Working Capital to Build the Future

Capital Raise Workshop

The Capital Raise Workshop will discuss how to approach raising capital for your startup.

Date: Wednesday May 28th, 2014
Time: 8:30 – 5:00 (5 – 6:30 review & reception)
Cost: $220 per company
Host: Law firm of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP
Location: 2 Prudential Plaza, 180 N. Stetson, Chicago, IL, 60601

Who is Chicago ArchAngels?

Chicago ArchAngels comprises entrepreneurs, fund managers, investors, and business executives who invest in startups and lend expertise through contacts or business experience as needed. The group meets monthly to hear companies pitch for funding. These companies operate in a wide array of industries after proof of concept and customer validation. Typically, presenters seek to raise between $1–3 million.

What is this one-day Workshop?

The Chicago ArchAngels is holding a seminar to help entrepreneurs navigate the maze of raising the appropriate capital for their startup. Just getting a company off the ground or expanding requires the right kind of financing. In order to attract smart investors who can also act as “sounding boards,” entrepreneurs cannot afford to waste time using poorly prepared pitches with unclear business and financing objectives.

Who are the Coaches?

  • Paul Jones and Paul Jenny of the Venture Best group within Michael Best & Friedrich
  • Charles McDonald – experienced investor, investment management executive, and entrepreneur
  • Justin Alden – consultant, investor at Wianno Capital
  • Deborah Morrin – Kase Orion
  • Cliff Turner – Heartland Angels
  • Marc Grens – RCM
  • Others TBD

Who Should Attend?

This workshop is designed for entrepreneurs seeking capital to expand or to simply start their business.

Why Attend?

After the workshop, you’ll be able to answer:

  • What makes an effective pitch
  • What is the investor’s perspective
  • What is the appropriate type of capital
  • What are potential term sheet pitfalls
  • How to arrive at the right valuation
  • How do I structure good governance
  • What are potential legal issues

How to Attend

A maximum of 10 companies will be selected to attend. Apply to the workshop by sending a short company description or an executive summary to Suzanne Reade: [email protected].


The fee to attend this workshop is $220 per company in order to cover the materials and reception for company management. The workshop coaches and the hosting law firm of Michael Best & Friedrich are not being compensated for this event.