Capital Saving and Raising at the Brink

AlphaTech Counsel hosted the Capital Saving and Raising event at the Brink Lounge on August 22, 2011 as part of the Forward Technology Festival 2011. Sponsors for the event were PrimeMetrix, Shoutlet, Cresa Partners, BDO, SupraNet, Flatt Cola, and

Capital Saving

During the first portion of the event, we broke into six groups to develop ideas for saving capital. Here is a summary of many of the ideas from the groups:

Capital Raising

During the capital raising portion of the event, we covered a number of topics ranging from raising money angel investors, friends and family, and strategic partners and customers to working with government agencies and not profits. During the discussions, many of the speakers referenced or alluded to many resources, blogs, and information sharing events. Below is a summary of many of them:


Fred Wilson’s blog
Brad Feld’s blog
Chris Dixon’s blog
Mark Suster's blog
Paul Graham's blog
Dave McClure’s blog (B2C)
Joel York’s blog (Chaotic Flow)(B2B)
AlphaTech Counsel’s blog


Capital Entrepreneurs
Illinois Technology Association
Tech Nexus
MidVentures (Chicago)


Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist
Friends and Family Financing Round,, and
Getting the Right Introductions:
Bridge Financing Documents
Standard Angel Financing Transaction Documents
Due Diligence and Corporate Clean Up in Private Offerings
Capital-raising Term Sheets for Angels and Venture Capitalists
Securities Compliance is Part of Raising Capital
Using Placement Agents in Private Offerings


Wisconsin Angel Network
Small Business Development Center
Small Business Innovation Research programs
Madison Development Corporation loans
Technology Venture Fund loans - Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
Angel Investment Tax Credit Program - Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
Thrive funding opportunities search:
Federal grants:
SBA loan programs
UW-Madison Office of Corporate Relations
Wisconsin Entrepreneurs Network


94Labs (Milwaukee-Madison)
Excelerate Labs (Chicago)


Venture Capital and Mergers and Acquisition Glossary
National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) Model Legal Documents
American Bar Association's comments to the NVCA term sheet: