Money, Money, Money, Money!

The UVEF funding panel discussion was attended by around 65 eager entrepreneur types who lingered well after the event to connect. Led by Brock Blake, CEO of FundingUniverse, this was a perfect group of experts for our audience at various stages of development.

•    Robb Kunz, (BoomStartup, Olympus Angels, VentureBlue Capital)
•    Steve Grizzell (InnoVentures Capital)
•    Steve Price (Utah Deputy Director for the SBA)
•    Tony Horsley, Peterson Partners
•    Warren Osborne, Stoneway Capital, Utah Angels

Serving funding needs from $50k up into the tens of $millions, there were diverse viewpoints on what works and when in the world of funding startup companies. However, on one question they all agreed.

Mark Stoddard, educator and cleantech entrepreneur asked: “Please give us your views on the most important trait of success exhibited by new companies?”

Answer: the management team

Robb Kunz – “chemistry among management team”
Steve Grizzell – “relevant skills among management”
Steve Price – “people”
Tony Horsley – “back the right people”
Warren Osborne – “focus on the jockey”

About the Author:

As founder of PilmerPR, John Pilmer, APR serves as a PR and marketing communications advisor for both emerging and established companies. He offers customers more than 20 years of results-driven business PR and marketing experience. John and the firm have provided PR consultation and campaigns for clients such as Mozy, Novell, AdvancedMD, Certiport, NextPage, ElectraTherm, Altiris, Avamar, EmergeCore Networks, FSLogic, INVISUS, 10x Marketing, MWI, Project Insight, REIC, Seastone, US Synthetic and Funding Universe (now Lendio), among others.
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