TiE Arizona Announces First Ever Mentorfest

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Special event to offer early stage entrepreneurs exclusive guidance from some of the Valley’s most prominent entrepreneurs

TiE-Arizona, the leading local entrepreneurship organization, announces today the groups’ first ever Mentorfest, a unique event focused on getting technology entrepreneurs connected to valuable mentors who can help them start and grow their businesses, raise capital, and find resources to be successful. Mentorfest is the first event of its kind in the Valley and TiE plans to have more events like this in the future.

“Mentorfest is about innovation and bringing value to local entrepreneurs that isn’t easily found at typical networking events, “ said Michael Hool, President of TiE Arizona. “Start-up entrepreneurs will benefit from the business experience and knowledge of the TiE-Arizona mentors and other senior community entrepreneurs in a casual group setting. All sessions offer the opportunity for personalized input and advice on an entrepreneur's specific business issues.”

What:
TiE-Arizona Mentorfest consists of a series of sessions, each with one experienced entrepreneurs and business executives acting as mentor/facilitator and up to eight participants entrepreneurs per group.

When:
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
5:30-9:00 pm

Where:
ASU SkySong    
1475 N Scottsdale Rd
Scottsdale , AZ -85257

Register at http://www.tieaz.org. Registration for this event is free.

What Attendees will Learn at Mentorfest 2010:

  •     Marketing -- This discussion is about marketing issues for emerging companies:

from building a brand, creating brand and company awareness in the right markets (including social media and website), to choosing the right markets in the first place and building a winning plan to compete within those markets.

  •     Sales Generation -- This discussion will include plans and strategies for early stage and high-growth companies to create sales, develop sales channels, and increase and maintain market-share.
  •     Legal Matters -- This discussion will cover topics such as effective use of legal advisors by start-up companies and substantive legal issues that entrepreneurs are most likely to face as they grow their businesses.
  •     Finance – An overview of a variety of finance issues for emerging companies: from creating credible pro-formas and valuation expectations to budget and performance measurement and cash management ideas for start-ups to creating a bankable company.
  •     Fundraising – This will cover various aspects of raising capital for early

stage technology enterprises, including how to approach investors, setting a capital structure, and what to expect in the fundraising process.

About TiE Arizona:

TiE (The International Entrepreneurs), a not-for-profit global network of entrepreneurs and professionals was founded in 1992 in Silicon Valley, Calif. The local Arizona Chapter, TiE Arizona, cultivates Arizona's entrepreneurial ecosystem while fostering its connections around the globe, providing an opportunity to network with other entrepreneurs in various stages of realizing their entrepreneurial dreams. These informal networks provide guidance, support and friendship from others with similar quests. Members are entrepreneurs and professionals with an interest in entrepreneurship, either in a start-up context or within a larger company. They represent a diverse set of industries, including software and information technologies, life science, financial services and other services. Membership is open to individuals of all backgrounds and experiences. For more information, visit http://www.tieaz.org.

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