June’s Refresh: Startups and Funding: Featuring angel investor Mark Bandy and an overview TAG’s Economic Gardening program

by Kevin Lawver on May 26, 2010

Yeah, I know I put up a poll and everything and asked you what you wanted to cover, but I’m going to pretend that was for the future and not for June. Why? Because I went out and got an actual angel investor, Mark Bandy, to come talk to us about starting a business, when to seek funding and what the angel funding process is like. Yeah, I know!

We have to push June’s Refresh back a week to fit his schedule, but I think it’s worth this one time to disrupt the normal schedule. So, June’s Refresh will be June 22nd at 7pm at Thincspace!!

And since the beer went over so well last time, if someone would like to sponsor the evening, you’ll get a chance to make your pitch (about 3 minutes) to the assembled throng and all you have to provide is some refreshments. If you’re interested, send me an e-mail (kevin@lawver.net).

We still need volunteers to present for July and August – so if you’re like to present on one of the topics (someone’s already volunteered to cover Agile Development, so NoSQL is up for grabs, or anything else you want to talk about), ping me at the e-mail address above. Remember, you don’t need to be an expert, and if you’re not used to presenting in front of crowds, friendly groups like Refresh are great places to practice. You won’t find a friendlier audience, or one more willing to pitch in and help out if you get stuck. So, if you’d like to eventually speak at industry conferences, I highly recommend speaking at Refresh!

I hope to see you all in June!

Update: And as a last minute addition, weâll have a short presentation by Kevin Johnson from the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG for short). They recently launched an economic development program called Economic Gardening here in the Coastal Region that focuses on growing small businesses, specifically high-tech or tech-enabled businesses. Angels really like this program because it focuses on getting companies the best marketing research on the market âsomething that according to local angel investor, Ray Wenig, is the most lacking part of business plans he receives. And, because the services offered by the program are subsided by government, they are really affordable. So itâs a great tie-in. Oh, and TAG is helping with the food and drinks, too!!