TechPoint Plans Entrepreneur Bootcamp

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TechPoint is planning an event to help startup executives and entrepreneurs develop high-growth strategies. The Entrepreneur Bootcamp is set for next month at Launch Fishers. September 26, 2013

News Release

INDIANAPOLIS (September 26, 2013) – Recent tech sector IPOs and acquisitions in Indianapolis -- like the $2.5 billion acquisition of ExactTarget -- have created at least a half-billion dollars in liquidity that might be reinvested into area startups if they are prepared to overcome the challenges and obstacles of the entrepreneurial growth stage.

TechPoint, Indiana’s tech growth initiative, will help 100 startup executives and entrepreneurs learn high-growth strategies during the next Entrepreneur Bootcamp presented by Ice Miller and sponsored by Milestone Advisors and FirstPerson on Oct. 11, at Launch Fishers in Fishers, Ind.

The Kauffman Foundation study of America’s innovative, high-growth businesses shows that most Inc. 500 firms are IT firms, and that only five other metro areas produced more Inc. 500 high-growth companies per capita than Indianapolis in the past 30 years.” Mike Langellier, president and CEO of TechPoint said “we hope to improve upon that ranking and most importantly empower a whole fleet of startup executives prepared to lead their companies into and through rapid growth.”

The agenda for this daylong workshop includes stories, strategies and tactics that growth-stage startups will find useful and immediately implementable, such as:

• Stories from the Trenches: “The Rise of Flat12 Bierwerks”

How Flat12 Bierwerks grew from a crazy idea into one of the hottest local breweries in Indy, with striking similarities to software-as-a-service and other tech startups.

o Fundraising

o Buying Out a Co-founder

o Product Considerations and Marketing

o Creating a Board of Directors

o Regulations and Licensing

o Distribution Channels

• Mock Investor Negotiation

• Protecting Yourself vs. Protecting the Business

• Human Resources and Employment Law: “The Do and Don’t List”

• Preparing for Funding: How Diagnotes Attracted Capital

• Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Companies Panel

• Growth-Stage Investors Panel

• "Ask the Experts" Small Group/1-on-1 Time

TechPoint's Entrepreneur Bootcamp for growth-stage startups is Oct. 11, at Launch Fishers in Fishers, Ind. It is open to the first 100 people who register at www.techpoint.org. The registration fee is $75 (plus credit card processing), which covers the costs of the facility, materials, breakfast, lunch, snacks, beverages, and beer and wine at the closing reception.

About Ice Miller

Founded in 1910, Ice Miller LLP is an Am Law 200 Firm with a nationally recognized reputation in many of its practice areas. Ice Miller offers a broad array of capabilities in virtually all areas of legal practice including: corporate, patents and trademarks, bankruptcy, lobbying, labor and employment, litigation, employee benefits, real estate, municipal finance and public law. With offices in Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, DuPage County, Ill., Indianapolis and Washington, D.C., the Firm has over 300 lawyers, 50 paraprofessionals, and 300 support staff members. For additional information, visit www.icemiller.com.

About TechPoint

TechPoint is Indiana’s technology initiative focused on being a powerful voice for Indiana’s tech sector through marketing and thought leadership, and being a catalyst for strategic growth initiatives -- specifically talent recruitment, entrepreneurship, and marketing tech and health information technology (HIT) cluster development. Visit www.techpoint.org for more information.

Source: TechPoint