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Small Business and Entrepreneur Committee Event

Presented by The Entrepreneur Center @NVTC

April 18, 2013

The Next Step: Successful Early Stage Fundings and the Entrepreneurs Who Made it Happen

Join the NVTC Small Business and Entrepreneur Committee to hear from the CEO/Founders of two hot local tech companies and their local VC investors. Hear first-hand how these entrepreneurs went from the business idea to successful early stage venture capital (VC) funding and beyond. Learn about their business challenges, how they pursued funding, what they have learned and what's ahead. The VCs who funded them will share their side of the story and what attracted them to these investments.

Founded in early 2012 by AOL alum, John Bracken, Speek raised $1.2 million from Vahalla and others in late 2012. Speek offers super simple, free and visual conference calling. Speek's VOIP service replaces the antiquated conference call experience of calling a 10-digit number and entering a pass code.

Founded in early 2012 by Novak Biddle partner Phil Bronner, Quad Learning raised $11 million from New Atlantic Ventures and others in February 2013. Quad Learning partners with community colleges to create a two-year program, "American Honors", designed to help students transfer to top-200 universities for their Bachelor's degree.


Norm Snyder, CPA, Partner, Aronson LLC


John Bracken, CEO and Co-Founder, Speek
Jennifer K. Hsin, Chief Financial Officer, CNF Investments
Phil Bronner, CEO and Co-Founder, Quad Learning, American Honors
Thanasis Delistathis, Managing Partner & Co-Founder, New Atlantic Ventures


Platinum Sponsors: Aronson LLC; Morrison & Foerster; Virginia Tech National Capital Region; Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Gold Sponsor: Ballston BID
Silver Sponsor: Loudoun Economic Development

The Entrepreneur Center @NVTC Business Partners:
Avison Young; Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®; HP; Panacea Consulting

For more information about The Entrepreneur Center @NVTC sponsorships, click here.

Virginia Tech Research Center - Arlington
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Arlington, VA