Not all successful companies are funded by VCs; in fact, most VC firms have a narrow scope of company types in their portfolio. One firm may invest only in mobile consumer while another invests only in health tech, for example. There are many reasons for not going to VCs for funding. Your business maybe non-tech, hardware based, seasonal business, hits based, mature or declining industry, profitable growth model, exit scenarios are 5x profits not 50x growth, and you are not a white or Asian male his twenties & you may not fit what VCs look for in a successful entrepreneur using “Pattern matching”!
This OPEN panel brings together entrepreneurs who have built companies using alternative financing and have scaled their business for success. They will share with you how they started their business, who funded their idea and how they grew the business. They will take you through their journey sharing both ups and downs & how to do it!
Ahmad Khaishgi, President and CEO SquareTrade
Zulki Khan, CEO and founder of Nextlogic
Irfan Pardesi, Chairman Gladdington Pty, Ltd
Muhammad Irfan, President Whizz Systems, Inc
Zia Yusuf, Partner & Managing Director at The Boston Consulting