Alternative Financing Options and Opportunities for Global Ventures: What Really Works!
Thanks to the Internet, start-ups are no longer restricted to a local geography but building a venture on a global scale requires a clear understanding of funding options available.
Please join us for a fascinating eve of networking with global-minded entrepreneurs and investors and learn from a fantastic mix of outstanding speakers to empower yourself with an invaluable knowledge and tools.
Key topics to be discussed:
- What are the hottest global start-ups and what you can learn from them?
- What non-bank loans and financing options are available for your international business and export oriented startups?
- What are the best equity crowdfunding platforms to raise capital for your company's international growth?
- How do you set up payments with your foreign customer - and ensure you will get paid?
- What are “copycats” and how to deal with them?
Dr. Kati Suominen - Founder & CEO of a ground-breaking equity crowdfunding platform TradeUp Capital Fund, which helps globalizing, export-driven U.S. companies to raise capital on-line. She has provided commentary for some of the most prestigious media outlets including Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, BBC, CSPAN, CNN, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times; published over 80 articles and 9 books and is now authoring her 10th, Globalization 4.0: How Disruptive Technologies Reshape Business and Policy in the Hyperconnected World. Dr. Suominen is also an Adjunct Professor at UCLA. More on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/pub/kati-suominen/2/89a/536/en
Bob Lewin – Director of Strategy& Innovation at CIT Group Commercial Services, specializing in asset based lending for commercial transactions and factoring. CIT (NYSE:CIT) is the recognized worldwide leader in factoring, credit protection, and asset based lending among other financial services. Bob is a well-known expert in lending and also acts in a business advisory capacity as a CIT representative for some of the most innovative and active crowdinvesting platforms such as TradeUp and CircleUp. More on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/pub/bob-lewin/5/675/220/en
Gary Mendel - President of Meridian Finance Group, a company providing credit, insurance, and trade finance tools that exporters can use to expand their international sales. Gary has over 30 years of experience in domestic and international sales, distribution, and finance. Gary has been recognized with the President’s “E” Award, as well as with the awards from the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Export-Import Bank of the U.S., and the Foreign Credit Insurance Association. More on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/garymendell/en
is the Managing Director for SeedInvest Los Angeles
. SeedInvest is a leading equity-based crowdfunding platform that connects investors with high quality startups seeking Seed, Bridge, or Series A funding. SeedInvest provides investors with insider access to highly vetted start-up investment opportunities and make investing in start-ups as easy as buying shares of stock.
Before joining SeedInvest in 2014, Andrés spent most of his career driving innovation in the public financial markets. In previous roles he managed over $12MM of capital, founded and managed a broker dealer and trading floor, and spent most of his career working as a quantitative proprietary trader in the equities markets. Andrés received his degree in entrepreneurship, information systems, and marketing from The Wharton School.
Vincent Bradley - co-founder of FlashFunder, a groundbreaking equity crowdfunding platform based in Santa Monica. Vincent is a serial entrepreneur and he also co-founded Ridotto, a virtual currency sports betting startup. Vincent also spent time working with Osprey Global Solutions (OGS), a frontier market consulting firm. While at Osprey, he focused on growth development efforts for OGS throughout the Middle East, Europe and North Africa. Prior to Osprey, Vincent worked for FindTheBest, where he helped to build out their business development team.
Victoria Silchenko, Ph.D. – Chair of Global LAVA, Board member of LAVA, Founder & CEO of Metropole Capital Group, Producer of the Global Alternative Funding Forum, HuffPost Contributor, Adjunct Professor at the CalLutheran University (the course for MBAs: “Entrepreneurial Finance”). More on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/victoriametropolecapital/en