Venture Capital Workshop Series
The Keller Center welcomes Dianna Raedle '84 back to the Entrepreneurial Hub on April 4th and April 18th for a two-part workshop series on venture capital. Dianna Raedle is CEO, Founder, and Managing Director of Deer Isle Group, an advisory and investment firm specialized in emerging markets and special situations. All undergraduate and graduate students and postdocs are welcome to attend. Registration for each workshop is required and dinner will be served.
Register here (links to be posted soon)
Part I : Understanding Investor Requirements
Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 5:30 - 7pm
Your company needs capital. This workshop will help put you into the shoes of potential investors so that you can understand how investors think about making an investment as well as the information that they need in order to make a positive investment decision.
The workshop starts with a brief investment presentation from each of the participating companies to the rest of the workshop participants who act as investors. The presentation is followed by a moderated discussion of which companies would receive the greatest investment and the reasons why.
Part II: Building Revenue
Tuesday, April 18, 2017, 5:30 - 7pm
Your company needs to convince an investor to invest and this workshop will be an interactive discussion on how to think about your company’s revenue growth model (especially if there are no current revenues) as well as how to present it to investors.
The workshop starts with a brief presentation from each of the participating companies to the rest of the workshop participants who act as investors. The presentation is followed by a moderated discussion about how workshop participants react to each of the revenue growth plans and suggestions on how to make the models and their presentation more robust.
Dianna Raedle is responsible for advisory, business development, and investments activities at Deer Isle Group, and has over 20 years of experience in both public and private markets across the capital structure. Since founding Deer Isle, Dianna has raised approximately $5 billion in assets including $100mm in seed capital from OPIC for an Africa focused private capital fund.
Prior to founding Deer Isle Group, Dianna co-founded Millennium Americas where she was a member of the Investment Committee and was on the investment team. Millennium Americas was an advisor to Millennium Global Investments Ltd., a ~$12 billion London based investment management company for the Millennium Global Special Situations Americas Fund (MGSS). Prior to Millennium Americas, Dianna had extensive experience creating highly structured transactions at ABN AMRO, and SBC Warburg Inc., where she was a Director and at Credit Suisse First Boston (London and Switzerland), where she was a Vice President.
Dianna is on the Board of Directors for the Harvard Business School Club of New York and is Board Emeritus for the Harvard Business School Club of New York Community Partners program. In addition, she is a mentor for the Princeton University Keller Center for Technology and Entrepreneurship. She is also a 2011 winner of the International Women's Entrepreneurial Challenge, sponsored by the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce.
Dianna has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Princeton University. She has Series 3, 7, 24, 63, 99 and 79 Registrations.