Burke, Burgmaier to Lead Seminar and Networking Event

natural products consultingOne Day Boot Camp and Networking Event:

“Financing Your Consumer Product Company”

Natural, Organic, Specialty, Retail and Premium 

June 12, 2014; 8am – 4:30pm, Chicago, IL

The Natural Products Consulting Institute (NPCI) announces a comprehensive seminar and networking event led by industry veterans Bob Burke from NPCI and Michael Burgmaier from Silverwood Partners. The seminar will also feature expert speakers: institutional and strategic investors 2X Consumer Product Growth Partners and General Mills Ventures; Bill Weiland, an experienced angel investor and strategic investor through Boulder Brands Investment Group; crowd-funding leader CircleUp; debt provider K2 Financing;  consumer-focused investment bank Silverwood Partners; and Bill Creelman, an entrepreneur who has successfully raised capital, for Spindrift Beverage Co. The seminar provides company leaders with an in-depth understanding of what it takes to raise capital, de-mystifies capital-raising terms and provides insights to improve odds for successfully obtaining financing.

Topics Include:
    • Determining a company’s financing needs
    • Aligning the source of capital with a company’s needs
    • What’s the game plan over the investment time horizon?
    • Finding early-stage capital
    • Demystifying valuation
    • Angel, Venture Capital and Private Equity Financing
    • Crowd-funding or IPO? Viable options?
    • Anatomy of a term sheet
    • What to expect when working with an institutional investor
    • Role of an investment banker
    • Materials (business plan, sample presentation, financials, etc….)
    • Creating value
    • Positioning for exit

Additional expert speakers include:  

  • Andrew Whitman: Managing Partner, 2X Consumer Product Growth Partners (invested inBeanitos, gDiapers, Orabrush, Tasty Bite, MegaFood & Innate Response and more).
  • Bill Weiland: Co-founder, Boulder Brands Investment Group (invested in Suja) and Angel investor; Founder and CEO of the largest natural foods brokerage in the United States, Presence Marketing.
  • Meredith Schwarz: Manager, General Mills Ventures, the company’s corporate venturing vehicle.
  • Katie Fitzgerald: Business Development Manager, CircleUp, an online investment platform for consumer product and retail companies.
  • Keith Kohler: Owner, K2 Financing – debt solutions for consumer products companies.
  • Nick McCoy: Managing Director, Silverwood Partners. Nick has over 15 years of experience executing corporate finance transactions and making private equity investments in consumer products companies. 
Entrepreneurs Who Have Successfully Raised Capital:
  • Bill Creelman: Founder/CEO of Spindrift Beverage Co.; former Co-founder/CEO of Stirrings, Inc. – sold to Diageo. Successfully raised both angel and institutional capital. 

This Seminar is sponsored by: 

Silverwood Partners

Bright Design

Ignite Sales Management

Nixon Peabody LLP

Nutritional Capital Network

 Anchin, Block & Anchin LLP Accountants and Advisors

Bev Force/Food Force

 Next Accelerator /New Hope Natural Media

Natural Products Consulting

Complimentary cocktail reception on Thursday following the seminar at Nixon Peabody for Finance seminar and networking attendees.