and attractive to investors and entrepreneurs. More on that later as we make decisions. Once again, we plan to put together an investment fund of at least $100,000 that will be awarded to both technology and non-tech entrepreneurs for best investment opportunities. That will bring the total investment funds distributed at ZZIF events to $500,000. I am impressed that we have been able to offer guaranteed funding at each of our ZZIF events since inception.
I am very pleased that Robin Moore, previously a part of the WAMU team, has joined ZINO Society as the Marketing and Sales Director. She brings a great deal of marketing experience with her and has immediately integrated into the ZINO team. Welcome Robin! In the photo above, Robin is in the middle flanked by Mary Holmes, VP-Business Development, on the left and McKenzie Midboe, Events and Administrative Coordinator, on the right. Mary and Robin will especially be working on increasing our sponsorship partners for ZZIF, managing the marketing plan and overseeing the Puget Sound Business Journal insert that features all the presenting entrepreneurs. McKenzie will be handling the event details of this very complicated day that includes over 30 presenting entrepreneurs, an audience of around 200 people with multiple snack and lunch breaks followed by a wine and awards reception.
A call to entrepreneurs has gone out and the deadline for ZZIF applications is July 31st. It is always so fascinating to see the companies that apply to present. Once we get through the preliminary screening round, I look forward to our upcoming in-person screening meetings which will occur in mid-August. We are in the process of recruiting our most important screeners and coaches now. I will tell you more about this process in an upcoming blog.
Meanwhile, I hope you will put the date on your calendar so you can be there with us for our BIG event of the year!