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Preccelerator Program Presents: “The Art of Fundraising Episode I: 5 Types of Funding” – July 21st

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 “The Art of Fundraising Episode I:  5 Types of Funding


Thursday, July 21, 2016


 **Food, Drinks & Networking Included!**

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Delilah PanioDelilah Panio, Founder, Stiletto Dash

I love helping entrepreneurs realize their dreams… just like I am!

As the founder of Stiletto Dash, I am passionate about helping women build their dream companies and achieve economic independence through entrepreneurship. Through my one-on-one consulting and soon to be launched online courses, I work with clients on their business planning and getting investor-ready.

I am leading the L.A. chapter of SheEO’s Radical Generosity program in which 1000 women invest $1000 to provide low interest loans to 10 local women-led companies. I am also a Co-Founder of We Are Enough, a non-profit that educates women on why and how to invest in women-owned businesses. As well, I am active in the LA entrepreneur community, including as the Co-Chair of Women in LAVA (Los Angeles Venture Association) and coach for local pitch competitions.

My background is as a capital markets expert with 10 years in business development at the Toronto Stock Exchange, including as the Director, Business Development & Strategy. I have advised many companies on the going public process and can provide an understanding of private and public financing options in Canada and the United States.


Sarah MoretSarah Moret, Crosscut Ventures – Venture Capital

Sarah is an Associate at Crosscut Ventures. Her role includes meeting with startups, evaluating investment opportunities, and helping to manage fund operations. Prior to joining Crosscut, Sarah was at Formation8 Partners, a Venture Capital fund in San Francisco, where she focused on finance, operations, and due diligence for the fund’s hardware investments. Prior to that, Sarah worked in PwC’s Transaction Services Consulting Practice, advising clients on M&As, IPOs, and various other capital market transactions.

evan markilesEvan Markiles, FlashFunders –  Crowdfunding

Evan is the Business Operations Manager at FlashFunders, an equity crowdfunding platform. An attorney, Evan works with companies that are interested in raising equity funding on FlashFunders, and manages companies’ offerings from the onboarding stage to closing.


frank obrienFrank O’Brien, Silicon Valley Bank – Lending

Frank O’Brien is currently a Senior Associate with the SVB Technology and Life Sciences Teams based in Orange County, CA, focused on companies from the pre-revenue stage though over $100MM in revenues. Areas of focus include Big Data, Analytics, SaaS Platforms/Infrastructure, Medical Device, and Pharmaceuticals.

Mr. O’Brien joined SVB in early 2011 as an Associate, where he was responsible for financial analysis, business analysis, credit underwriting, portfolio management and new client development.


Alfred MirandaAlfred Miranda, Analog – An Idea Company, Inc. – Angel Investor

Angel Investment Firm owned by my partners and I to provide: Funding, Guidance, Technology Acumen, and Mentorship to promising Start-ups.



Andy TomatAndy Tomat, Teradyne – Strategic Investor

Andy was hired by Teradyne in the Fall of 2008 as the first head of Corporate Development to grow and diversify Teradyne’s business outside of semiconductor equipment through acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic partnerships. Areas of particular focus include Green Tech, Medical Equipment, Wireless and Optical Communication products.

Prior to Teradyne, Andy was the Sr. Director of Product Management at Peerless Systems Corporation where he led a team to deliver high performance color imaging products to market and enabled the company to become the 3rd best performer on NASDAQ in 2005. He was also with Peerless in the mid-1990’s where he helped coordinate their successful IPO.

As a consultant with the Adrenaline Group in Washington DC, he performed technology due diligence for a unit of NASDAQ (now FINRA); and in partnership with McKinsey & Co. helped a Nortel spin off (now Bill-Me-Later) re-position their online payment processing system to appeal to Amazon.com and Dell.

Andy has over 20 years of experience in strategic planning, finance, M&A, and new business development at large organizations like Canon and Perkin-Elmer, and as co-founder of several startups in the imaging space. He holds multiple patents in digital imaging and content management and has participated in various international standards groups.



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Our extensive slate of monthly Strategic Interest Group meetings and panel discussions feature exceptional presentations by prominent members of our investment, entrepreneurial, business and academic communities. Our annual Meet the VC conference, First Look LA and the LAVA Awards Dinner are our region’s premiere forums on investment capital. We also co-produce events with many of our affiliated organizations. www.lava.org