Note: The Skinny blog is written by Rick Smith, editor and co-founder of WRAL Tech Wire and business editor of

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – Entrepreneurs around the Triangle and southeast often complain, and do so loudly, that there’s a lack of investment capital for new firms.

Then when the chances come to get “face time” with potential investors, they don’t show up.

Well, it’s time to quit complaining and start showing up at some of the events where people and organizations really are trying to link the suits with the money to the startups wanting to escape from their garages, basements and temporary spaces.

One such event is set for June 9 when Southern Capitol Ventures hosts the latest in its “Entrepreneur Series.” This time the focus is on angel investing, and the Raleigh-based venture capital firm is hosting a panel discussion with four angels who are deal seeking.

Southern Capitol’s Jason Caplain and David Jones drew a sellout crowd for their event last week that included four out-of-state VCs, all with strong Silicon Valley connections. The entrepreneurs who showed up heard first hand a great deal of advice about startups and the difficult path to funding. Then they were able to talk one-on-one with the VCs.

This time, the focus is on the real early-stage funding when companies are ready to move from friends and family. The angels will talk about how to make pitches to them, what their criteria are for making a deal, and what the latest trends in the so-called “deal flow” are that attract their interests.

The panelists are:

• Bruce Boehm, former General Partner, US Venture Partners
• Steve Vanderwoude, investor in Spring Metrics and Argyle Social. Former board chair of Merscom (acquired by Playdom)
• Andy Dreyfuss, Fund Executive, Piedmont Angel Network, investors in Aldagen and Batanga
• Ken Paulus, Director, IMAF-Charlotte,- a $2 million angel fund based in Charlotte, NC
The event begins at 7:45 a.m. at the Brier Creek Country Club. The cost is $39.

Register here. Some seats remain.

Other events that entrepreneurs should attend include the quarterly venture capital briefing by PricewaterhouseCoopers and any number of events put on by CED as well as the state’s SBTDC.

So if you have a business and need investors, quit griping – go shopping.

(Note: Capitol Broadcasting, the parent of WRAL Tech Wire, is an investor in Southern Capitol.)

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