Yesterday afternoon, ZINO Society hosted our inaugural “Get Funded!: Winning Strategies for Courting Angel Investors” workshop in the stunning offices of our event and annual sponsor, Davis Wright Tremaine. The four hour workshop followed by a wine and hors d’oeuvres networking reception was conducted by ZINO Society Coaching Member and principal of Business Plans Northwest, Bryan Brewer, and ZINO Society COO, Rob Brown.
The workshop included “in the trenches” information on the angel funding process, courting angel investors, the investor pitch and angels in the Northwest. The participants were a mix of entrepreneurs and a few angel investors who shared their passion, knowledge and challenges with one another. The participant evaluations were very positive with requests for additional topics to be covered in the future. When asked, which aspect of the session was most helpful, every participant had a different answer which speaks to the diversity of the entrepreneurial stages that each represented. We did agree, however, that we would share everyone’s contact information so the dialog could be continued amongst the attendees.
I know that I look forward to working with Bryan and Rob to continue to further develop and tweak the curriculum for future sessions!