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Speaker Series: Startup Funding

Los Angeles, CA • October 21, 2014

The Los Angeles Chapter of Ellevate Network is thrilled to bring you another evening of education, networking and cocktails. Please join us for a panel on the topic of various startup funding avenu...

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM EDT

MakerCity LA
1933 S. Broadway
11th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90007

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The Los Angeles Chapter of Ellevate Network is thrilled to bring you another evening of education, networking and cocktails. Please join us for a panel on the topic of various startup funding avenues featuring Julia Dilts (Investor), Klara Bergman (Strategic Capital Funding Advisor) and Robert Whyte of EB5 Direct 9 (EB5 Expert). The panel will be moderated by Laurelle Johnson (Startup Coach). Bios of the panelists can be seen below.

Date: October 21, 2014
Time: 7-9pm
Location: MakerCity LA, 1933 S. Broadway, 11th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Parking: The adjacent lot is $5 after 5:30pm and there is free, metered street parking around the building

7-8pm Networking
8-9pm Discussion Panel


Angel Investor, Julia Dilts
Wild Horse Labs

Julia Dilts is the CEO & Co-Founder of Wild Horse Labs, the idea-to-exit training lab for startups.Created by Southern California-based Maverick Angels, they help entrepreneurs attract funding and receive essential resources beyond capital. From individuals starting out with a brilliant idea to fast-paced early-stagers seeking funding from angel investors, Wild Horse Labs offers a powerhouse of connections, education and mentorship to entrepreneurs who are open to learning new and innovate ways to build something bigger and better.

Before Julia’s work with Wild Horse Labs, she was the Co-Owner of Dilts Ventures, a corporate management consulting firm with an entrepreneurial approach to business. Julia and her husband, John, advised corporate giants such as Nestle USA, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, Fiat and Kraft Foods, in areas such as entrepreneurial training within the corporate culture; innovative approaches to product development & market-entry strategies and visionary leadership.

For more information on Wild Horse Labs, see:

Strategic Capital Funding Advisor, Klara Bergman
The K. Bergman Group, LLC

Klara Bergman is the Founder and Principal of The K. Bergman Group, LLC, a boutique investment firm located in Thousand Oaks, California. Over the course of her career as a real estate and technology syndicator and investor, she raised over $150 million in private equity for the acquisition and development of startup companies and commercial real estate investments acquiring and managing a portfolio of 33 shopping centers throughout Southern California.

Klara has been honored by numerous business organizations for her leadership and entrepreneurial skills; named Outstanding Business Woman by the American Business Women’s Association and Woman of the Year by the Foundation for Home Ownership Education, and nominated for Outstanding Business Woman of the Year by the San Fernando Valley Business Journal in 2009. She earned the Growing Companies Award from the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce.

For more information on Klara, see:

EB5 Investor, Robert Whyte
EB5USA Direct

Robert Whyte founded Good Time Beverages to bring the best premade "Cocktails to GO®" to the world in his patented FlexPouch™. Robert came to this venture because after a twenty one year career in investment banking and financial services, he wanted to be in a fun, growing business that he operated.

EB5USADirect was founded from the financing of Good Time Beverages as a Direct EB5 Investment; some $2 million was raised through EB5USADirect. Equity or growth capital with reverse dilution and possible international expansion. A win win for all involved.

In 2002, Robert founded the Los Angeles office of Morgan Joseph & Co. as Managing Partner, specialized in SPAC's, PIPE's, high yield debt, institutional private equity or IPO's.

Before moving to Los Angeles, Robert was a partner in the Media and Broadcast Group of RBC Daniels and Associates based in New York City. Historically, Robert was one of the founding partners of Home Shopping Network and in 1986, led the company as its CEO through its Initial Public Offering on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the US Company on the American Stock Exchange. Robert holds Series 7, 63 and General Principals Series 24 NASD/SEC licenses.

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Moderator & Coach, Laurelle Johnson
Strategies For Growth

Leveraging her background as an executive, strategist and communications specialist, Laurelle Johnson prepares startup entrepreneurs to seek funds from venture capitalists, angel investors and crowd funding campaigns. Laurelle is particularly interested in collaborating with technology, mobile and ecommerce entrepreneurs.

Her focus is on perfecting the startup’s marketing to prospective investors and getting the owners ready for conversations with investors including business model review, collateral content and pitching.

In addition to her work with startups, Laurelle has 20 years of Fortune 500 sales and management experience that includes securing $300+ million in contracts, increasing annual sales 800% and personally closing deals up to $75 million. She has a Pepperdine MBA and a BA in Communication.

Her business experience, both at high corporate levels and as an entrepreneur, puts her in an ideal position to craft messages that bridge the communication gap between visionary entrepreneurs and discriminating investors.

For more information on Laurelle, see:

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