Getting a company capitalized is perhaps the most difficult, time-consuming and frustrating part of building a business. “Financing Your Consumer Products Company,” a packed, full day workshop will demystify the terms and process and provide insights and tips on how entrepreneurs can improve their odds of successfully obtaining financing. In addition, participants will hear directly from industry-leading entrepreneurs who raised venture capital and then grew and sold their companies, investment bankers, investors and other industry experts.

Topics include: determining financing needs, structuring deals, understanding term sheets, issues and trade-offs pertaining to friends and family rounds, angels, debt, and venture capital. Also covered are key areas such as expected presentation materials, working with investment bankers, building company value, valuation methodologies, exit strategies and more. 

The seminar will be led by Bob Burke and Michael Burgmaier. Bob Burke is co-author of The Natural Products Field Manual, Eighth Edition. Bob is a consultant in the natural and specialty products industry and former VP of Sales and Corporate Development at Stonyfield Farm. Michael Burgmaier is an investment banker (Whipstich Capital), and former consultant (Royal River Associates) and former venture capital investor (CEI Community Ventures) in the food & beverage/ Healthy Living sectors.

Special guest speakers include experts on debt financing, strategic investors, venture capitalists, investment bankers and entrepreneurs who have successfully raised capital. This seminar’s speakers include: Featured presenter, Andy Whitman of 2X Consumer Products Growth Partners, Alex Schneider, Clover Capital Partners, Tapan Shah, Pepsico Ventures, Katlin Smith, Founder and CEO of Simple Mills and Keith Kohler, President, K2 Financing LLC, 

Valued sponsors of the event are: Whipstich Capital, Amin Talati Upadhye, Bright Design, Aliant Mesirow, Whole Brain Consulting, Force Brands, Anchin, The Opal Group, and Nutrition Capital Network. 

Complimentary cocktail reception on Tuesday following the seminar at Aliant Mesirow for Finance seminar and networking attendees

The seminar will be held on April 30, 2019 at Aliant Mesirow in Chicago. The rate is $899. If you register by April 5, 2019, take the early bird discount and save $200. Additional discounts are available for additional people from the same company.

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