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Berkeley Entrepreneurs Forum
Thursday, August 30, 2012 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (PDT)
2012-13 Angel & Venture Capital Financing Overview
The beginning of 2012 saw continued strength in the early stage financing environment with valuations and the number of financings increasing, a trend that continued from 2011. However, as the year has progressed concerns about an over-heated investment market have been replaced with a perception of a weakening funding environment. 2011 was viewed by some as the year of the founder/entrepreneur and by others as the year of the “tech bubble” and excess valuations, with many more new angels expected to enter the market following the IPOs of several high profile companies. However, in 2012 venture investment appears to have softened considerably and may be in a state of transition with the funding environment less robust. In addition, the renewed strength of the public and secondary trading markets seen in 2011 has abated somewhat following Facebook’s IPO and the US and world economies remain weak.
Against this backdrop, the VC industry is undergoing profound changes and seed/angel funds have become more active than ever before. Please join our panel of expert angel and venture capital investors for a look at early stage investing during the past year and what the future investment environment holds. The presentation will also include a review of the key metrics for venture capital investments/exits and critical VC term sheet terms for Q2 2012. This will be a thought provoking and informative session you will not want to miss!