CT-SPIN #56: Agile Venture Creation

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Martin Wright was unfortunately not able to present the talk and kindly arranged Dan Leech to stand in.

Dan joined Cape Venture Partners in 2008 and has since helped a number of technology businesses to raise capital from VC’s and angel investors. At this month’s event Dan will examine why Venture Capitalists are more impressed with a rapidly developed prototype than a 100 page business plan. We’ll take a look at real examples of what impresses a VC and what doesn’t and why it’s so important to adopt Agile if you’re going to be successful in attracting funding.

Slides: Agile Venture Creation.pdf

Snacks kindly sponsored by ScrumSense.

Wednesday, 21 April 2010, 18h15
Bandwidth Barn
Cape Town

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Venue

Bandwidth Barn
125 Buitengracht Street
Cape Town

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Agenda

18:15 Welcoming and Introduction
   Marius de Beer
18:20 Agile Venture Creation
   Dan Leech
19:20 Closing and Thanks
   Marius de Beer
19:25 Networking & Discussion

Abstract

Agile Venture Creation

Dan joined Cape Venture Partners in 2008 and has since helped a number of technology businesses to raise capital from VC’s and angel investors. At this month’s event Dan will examine why Venture Capitalists are more impressed with a rapidly developed prototype than a 100 page business plan. We’ll take a look at real examples of what impresses a VC and what doesn’t and why it’s so important to adopt Agile if you’re going to be successful in attracting funding.

Speaker Profile

Dan Leech

Dan joined Cape Venture Partners in 2008 and has since helped a number of technology businesses to raise capital from VC’s and angel investors. Dan previously worked as a strategy consultant at Hollard, MAC Consulting & Accenture and co-founded a niche consultancy. Dan holds a Business Science degree from UCT with majors in Information Systems and Economics. He is currently a judge on the CTEC 2010 panel, has lectured at Wits Business School and advised leading businesses in the UK, Australia and South Africa, including Sainsbury’s, Edcon, Anglo American, Gold Fields and SASOL.

Martin Wright

Martin Wright began his IT career in Cape Town as programmer in the early 80’s. He spent 14 years in the US where he was an executive at the successful NASDAQ listed Claremont Technology Group. He then went on to be the co-founder and CEO of Emerald Solutions, a fast growing internet services company for which he raised over US$ 40 million of venture capital. Martin is currently a partner at Cape Venture Partners, a company which specializes in providing strategic advice to high technology companies. In addition, Martin is Group CEO of Psitek (Pty) Ltd a company specializing in developing technologies for emerging markets. Martin also serves on the Board of getClosure and KeySafe SA.