What are the different stages of the lifecycle of a business and how to plan them successfully? What do you do when your business needs support to grow? How do you plan your future development by securing external funding? What are the key success factors that will help any business to secure financial backings?
Title Sponsor:About the Event: Brought to you by CanCham's Entrepreneur and Small Business Committee and the Young Professionals CommitteeThis First Part of the "From Seed to Exit” Series will focus on:What are the different stages of the lifecycle of a business and how to plan them successfully? What do you do when your business needs support to grow? How do you plan your future development by securing external funding? What are the key success factors that will help any business to secure financial backings? For start-ups and companies, funding and capital-raising are a continuous process. As the company grows, expansion requirements erode capital. For this reason the company finds itself raising more than one round of external financial investments. During the different rounds, the complexity of the deal increases as well as the valuation. More mature companies will have the cash flow and the soft attributes to justify such valuations and thus allow them to raise millions in equity funding without exchanging the whole remaining equity of the founders. The founders will retain smaller percentages of the equity that, due to the valuation, are however worth much more. This First Talk of the New Series will discuss and present the importance of the understanding of the business lifecycle for every entrepreneur and small business owner. Target AudienceThis presentation will interest members who have reached a crossroads in the development of their business and want to hear practical insights on decisions they must make to move to the next stage of development. The talk is targeted at businesses in the early to mid-stage of development. However, it will be beneficial to investment managers and private investors who support the growth of the SME ecosystem. Talk Outline: "The Funding Roadmap of a Business: How to Succeed at Different Steps” Growing your business from infancy to maturity poses many challenges. At the early stages, you may need money to continue to pursue your ideas. At a later stage, you may require additional financing to grow faster than your competitors and capture the market. You may also need money when times are difficult and not everything is going according to the plan. Different points need to be considered at different stages. Considerations include: Surviving the early stage Having a funding plan for the future Understanding the different funding methods Always consider your shareholders The talk will be followed by an interactive Q & A session chaired by a moderator.About the Speaker: The Canadian Chamber is pleased to have Mr. Alain V Fontaine, Partner at Ocean Equity Partners, to talk to our members and guests on this subject. Mr. Alain V Fontaine, Partner at Ocean Equity Partners, to talk to our members and guests on this subject. Alain V Fontaine is a Partner at Ocean Equity Partners. He is also an Executive Director and a Board member of the Hong Kong Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (HKVCA).Alain V Fontaine has been working in Asia in Private Equity investment (corporate and institutional) for most of the last 20 years, sourcing and executing investment transactions and managing investment portfolios. Mr. Fontaine worked for CDP Capital-Communications (a private equity arm of the Quebec pension fund known as CDPQ) from 1998 to the end of 2003, when CDPQ decided to stop its activities in Asia. He and his team from Hong Kong, Korea and Japan made direct private equity investments in the region and managed CDP’s investments in regional and country funds. He also worked for On Capital, a China-focused Private Equity fund and for Investel Asia, a family office focused on the TMT sectors.On the operations side, Mr. Fontaine, a Professional Engineer (telecom), worked for Bell Canada and its subsidiaries in Canada, Africa and Asia for the first 17 years of his career. He was also the founding President and COO of Bell Ardis in 1988 (a jv with Motorola) and the CEO of the Newcom Group in Mongolia in 2007 – 08.In 2013, Mr Fontaine joined Ocean Equity Partners, a private equity fund manager that specializes in industrial, manufacturing, retail, TMT, and other sectors in Greater China.Mr. Fontaine holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Sherbrooke, Canada.Introduction: "From Seed to Exit” New Series 2013-2014 #This Series brings current and aspiring entrepreneurs, small/micro business owners and start-ups, including young professionals who are on the learning path to becoming entrepreneurs together to share experiences about the challenges they face in establishing and operating a business in Hong Kong and in the Asia Pacific Region. In summary the Series will be helpful to those who are looking for new ideas, different business strategies, solutions to business problems, or more profitable ways of doing things in general. Schedule of the Series:1. October 23, 2013 - The Funding Roadmap for Start-ups by Alain V Fontaine, Partner, Ocean Equity Partners 2. November 13, 2013 - An Angel Investor: "Angel Funding for Entrepreneurs” by Tytus Michalski, Managing Director, Fresco Capital Advisors 3. November 26, 2013 The Perils of Partnership by Pádraig Walsh, Partner of Bird & Bird (China and Hong Kong) 4. 1st Quarter, 2014: A Case Study: How Did I Successfully Raise Seed/Angel money? 5. 1st Quarter, 2014: Crowdfunding Platforms for Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses and Why does Hong Kong need Equity Crowdfunding 6. 1st Quarter, 2014: Quarter, 2014: Planning Strategies 7. 2nd Quarter, 2014: Marketing Strategies 8. 2nd Quarter, 2014: Exit Strategy: How do I manage an exit of the business I created? What are the different options? Private Equity sale / IPO / Trade sale? Join us to enjoy thisExcellent Opportunity to Network with Like-Minded, Friendly People at the Canadian Chamber of CommerceREGISTER NOW!
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