Group training and informal education sessions will be held on a bi-weekly basis (2nd and 4th Thursday of the month) at National Defense University, allowing any veteran entrepreneur to meet with experienced investors, fellow entrepreneurs, and business leaders. These seminars will help emerging veteran entrepreneurs to prepare for the October 29 Demo Day, while also facilitating the identification of up to 20 candidates who will participate in NDU Foundation’s Veterans Venture Forum Capstone Demo Day.

Session 1 August 8, 2013 • 5:00-7:00pm

Funding: Understanding the Options and Staging
a Smart Capital Plan for Successful Growth

Raising external capital for your company is a big decision. Understanding the various financing options from equity to debt, dilutive and non-dilutive capital and value of various sources of capital to the future growth of a business. What are the parameters to determine what you need when?  

Session 2 August 22, 2013 • 5:00-7:00pm

Financials: How to Present Your Data to Attract
Outside Investors

Solid financials are the single most important point of reference for your company, and often the most neglected. A company without good financials is not an attractive investment to investors no matter how good the idea is. So what do you need to get your financials right early and maintain good reporting habits crucial to attracting the capital you need?

Session 3 September 12, 2013 • 5:00-7:00pm

Leadership: The Savvy CEO Leverage of Expertise and Contacts through Boards of Directors,
Advisors and Investors

One of the greatest resources to growth companies is its people. Leadership means finding and utilizing the champions around you. Building the right board, setting the proper governance and habits in place early on and utilizing the human capital right in front of you will determine your success in bringing others to the table.

Session 4 September 26, 2013 • 5:00-7:00pm

Term Sheets & The Cap Table: The Crucial
Connection for Profitable Companies and
Winning Investors

Terms sheets and the cap table determines who gets rich and who doesn’t. It doesn’t make much sense to get outside capital if you have to give up too much of your company. But, it also doesn’t make sense not to take outside funding if you have no other way to fund your venture. Learn how to allocate shares to investors, employees or others.

Session 5 October 10, 2013 • 5:00-7:00pm

Intellectual Property Protection: The Value of Patents, Trademarks & Copyrights to Your Business

The greatest value to your company is IP however
the laws on IP are continuously changing. How do
companies get the most value out of their IP. And, how
do companies protect their most valuable asset to
maintain maximum value.

Session 6 October 24, 2013 • 5:00-7:00pm

Valuation and Price: What Are You Worth and
Who Decides?

Structuring and valuing a deal is simultaneously an art and a science. Learn the various methodologies used by investors to value early stage companies. Balance sheet, discounted cash flow, venture capital method, risk factor method.

October 29, 2013 • 8:30am-6:30pm

Veterans Venture Forum
Capstone Demo Day

Veteran Entrepreneurs selected for the Capstone Demo Day will be given an opportunity to make their pitch to a large group of angel investors. Each candidate will have 5 minutes, with an additional 10 minutes of questions from Investors. The ultimate goal for each participant is to spur interest from potential investors to provide funding to assist the veteran entrepreneur in the launch of a new
successful enterprise.

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