Marketing Your Venture to Investors

Marketing Roundtable

April 24, 2013: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Growing enterprises frequently rely on an infusion of capital from equity investors at various stages of their development. Learn from Jeffrey Carter, founder of Hyde Park Angels, what it takes to successfully market your venture to Angel Investors and Venture Capitalists.


Gleacher Center
Room 100
450 Cityfront Plaza
Chicago, Illinois

Event Details

Growing enterprises frequently rely on an infusion of capital from equity investors at various stages of their development. Early stage ventures typically seek Angel Investor funding to establish themselves and prove the business model. A later stage enterprise can benefit from Venture Capital to build scale and penetrate the market.

Chicago is emerging as a dynamic hub for entrepreneurship, angel investing and venture capital. The new 1871 incubator, Google Mobility, Groupon, and others are contributing to this activity. And, Hyde Park Angels, with its roots in the University of Chicago, joins a growing list of angel investor networks that are providing the funding to seed early stage ventures.

Our presentation will cover –

  • The special marketing challenges faced by early stage ventures – how to get your first customer and gain credibility in the marketplace
  • How to match your enterprise and growth plan with the ideal source of funding. Angel or Venture Capital? Equity or debt?
  • What to look for in an investor
  • What investors look for – how to prove the value of your enterprise and business model
  • Making the pitch – Do’s and don’ts of approaching investors


$15.00 includes food.  Cash bar available.


Register Online

Deadline: 4/23/2013


6:00 PM-7:00 PM: Registration & Networking

7:00 PM-8:30 PM: Presentation & Discussion

8:30 PM-9:00 PM: Additional Networking

Speaker Profiles

Jeffrey Carter (Speaker)
Angel Investor, Founder and Board of Directors, Hyde Park Angels

Jeffrey Carter is the co-founder of Hyde Park Angels in Chicago and currently is Treasurer and serves on the Board. He has active investments in Alltuition, Brilliant, Ycharts, UICO, Dabble, Tallgrassbeef, Desktime, KapowEvents, SupplyVision, Smarteys, and Noblivity. He was formerly invested in Gradebeam, and FeeFighters until they exited.

Jeff is a former member of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Board of Directors where he was an independent trader since 1988. He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Business in Champaign, and received his MBA from the Booth Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago. Jeff serves on the Board of Trustees of the National World War Two Museum, and the Midwest Research University Network.


Scott McGarvey