MIT Enterprise Forum of NYC Presents: Follow the Money Leading NYC VCs Reveal Their Investment Strategies for 2011

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PriceWaterhouseCoopers, CIBC Auditorium – MAP 300 Madison Avenue – December 9, 2010

Three leading New York venture capital firms will provide their strategies for 2011. Understanding venture capital firms’ strategies is critical in order to obtain venture capital. Prior to the panel discussion, PwC will present a summary of the 3rd quarter 2010 MoneyTree Report. The MoneyTree Report is a quarterly study of venture capital investment activity in the United States. As a collaboration between PwC and the National Venture Capital Association based upon data from Thomson Reuters, it is the only industry-endorsed research of its kind. The MoneyTree Report is the definitive source of information on emerging companies that receive financing and the venture capital firms that provide it. The study is a staple of the financial community, entrepreneurs, government policymakers and the business press worldwide.

Among the issues we will discuss:

  • What types of companies will VC`s fund in 2011?
  • What are the hot sectors for 2011?
  • What characteristics are VC`s looking for in an early stage company?
  • How robust is the start-up community in New York City?
  • What is the likelihood of a recovery of the IPO market and how does this affect a VC`s strategy?
  • How is the rise of the “super angel”affecting VCs?
  • VC funds have had a weak ten year period overall (with the industry, though not all funds, being down for the period). How is this affecting the VC`s ability to raise fresh funds?
  • Given the “lighter” startups, is the average VC investment decreasing in size? Is the average VC fund size decreasing?
  • What is your specific investment strategy for 2011?
  • What are the other hot trends in venture capital for 2011?

Panel Moderator:
– Ben Boissevain, Managing Partner, Agile Equity

Panel Speakers:
– Steve Brotman, Managing Director, Greenhill & Co.
– Alex Ferrara, Bessemer
– John F. Frankel, Managing Partner, ff Asset Management LLC

Thanks to PriceWaterhouseCoopers for hosting and sponsoring this event!