Working Capital to Build the Future

Capital Raise Workshop

Getting a company off the ground, or expanding into the larger marketplace, requires a strong management team, a compelling business plan and message, appropriate financing, and supportive investors.  The workshop will help you refine your message and better understand the capital raise process so you can attract and work with the right investors.  We offer this event twice a year.

Workshop Details

Date:  Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Location:   Foley & Lardner LLP, 321 N. Clark St., Chicago IL 60654
Time:   9am to 5pm Workshop | 5pm to 6pm Reception
Cost:   $200 per company fee, which includes lunch and reception
Application: Please send a short company description or executive summary to Suzanne Reade, [email protected].

Who Should Attend

Self-starters seeking capital to expand or start their business.  The workshop fee is a per company fee, and we encourage participating companies to send their CEO and management team, or founder and key advisor.  A company can obtain the best results from the workshop by participating as a team.  We usually accept up to seven companies, and no more than eight.

What You Will Learn

  • Key elements of an effective pitch.
  • Important legal issues that can be obstacles to investment.
  • How angel investors view your company.
  • The appropriate type of capital for your company.
  • Potential term sheet pitfalls.
  • Valuation approaches.
  • Governance and investor communications.


Our faculty and coaches will be drawn from our sponsor, Foley & Lardner LLP, and our investors members.  We also invite one or two guest coaches who have substantial business experience.  Previous workshop coaches are listed in a separate workshop bio information on our website (include link).  Current workshop coach profiles will be listed prior to the workshop.

Chicago ArchAngels

We are an active local angel group that invests in innovative start ups.  Our investors are primarily interested in late seed stage or Series A companies, and presenting companies cover a range of industries.  Although most of the companies are from the region, we include companies from other areas of the country.  Typically, the selected companies are seeking $500,000 to $3 million in their current round.   Many of our members are entrepreneurs.