Much Shelist

Much Shelist is a full-service law firm serving start-up, small and mid-market businesses, and venture capital investors, private equity funds and family offices that invest in them and support their growth.  The firm advises early-stage technology and growth enterprises in start-up matters and venture capital transactions.  Much Shelist continues to support those enterprises as they grow by providing advice on the full spectrum of legal and business matters a start-up or growth-stage company is likely to encounter, including issues related to employees and other service providers, intellectual property rights and licensing, and negotiations with vendors and strategic partners.  The firm also represents clients in litigation, mergers and acquisitions and other extraordinary matters.  Much Shelist is headquartered in Chicago and has a branch office in California.

Leavitt Siegal LLC is a boutique tax and accounting firm servicing entrepreneurs, funded start-ups and small and midsized businesses. The partners, Karen Leavitt and Sandra Siegal, have a combined 45 years of experience working with individuals and their businesses. Previous to working with us, many of our clients felt that over the years their accountants weren’t giving them the personal attention they deserved.  That they were viewed as a number, not as an individual.  At Leavitt Siegal LLC, we understand that feeling. That is why we started our firm.  We handle every single one of our clients, big or small, with the personal touch they deserve.  We take pride in building a lifelong relationship with all our clients. That’s why our motto “Proven Experience with a Personal Touch isn’t just a slogan, but a set of values we live by. 

Wintrust Financial Corporation is a financial services holding company with $17.5 billion in assets. Comprised of 15 community bank charters and more than 100 locations in Chicagoland and Wisconsin, Wintrust offers a real commercial banking advantage over the big banks and smaller community banks in our area. We pride ourselves on local decision making and servicing of our commercial clients. Our commercial banking staff is well versed in all aspects of corporate finance and they provide a customer-focused approach to banking. You won’t find a better team of bankers to meet the capital and cash management requirements necessary to help your business grow.

Fundraising

Chicago Spring 2013 Semester

When is it realistic to raise capital for a brand new company? How should you calculate the amount of money to raise? How should you define the use use of proceeds? What materials are required to fundraise? How do you identify and qualify target angel and seed stage investors? How do you find a lead investor? What do investors expect from the company? What are typical investment structures and deal terms for seed-stage financing? How do you negotiate terms?

Goal:
Plan to raise your first round.

Date:
2013-06-11, 06:30 PM

Mentors

Bart Carlson
CEO, Napersoft
Neil Kane
Founder & President, Illinois Partners Executive Services
George Deeb
Managing Partner, Red Rocket Venture Partners

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