Calling all entrepreneurs, investors, mentors, graduate students and more! Jordan Dorenfeld, MBA Fellow for Operating Venture Capital LLC Tulane Finance and Energy MBA Candidate, Class of 2014, and the New Orleans BioInnovation Center (NOBIC) are hosting the first ever Venture Capital and Private Equity Conference of Southern Louisiana on October 18th, 2013.
“I see a huge opportunity in having an exclusive speaker/networking event that creates buzz and connections for New Orleans-based businesses for years to come,” said Dorenfeld.
Dorenfeld said he is creating the pitch day without the pitching, just good quality speakers, networking and fun over cocktails in New Orleans. Plus, he continued, it’s a chance for the best of the best to meet one-on-one with investors and mentors.
Three activities will take place during the conference, including a panel discussion on getting a company ready for investors, an idea contest focused on how to retain and scale southern Louisiana-based businesses, and a networking social to follow.
Panelists will explain what they needed to get done to raise capital and share stories about their time as fundraisers in the venture capital and private equity spaces. Panelists include: Nicholas Perkin, Elliot Sainer, Kenneth Purcell, Susan Dauber and special guest moderator Jonathan York.
The idea contest will allow participants to pitch for up to seven minutes on how to retain and scale businesses in southern Louisiana. After a 15-minute question and answer session, the winner will be announced and their idea will be a challenge to the audience and community.
Dorenfeld would like to give a special thanks to the following: World Trade Center New Orleans, Dominik Knoll (Tulane MBA ’10), Chris Schultz, Operating Venture Capital LLC, Jeffrey Silverman (Tulane ’89), Michael Gollner (Tulane ’80), Jeremy Hunnewell, Pacific Child & Family Associates, Mark Dorenfeld, Kimberly Dorenfeld, Dr. John Elstrott, Nicolas Perkin (Tulane ’94), Elliot Sainer, Dr. Jonathan York, Tom Spiers (Tulane MBA ’01), Susan Dauber, Kenneth Purcell, Charlie Romaine, Dr. Jenee Slocum, Peter Bodenheimer, Clayton White, Joel Yarmon (Tulane MBA ’08), Dr. Bo Turner, Ray Capp, Robert Mouton (Tulane ‘85 and MBA ’89), Amith Nagarajan, Jimmy Roussel, Peter Ricchiuti, Jeff Harris, Seth Kadushin, Loren Giardina, Mike Eckert, Candice Black, Mark Graffagnini, Jason Seidman, Julia Ballard, Matt Wisdom, Chris Laibe, Zak Schwartzman (Tulane ’05), and Dan Pierson (Tulane ’08).