The recently formed Piedmont Triad Entrepreneurial Network will host a half-day seminar and series of discussions about opportunities and obstacles in fund raising for business startups.

“The Road to Money – From the On Ramp to the Off Ramp” is the title for the latest in a series of quarterly EntreConnect events.

The Piedmont Entrepreneurs Network and the Triad Entrepreneurial Initiative merged last summer to form the new group.

Two separate panel discussions will discuss “On Ramp” strategies for fund raising as well as “Off Ramp” for exits.

Lou Anne Flanders-Stec, fund executive of the Piedmont Angel Network, will lead the on ramp discussion. Panel members include: Stephen Clossick, Tri State Investors Group; Tim Janke, Inception Micro Angel Fund; Mike Praeger, chief executive officer, Avid Xchange; and Scott Tobin, Synergy Venture Partners.

Jeff Segal, CEO, of Medical Justice, will lead the off ramp discussion. Panelists include: Joe Brower, managing director, Soles Brower Smith; Dave Gilroy, managing director, Hyde Park Capital; Ed Leary, president and CFO, ContraVac; Steve Schelhammer, former CEO of Accordant Health Systems; and Ron Stanley, CFO, Geneva Corporation.

Jerry Neal, executive vice president of marketing and strategic development for RF Micro Devices, will be the keynote speaker. He will discuss RF Micro’s progression of a company toward its initial public stock offering in 1997.

“The paradox is that investors won’t put you on the road unless they understand where the off ramp is,” the group said in promoting the session. “The shorter the distance to the off ramp exit, the more they will like your company and more your company will be worth.”

The session starts at 8 AM at the Grandover Resort and Conference Center in Greensboro.

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