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Entrepreneurs Workshop: Incubators & Accelerators vs Doing It on My Own

Wharton | San Francisco and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati host a breakfast discussion featuring Canice Wu, President of Plug and Play and Renata Streit Quintini, a partner at Felicis Ventures.

Friday, April 19, 2013

In the last few years, the landscape of financing alternatives for seed-stage companies has become lot more complicated for founders. In particular, the number of incubators and accelerators supporting startups in the Bay Area alone has exploded. Our speakers - Canice Wu, the President of Plug and Play; and Renata Streit Quintini, a partner at Felicis Ventures - in a moderated "armchair discussion", will address many of the vexing questions that founders and entrepreneurs must answer when launching a company. The core of the discussion will center around whether a startup can be better served by joining up with an incubator/accelerator, or by simply going it alone and building from the ground up with support from an experienced investor.

Plug and Play Tech Center is an iconic and long established global accelerator that specializes in growing tech startups. Headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, Plug and Play's network includes over 300 tech startups, 180 investors and a community of leading universities and corporate partners. Click here to learn more about Canice Wu.

Felicis Ventures is a prominent and highly publicized boutique venture firm that concentrates on funding seed stage companies mostly in the pre-revenue phase. Since 2006 when the firm was formed, it has invested in over 100 early stage companies. Click here to learn more about Renata Streit Quintini.

Event Schedule:
  • 7:30 AM  Sign in and registration / continental breakfast
  • 7:45 AM  Workshop presentation, questions and discussion
  • 9:00 AM  Main Program concludes
  • 9:10 AM  Startup company question and answer forum

Main presentation will conclude sharply at 9 AM. However, if you would like to discuss additional aspects of organizing and running an early stage company, whether or not related to the day's topic, Herb Fockler, a partner in the Business Law Group with WSGR, will host a free-form question and answer session after the presentation until 10 AM to give his thoughts and otherwise assist with entrepreneurship matters.

Register Online
Friday, April 19, 2013
7:30am - 9:00am 
Location: Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, 650 Page Mill Rd, Palo Alto, CA
Cost:  Free to attend. Registration deadline: April 12, 2013.

Not able to Attend? Webcast!
The presentation will be webcast live on April 19 for those who are unable to attend in person. Bookmark This Link to view the live webcast later.

For questions and more information, please contact Allison Grant at agrant@wharton.upenn.edu

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