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Missouri Venture Forum Roadmap To Entrepreneurship

June 12, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Missouri Venture Forum

An opportunity to inform and educate future entrepreneurs about how and where to find support and resources in the St. Louis area with insights from prominent keynote speakers and panel presentations by a wide range of experts across a variety of disciplines (see topics listed below).

Who Should Attend
Ecosystem of prospective entrepreneurs, including former corporate employees with an entrepreneurial spirit, spouses of dual-career families, minority entrepreneurs, and students.

Cost & Reservations
No cost to attend

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Event Schedule

12pm: Lobby: Registration begins

1pm: Auditorium
Keynote Speaker: John Saunders, President and CEO, FleishmanHillard
(Welcome from Matthew Kulig, President of Missouri Venture Forum and co-founder of Aisle 411, Inc.)

2pm: Auditorium
Panel A – “From the Lightbulb Idea to a Viable Company” (Where do you start?/Business Model/Marketing Research/Business Plan)
(Cliff Holekamp, Cultivation Capital/Emre Toker,Skandalaris Center/Jerry Katz, Billiken Angels Network/Christy Maxfield, Square One/Ramin Lalezari, Sling Health)

2pm: Theater
Panel D – “Legal Matters: Advisors, Company Structure and Boards” (Creating a network of believers/Legal Formation/Licenses/Permits/Board of Directors and Advisors)
(Hary Arader, BioGenerator/Bob Cockrell, Exeteur Group/Mariquita Barbieri, Carmody McDonald/Brian Rogers, Blue Maven Law/Tim McFadden, Polsinelli)

3:15pm: Auditorium
Panel B – “Putting Local Resources Together” (Why St. Louis is a great city to start a company)
(Travis Sheridan, Venture Café/Brian Dixon, AMEREN Accelerator (Capital Innovators)/Ginger Imster, SLEDP Innovation & Entrepreneurship – Venture Works/Patty Hagen, T-REX/Phyllis Ellison,Cortex)

3:15pm: Theater
Panel E – “Assets Protection, Taxes and Credits” (Issues to consider to increase company value/IP, Trademarks/Copyright/Accounting)
(Tom Daiber, SBA/Michael Holmes, SLATE/Geetha Rao Sant, Wash U Law Clinic/Dough Kolker, Mueller Prost PC/Myers Dill, Husch Blackwell)

4:30pm: Auditorium
Panel C – “Plan for Funding, M&A, and Exits from the beginning“ (Landmines you should avoid/Fund Raising/Contracts and Partnerships/Preparing for Exit)
(Ashley Edwards, Huschblackwell/Bob Calcattera, Exeteur Group/Ryan Rakestraw, Grant Ventures (Monsanto)/
Brian Hopcraft, Lewis & Clark Ventures)

4:30pm: Theater
Panel F – “If no one buys it, you don’t have a company” (The importance of sales in start-ups/New Business Development/Marketing/Sales/Customer Support)
(John Hardin/Exeteur Group/Elin Nozewski,FleishmanHillard/Mark Bini,ExpressScripts/Tim Nowak,World Trade Center/Clint Matthews,Start Right, Inc.)

5:45pm: Auditorium
Investors Town Hall Meeting
(Brian Hopcraft,Lewis & Clark Ventures/Ryan Rakestraw, Monsanto Growth Ventures/Brian Kinman,Arch Angels/
Eric Gulve,BioGenerator/Elise Hoffman,Cultivation Capital/Michael Kime,iSelect

7pm: Atrium

Sponsors and Supporters

Sponsors: Monsanto, ExpressScripts, St. Louis Regional Chamber, Mosaic Group

Supporters: St. Louis Economic Development Partnership, Office of the Mayor/ City of St. Louis, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Asian Chamber of Commerce, International Institute, StLVentureWorks, ITEN, Square One, IDEA Labs, Full Circle


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975 N Warson Rd
St. Louis,MO63132United States
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