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LEADERSHIP COUNCIL SERIES: Small Business Funding Solutions

April 12 @ 7:30 am 8:30 am

Raising capital to grow your business can be challenging. Should you use debt? What programs are available through RCEDC? Are there more options? Join RCEDC as we explore the opportunities from venture capital to determine when this solution is the right fit and how best to pitch your idea to an investor.  We are pleased to welcome venture capitalist groups 4490 Ventures and Rock River Capital to share valuable insights.

Greg Robinson

Greg Robinson is a Managing Director at 4490 Ventures. 4490 Ventures is a venture capital firm focused on investing in early-stage software companies that are connected to proprietary assets such as data, analytics and hardware.

Greg has over two decades of operating and venture capital experience. Prior to 4490 Ventures, Greg spent over a decade at Peninsula Ventures investing in early-stage software companies. Before joining Peninsula Ventures, Greg was a co-founder of Cogent Technologies, which was ultimately acquired by Brightstar. Greg has a Master of Business Administration from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and a Bachelor of Sciences in Economics from Arizona State University.

Andrew Walker

Andy has made a career as an operator and investor in data-driven technologies. Most recently Andy was CEO of Channel IQ, acquired by Market Track, which performed eCommerce channel management analysis for manufacturers and retailers.  Prior to Channel IQ, Andy founded 42six Solutions, which was acquired by Computer Science Corporation (NSYE: DXC).

Andy is now a partner at Rock River Capital Partners where he invests in disrupted technologies in the Midwest.  He received his B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, M.E. from Stevens Institute of Technology and an MBA from Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management.

Chris Eckstrom

Chris is one of the two partners/founders of Rock River Capital Partners which manages a $27MM venture capital fund (RRCP Fund I) based in Madison that launched in late 2018.  Rock River Capital Partners invests into early-stage tech companies located (or willing to relocate) in Wisconsin which exhibit high growth potential.

Chris moved back to Madison from Chicago in 2015 with his wife and three young children (not so young any longer). He previously ran the Chicago Principal Investment team of Macquarie Bank (ASX:MQG, $75B market cap) which deployed  over $2B of capital into special situation debt and equity investments in the US and Canada. Prior to Macquarie, Chris was a Senior Analyst at Black Diamond Capital Management (a special situations hedge fund) in Lake Forest, IL and was an investment banker in Denver, Chicago and London. Chris is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison in both Finance and Economics.

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Waleed Ahmad February 14, 2022 - 3:53 pm

This for the Small Business Financing event.

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