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Treasury Dept to host an Access to Capital for Small Business Conference


OBAMA ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL DETAILS FOR UPCOMING CONFERENCE TO EXPLORE ACCESS TO CAPITAL FOR SMALL COMPANIES

WASHINGTON – Today, the Obama Administration announced additional details about its March 22nd conference: “Access to Capital: Fostering Growth and Innovation for Small Companies.” The conference will bring together policymakers, entrepreneurs, investors, academics, and other market participants to explore how both the public and private sectors can help promote access to capital at each stage of growth for a small company – from seed capital, to growth equity, to accessing the public markets.

Panel moderators will include Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, Small Business Administration Administrator Karen Mills, and Scott Case, CEO of the Startup America Partnership and Co-founder of Priceline.

WHAT:                      Access to Capital Conference: Fostering Growth and Innovation for Small Companies

WHEN: March, 22, 2011
8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. EDT

WHERE: U.S. Treasury Department
Cash Room
1500 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC

Agenda:

8:30 AM EDT

OPENING REMARKS
Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and

Small Business Administration Administrator Karen Mills

8:50 AM EDT
PANEL DISCUSSION

Pre-IPO Funding: Seed Capital, Angel Investors, Venture Capital, and Growth Equity
Moderator:  Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner

Panelists:

  • Desh Deshpande, Chairman of Sparta Group and Member of the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE)
  • Alex Laskey, President and Founder of OPOWER
  • Ann Miura-Ko, Partner at Floodgate Capital and Lecturer at Stanford University
  • Duane McKnight, Senior Partner of SYNCOM
  • Joann Price, Co-founder and Partner at Fairview Capital

9:45 AM EDT
PANEL DISCUSSION

IPOs and Alternative Liquidity Platforms: Capital Market Access for Small Businesses

Moderator:  Scott Case, CEO of Startup America Partnership and Co-founder of Priceline
Panelists:

  • Paul Deninger, Senior Managing Director at Evercore Partners
  • Seth Goldman, Founder of Honest Tea
  • Bob McCooey, Senior Vice President of New Listings and Capital Markets at NASDAQ
  • Kate Mitchell, Managing Director at Scale Venture Partners and Chairman of the National Venture Capital Association
  • Chuck Newhall, Co-founder of New Enterprise Associates

11:00 AM EDT
PANEL DISCUSSION

Accessing Credit Throughout the Lifecycle of a Small Company

Moderator:  Small Business Administration Administrator Karen Mills

Panelists:

  • Michael Arougheti, President of Ares Capital
  • William Bynum, CEO of HOPE Enterprise Corporation
  • Greg Becker, President of Silicon Valley Bank
  • Jessica Jackley, CEO of Profounder and Founder of KIVA

12:15 PM EDT
WORKING BREAKOUT LUNCHES
Hosted by Senior Obama Administration Officials

Breakout Session Topics:

  • Spurring Innovation: Transforming an Idea into a Business
  • Capitalizing a Growing Company: Growth Equity and Debt Financing
  • Financing Small-Cap Companies: IPOs, Credit and Alternative Liquidity Platforms

2:10PM EDT

CLOSING REMARKS
Gene Sperling, Director of the National Economic Council and
Jeffrey Immelt, Chairman of the President’s Council on Jobs and Competiveness and CEO of General Electric

The event will also be streamed live on www.treasury.gov.


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