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LAVA Healthcare: Funding your venture with EB-5 investors
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LAVA Healthcare: Funding your venture with EB-5  investors

Robert Whyte, founder and CEO of EB5USADirect, an intermediary that matches foreign investors with US companies seeking capital.

When: Friday, August 15, 2014
7:30AM to 9:30AM
Where: Pepperdine University (in West LA, not Malibu)
6100 Center Drive
Los Angeles, California  90045
United States
Contact: Richard Koffler

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The EB-5 visa for immigrant investors provides a method for foreign nationals to obtain a green card by investing money in United States businesses. To obtain the visa, individuals must invest at least $1,000,000 (or $500,000 in companies sited in high unemployment or rural areas), creating or preserving at least 10 jobs for US workers excluding the investor and their immediate family. 

The program has been steadily gaining momentum, with over $6Bn invested by thousands of foreign nationals in 2013. Investments range from seed to growth financings.

This month's LAVA Healthcare program features Robert Whyte, founder and CEO of  EB5USADirect, an intermediary that matches prospective EB-5 foreign investors with US companies seeking capital.

Robert is also CEO of 
Good Time Beverages, which received $2M in direct EB-5 investments. He is a serial entrepreneur and investment banker, with a career that includes founding the Los Angeles office of Morgan Joseph & Co., being a partner in the Media and Broadcast Group of RBC Daniels & Associates, and co-founding the Home Shopping Network and leading it as CEO through the company's IPO in 1986. Robert is also past president of LAVA.

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About LAVA Healthcare

LAVA Healthcare is an ongoing conversation about how we might fix our healthcare system applying innovation across a wide range of dimensions -- including technology, business models, patient involvement, offshore outsourcing, and training programs.

The main goal is to foster innovation and allow our community to learn, be inspired, make valuable new business relationships and re-establish old ones. And perhaps even perhaps even influence public policy.

Who should participate? Everyone with an interest in the U.S. healthcare system such as technologists, life-sciences professionals and vendors, medical practitioners, healthcare providers, policy makers, and consultants of all types.

LAVA Healthcare is produced and moderated by Richard Koffler, CEO of Greenwings Biomedical and past president of LAVA. He is also a member of the Tech Coast Angels, an advisor to the California Emerging Technology Fund and board vice-chair of El Centro Latino for Literacy.

Each meeting features a presentations by one a healthcare innovator or investor who believes his/her ideas will have significant effects on the cost and quality of our healthcare system.

Following the three-minute introduction by the innovator, the floor opens to the audience's questions. The conversation is directed and textured by the experience and knowledge of every member of the audience who poses questions, tells stories, and proposes answers.

Meetings are governed by five simple rules:

  • Have fun, explore new and old ideas, make new friends and reconnect with old ones.
  • Nothing is off topic as long as its about healthcare.
  • No talking-head lectures:
  • Everyone is a panelist.
  • No preset course: The group leads the conversation.
  • Self-promotions and sermons instantly lose the floor at moderator's sole discretion.

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