The event is a convergence of early-stage Angel Investors and Venture Capitalists locking minds and bracing arms to help Miami startups and SMEs. The Soho Loft and FundingPost have hosted more than 200 sold-out venture events in 22 cities over the past 11 years. Yes, it’s like leaning on a rock-steady wall.
Entrepreneurs seeking capital met with investors, learned how to pitch their awesome ideas and many sealed the moment with funding that is just perfect for their needs. An idea that is ripe for launch or growth never lacked the right funding with valuable lessons learned from the event and workshop. The optional pitching workshop from 11am-1pm offered the participants a 2-minute pitching spot to the investors. As a fringe benefit to go with the event, entrepreneurs were able to submit a one-fourth-page summary of their company description and contact info to the investor speakers and attendees for future investing opportunities.
VC and Angel investors who spoke and shared their wisdom were:
Gregory Borchard, Managing Director at Caerus Ventures LLC.
Marc S. Billings of Incubate Miami and entrepreneur.
Franc Nemanic, an Angel Investor of New World Angels.
David Freschman is Managing Partner of Innovation Venture Fund.
Steve Repetti, an Angel Investor of Miami Innovation Fund.
To represent the crowd investing space, Maurice Lopes, co-founder of EarlyShares.com, a cutting edge online equity-based crowdfunding platform, also spoke in this event. EarlyShares.com has become one of the leading forces in the fast emerging crowdfunding industry that earned revenues of $1.5 billion in 2011 and almost doubled to $3 billion in 2012. The audience learned of alternative ways to secure funding, especially from the crowd via the internet. Set to double at $6B this year, this industry is poised to become a very powerful and democratic financial tool - disrupting the status quo. In the end all will be winners when exciting startups and amazing innovations are liberated to change various industries and serve communities.
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For other events, visit www.thesoholoft.com. An upcoming event in Boston April 3-5 promises to put alternative financing more accessible to more entrepreneurs as The Soho Loft partners with Thomson Reuters. Check out www.thesoholoft.com/
About The Soho Loft (www.thesoholoft.com)
The Soho Loft Capital Creation Events (”TSL”) is a corporate strategy and advisory services company specializing in financial innovation and economic sustainability. Through its global events and media platform it advances diligent mainstream and alternative investing for start-up entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized enterprises. TSL provides visionary leadership and relevant education in the areas of capital formation, crowdfunding, angel networking, non-conventional funding, eb5 green card programs, micro-finance, venture capital, private equity and hedge funds.
TSL is a subsidiary of LDJ Capital based in New York USA. Its founder and Chairman, David Drake, is a founding member of Crowdfund Intermediary Regulatory Advocates (CFIRA) and of Crowdfunding Professional Association (CFPA). He played a key role in the passing of the JOBS Act (Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act) in the United States. His advocacy for financial innovation has taken him to the global stage when he joined the U.S Commerce Department’s delegation to Brussels and Rome at the Transatlantic Economic Forum for SME Policy last July 2012 where he met with European ministers and national legislators. He is an international speaker and prolific writer on these topics.
Overall, TSL’s mission is to bring global awareness and develop infrastructure to facilitate innovative capital formation and access and spur job creation. As such, The Soho Loft operates as the leading global corporate strategy adviser on financial and economic policy.
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