Venture Capital Workshop I : Understanding Investor Requirements
Date and Time:
Location: Entrepreneurial Hub Room 115
The Keller Center welcomes Dianna Raedle '84 to the Entrepreneurial Hub on Tuesday, April 4 for part one of 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. Undergrads, grads, and postdocs are welcome to attend. Dinner will be served and registration is required.
A quick reminder that the purpose of the workshop is to help with your investor presentations and, as such, each company will be expected to make a short (2 to 3 minute) investor presentation. We will then discuss, as a group, the strengths and weaknesses of the presentations as they might be perceived by an investor. The goal is to help you think like an investor which will make your presentations more powerful and effective.
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.
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.