Every year, venture capital firms invest billions into financing start-ups. But what exactly do VCs do behind the scenes, and how strong are their returns? Besides the potential for financial losses, what risks do VC firms incur?
Join Steven Neil Kaplan, Neubauer Family Distinguished Service Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance and Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Faculty Director, in San Francisco, where he will discuss his recent research on venture capital performance, and how successful VCs make decisions.
Following the Q&A, Professor Kaplan will share an overview of one of the highest-ranking university accelerator programs in the country, the Edward L. Kaplan, ’71, New Venture Challenge (NVC). This portion of the event will showcase highlights of the NVC during the last 21 years. Additionally, two investor-ready UChicago start-ups with plans to scale will present in a demo day format. Both start-ups, whose presenters are listed below, have successfully leveraged the NVC program as a springboard for launching their businesses.
Thursday, January 26, 2017
W San Francisco
181 3rd Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
7:00 PM - Registration
7:30 PM - Professor Kaplan Lecture on “Decisions and Performance in VC” and Q&A
8:15 PM - Demo Day Pitches
(Andi Hadisutjipto, ’16, of Riviter, and Dane Guarino, ’16, and Lance Larsen, current student, of Markit Medical)
9:00 PM - Reception
General Public $50
This event is being done in collaboration with the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.