Financing The New Venture: Angel Funding VS Venture Capital

Featured Speaker: James Geshwiler, Managing Director of CommonAngels and Chairman of Angel Capital Association

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Contact: WPI Venture Forum, +1-508-831-5075

Tuesday, April 12, 2005, 6-9 p.m
Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Campus Center Odeum

Worcester, MA - March 28, 2005 - In the first half of 2004, $12 billion in angel funds were invested in entrepreneurial ventures compared with $10 billion for all venture capital investments. On April 12, James Geshwiler, Managing Director of CommonAngels and Chairman of the Angel Capital Association will be the featured speaker at the WPI Venture Forum. An expert in the investing arena, Mr. Geshwiler will discuss the changing roles and stages of today's financing market, the ebb and flow of private vs venture money, making the sales pitch, closing the deal, and working together with investors. He will also address the differences among the individual angel and private investor, angel groups, and venture capitalists.

Mr. Geshwiler is Managing Director of CommonAngels where he supervises deal flow, due diligence, and the investment process. He has participated in funding 19 companies through 50-plus rounds of financing for a total of more than $100 million. Mr. Geshwiler is also the Co-founder and Chairman of the Angel Capital Association, a trade association for supporting research and encouraging networking. He is a contributing author of "Cutting-Edge Practices in American Angel Investing" and has written numerous papers on the angel investment process. He holds a Bachelor's degree from the Liberal Arts Honors Program at the University of Texas at Austin, a Master's degree in political science from UCLA, and an MBA from MIT's Sloan School of Management.

The WPI Venture Forum meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 12, 2005, at the Odeum Campus Center on the WPI campus in Worcester, MA. Registration begins at 6:00 p.m. and the meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. Registration cost is $10 individual, annual, and lifetime members; and $20 nonmembers.


About the WPI Venture Forum

The WPI Venture Forum was created in 1990 to promote the entrepreneurial spirit and to serve those who engage in technology- based entrepreneurial enterprises by providing advice, support and education tailored to meet their needs. The forum fosters entrepreneurship through such activities as monthly programs, a business plan contest, a weekly radio show on News Radio WTAG (Saturdays, 5-7 pm, 580am), and a monthly newsletter.

The Venture Forum, as part of the Collaborative for Entrepreneurship & Innovation in the Department of Management at WPI, serves individuals who are seeking to begin their own technology-based businesses; founders, presidents, and senior managers of start-up or early-stage companies; senior managers of companies that are restarting or making a transition for one mode of operation to another; and employees leaving large companies due to a reduction in force or to start businesses.