Every month the Northwest Entrepreneur Network (NWEN) receives a dozen or more requests for investor introductions from startups looking to raise money. This proves what investors say…”cash is king” or “cash is more important than your mother.” You understand. Startups need cash and often they’re willing to give away equity to get it. Does that sound like you? Terrific, NWEN can help. But you’re going to have to earn it.
Twice a year NWEN throws an exclusive, invite-only investor showcase called First Look Forum. Scores of investors (angels and VCs) show up. First, there’s an executive summary competition that leads to rounds of coaching from top serial entrepreneurs and investors. Second, pitch coaching. And finally, 12 never-before-seen by angel eyes early-stage growth-oriented startups from every segment of innovation in the Pacific Northwest get to stand up and make their case. It’s a great event and for many startups its the ONE shot they’ll get to stand in front of investors. Success stories from this showcase include: Booktrope (Katherine Sears), ir2020 (Ken Watson), Location Genome (Mariah Zhang), and Chocolopolis (Lauren Adler).
On Monday, July 30th NWEN will close on Early Bird applications for First Look Forum. Four weeks later is the close of final applications (8/27). Why submit an early application? ThreeCouple reasons. One) NWEN gets to know you and your business. What’s the saying about investors? They invest in the people as much as the business, so being on a personal level with a tuned-in organization like NWEN. Two) Multiple rounds of feedback. The earlier apply, the more feedback you get. Iterate, iterate, iterate! Three) Early bird reception hosted by Davis Wright Tremaine on Wednesday, August 1st. Meet the steering committee, coaches, and gather direct best practices from the top tier. It’s a no brainer. Get us your applications and we’ll get you the help you need to make them good.