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CleanTech Funding Foundations Series (Equity Investment)

May 7 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Getting Early Equity Investment— Hear fromAngel investors Ken Tallo and Jim Sperlazza, members of the Sacramento Angels

We are excited to launch a CleanTech Funding Foundations series in partnership with CleanStart through the Sacramento Entrepreneurial Growth Alliance – Accelerate CA Hub designation by the California Office of the Small Business Advocate.

This series aims to support early stage innovators and entrepreneurs in understanding the foundations of how to raise capital especially as a cleantech startup. This series is open to founders and startups in various industries but will leverage examples from the cleantech industry.

Tuesday, May 7: Getting Early Equity Investment—What is it Like? What Does it Take?

Introductions of presenters and class members

Guest Speaker(s): Angel investors Ken Tallo and Jim Sperlazza, members of the Sacramento Angels, will talk about their experience, what they find appealing, what they expect from an entrepreneur, and what the process is like.

Discussion topics:

· What do investors want to see in presentations that pique their interest?

· What is the due diligence process like? What should startups do to prepare?
What is the SAFE type of investment and why is it the most common one for very early stage investors to make?

· Starting Your Clean Tech Journey (video)

· What is the biggest mistake startups make in creating a business? Why is it so common?

· What does it take to approach sources of funding?

· What is the number one job for a founder to do?

· What is the most successful and proven way to do that job?

· What resources are available through the NorCal Entrepreneur Hub?

Our Guest Speakers:

Ken Tallo – Partner at Winning Streak Ventures and Board Member/Investor of the Sacramento Angels

Jim Sperlazza – President of SFT Mgmt, LLC and Board Member of the Sacramento Angels


Carlsen Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship