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i2E is pleased to offer two free workshops for entrepreneurs and investors during the second week of November that will feature our lead Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Bill Payne. The workshops — November 9 in Tulsa and November 10 in Oklahoma City — will focus on starting, growing and valuing high growth companies. Here’s a brief preview of each workshop:
November 9, Tulsa: 9am-2pm
“Starting and Funding High Growth, High Impact Companies” will look at the startup process from an entrepreneur’s perspective. Bill will cover critical issues that face startups, including access to capital sources, debt versus equity, exits, writing effective business plans, creating “fundable” companies, choosing key advisors, term sheets and company valuation.
The workshop will be conducted at One Technology Center, 100 South Cincinnati, Tulsa, beginning at 9 a.m. and concluding at 2 p.m.
Bill Payne is an active angel investor, board member, and advisor to entrepreneurs. He assisted in founding four angel groups: the Frontier Angel Fund (2005), Tech Coast Angels (San Diego – 2000), Vegas Valley Angels (2003) and Aztec Venture Network (1999).
For three decades, Bill Payne has successfully founded or invested in over 50 start-up companies, including: Solid State Dielectrics, Inc. in 1971 (an electronic materials company he founded and sold to E. I. DuPont in 1982), Novacap, Inc. in 1980 (a $100 million manufacturer of ceramic capacitors now operating as a stand-alone unit within Dover Companies), Vista Staffing Solutions, Inc. in 1990 (a private $60 million company providing temporary placement of physicians), and Email Publishing in 1996 (a venture-funded company merged into DoubleClick, Inc. – DCLK: Nasdaq).
From 1995 to 2007 in his role with as an Entrepreneur in Residence with the Kauffman Foundation (Kansas City), he worked on educational programs for entrepreneurs and their investors, including www.eVenturing.com and the Power of Angel Investing seminar series. He has also been actively engaged in the formation and startup of the Angel Capital Education Foundation and the Angel Capital Association. Bill was awarded the prestigious 2009 Hans Severiens Memorial Award for Outstanding Contribution to Angel Investing. Bill served as the 2010 BNZ University of Auckland Entrepreneur-in-Residence in New Zealand from February through June 2010, his fourth visit to New Zealand. In November 2010, Bill was named the 2010 New Zealand Arch Angel, the highest Kiwi angel award.
Bill graduated with BS and MS degrees in Ceramic Engineering from the University of Illinois, where he has served on the Dean’s Board of Visitors of the College of Engineering. All together, Bill has over 120 years of Board service for private companies and not-for-profit organizations. He currently serves as advisor to several start-up companies. His eBook, the Definitive Guide to Raising Money from Angels is available on his website at www.billpayne.com.