In 2009, Springboard Enterprises, with a grant from NASDAQ OMX and the support of Capital One Bank, hosted the first of a two-year seminar series – Equity Matters: The Route to NASDAQ in four U.S. locations:
- Columbia University, New York, NY
- Wharton San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
- Fluno Center, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
- Communities Foundation, Dallas, TX
Thank you so much for putting on such a wonderful seminar. I truly enjoyed myself and learned a lot. —
Priscilla Duncan, EQM Seminar Attendee (Dallas)
The Equity Matters Seminar Series introduces women business owners as well as emerging and aspiring entrepreneurs to the sources and uses of capital to launch and grow businesses. Drawing on the expertise of successful entrepreneurs, lenders, and investors, the program provides attendees with actionable information about the various sources of capital, what lenders and investors look for, and the resources available in the community to assist businesses in preparing for, securing, and employing the most appropriate capital for their business. The agenda also includes a mini-workshop on developing financial projections and a special fast pitch panel session during which pre-selected attendees get an opportunity to pitch their business opportunities to a panel of investors and experts who provide constructive feedback.
EQM: New York
The first Equity Matters: The Route to NASDAQ Seminar took place in New York City on Friday, April 3, 2009 at Columbia University. To view the day’s agenda, click here.
Featuring panelists and speakers: Joni Evans (WoWoWow); Kay Koplovitz (Koplovitz & Co.); Patricia Laus (Atlantic Club); Laura McCann Ramsey (Zweave, Inc); Amy Millman (Springboard Enterprises); Toby Moskovits (Heritage Equity); Julie Muraco (Praeditis Group LLC); Kylie Sachs (Ascend Ventures); Julie Smith (Golden Seeds); Lisa Spadafino (Capital One Bank); and Jessica Valenzuela (Mavin Digital).
EQM: San Francisco
In San Francisco, the second Equity Matters: The Route to NASDAQ Seminar took place on Thursday, May 21, 2009 at Wharton San Francisco. Click here to view the day’s schedule.
Featuring panelists and speakers: Marianne Baldrica (NASDAQ OMX); Denise Brosseau (Brosseau Group); Doug Collum (Wharton San Francisco); Ellen Corenswet (Covington & Burling LLP); Catarina Fake (Hunch); Carolyn Fritz (Allylix); Julie Goonewardene (Purdue Research Foundation & Discovery Park); Barbara Kamm (Kamm Consulting); Julie Muraco (Praeditis Group LLC); Cindy Padnos (Illuminate Ventures); and Krishna Subramanian (Sun Microsystems).
At the Fluno Center for Executive Education of the University Wisconsin, Madison, the third Equity Matters: The Route to NASDAQ Seminar took place on September 30, 2009. For the event agenda, click here.
Featuring panelists and speakers: Jan Eddy (formerly of Office Solutions & Wingra Technologies); Teresa Esser (Silicon Pastures); Marilyn Holt-Smith (Holt Smith Advisors); Lauren Flanagan (Phenomenelle Angels Fund I, LP); Lorrie Keating Hienemann (Secretary of Dept. of Financial Institutions, WI); Melissa Koeppel (Grant Thornton LLP); Kay Koplovitz (Koplovitz & Co.); Connie Li (TrafficCast); Amy Millman (Springboard Enterprises); Judy Owen (Calumet Venture Fund); Jim Pavlik (Baird Venture Partners); Deron Curliss (Grant Thornton, LLP); Toni Sikes (formerly of The Guild/Artful Home); and Penelope Trunk (Brazen Careerist).
Special Feature: Fast Pitch Panel with Charlie Goff (New Capital Fund); Joe Hildebrandt (Phenomenelle Angels Fund); John Neis (Venture Investors); Judy Owen (Calumet Venture Fund); and Jim Pavlik (Baird Venture Partners).
On November 18, 2009, the fourth Equity Matters: The Route to NASDAQ Seminar took place in Dallas, TX, held at the Entrepreneurs For North Texas. See the day’s schedule (including the Fast-Pitch Panel, brought back after popular demand) here.
Featuring panelists and speakers: Jennifer Aplin (Texas Women Ventures Fund, LP); Terry Chase Hazell (Texas State University); Vicky Gunning (Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell LLP); Aassia Haq (ALUMRISE, Inc.); Whitney Johns Martin (Texas Women Ventures Fund, LP); Jean Meyer; Yvette Pacaccio (Capital One Bank); Alex Ramsey (Lodestar Universal); Steve Spalding (CSI Insurance Group); and Jeff Williams (Hunt Ventures).