The Research Triangle Park

Ask a VC Triangle, Presented by TriNet: 10+ Investors + 2 Panels + Lightning Round + Venture Fair

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RTP HQ Jun 19 8:00 am - Jun 19 11:30 am

Want an opportunity to hear from the region's best investors? Want an opportunity to pitch in front of your peers and investors? And meet investors 1:1? We're bringing this awesome event to Triangle for the first time! Get a chance to meet with investors, engage with investors on two panels on VC and investing, 2 Lightning Rounds, and a Venture Fair where you get a chance for some 1:1 with the investors there.

We'll have many awesome Venture Capital (VC) and Angel Investors there answering your questions on what is VC, the process for getting VC, what investors look for, and more. Plus a chance to tell your story and meet with some of the investors 1:1.


Participating Investors

  1. Alex Osadzinski
  2. Bull City Venture Partners
  3. Camden Partners
  4. Cofounders Capital
  5. Contender Capital
  6. IDEA Fund Partners
  7. River Cities Capital Funds
  8. SJF Ventures
  9. Startup Factory
  10. Triangle Angel Partners
  11. David Jones 
  12. Ian Nabb 
  13. David Gardner 
  14. Joe Velk 
  15. John Cambier 
  16. Rik Vandevenne 
  17. Christine Primmer 
  18. David Neal 
  19. Jan Davis

... and more to be announced soon!


Venue & Date

Friday June 19, 2015
8AM to 11:30AM

RTP Headquarters
12 Davis Drive
Research Triangle Park, NC


Presented by TriNet

TriNet is a trusted strategic HR partner to small businesses, providing solutions to help contain costs, minimize employer-related risks and relive administrative burden to keep an entrepreneur’s focus on their core business.


Agenda & Schedule

  • 08:00 - 08:20  ::  Registration and Networking
  • 08:20 - 08:30  ::  Welcomes
  • 08:35 - 09:05  ::  VC Panel #1 - "Seed and Series A Financing" + Ask Me Anything
  • 09:10 - 09:30  ::  Lightning Round #1
  • 09:35 - 10:05  ::  VC Panel #2 - "Emerging Trends in VC" + Ask Me Anything
  • 10:10 - 10:30  ::  Lightning Round #2
  • 10:35 - 11:30  ::  Venture Fair
  • 11:30 :: Event Wraps up


VC Panel #1 - "Seed and Series A Financing" + Ask Me Anything
The first panel will be a VC 101 panel focused on Early State Financing, moderated by Ronald Schmelzer, focusing on the following topics:

  • What does your firm invest in and focus on?
  • How do you even begin talking to a VC?
  • What's the process like for soliciting, interacting with, and getting investment from VCs
  • PLUS YOUR questions in "Ask Me Anything" style


VC Panel #2 - "Emerging Trends in VC" + Ask Me Anything
The second panel will be with additional investors identifying emerging trends in Venture Capital and investing, moderated by Ronald Schmelzer, focusing on the following topics:

  • What are the latest hot areas for investors?
  • What's big in the this region?
  • What's changing in the way companies are getting funded?
  • PLUS YOUR questions in "Ask Me Anything" style


TWO 20 minute Lightning Rounds:
Your Chance to Have Everyone Hear Your Story!
Each Lightning Round will consist of five randomly selected participants who have elected to participate in a public embarrassment, er, I mean public feedback. They will get 1 minute (timed) to do an Elevator Pitch with no slides and no supporting material, plus 4 minutes of questions and feedback from the the full panel. For this event, we'll be running two of these Lightning Rounds in front of different panels so we'll maximize the fun and randomness.


The Venture Fair

Want an opportunity to chat 1:1 with investors in your area of interest? We'll be running a venture fair with our attending investors, who will have dedicated areas, where they will meet as many of you as they can in "Job Fair" style. This means you'll get an opportiunity to meet with the investor(s) you like as part of a matching process.