NetworkingIf you have ever been interested in learning more about how Venture Connectors connects the entrepreneurial community with resources and capital, plan to attend our  special networking event on Wednesday, July 8, from 5:30-7 p.m. Members are free, as always, but guests are only $30 for this evening event.

Our membership appreciation night will feature all six Venture Sharks winners, who will share how they used their prize to take their startups to the next level, as well as the impressive progress they’ve made since they won. Past judges and finalists will also be in attendance. Note: Venture Connectors will not hold its regular monthly luncheon in July.

Since 2010, Venture Connectors has hosted our annual Venture Sharks competition, where entrepreneurs seeking funding for their business plans fend for themselves against a panel of savvy investor sharks fishing for the next great deal. Contestants are allowed a few minutes to describe their idea to the judges, who then fire off questions to the presenters in the style of the popular television show, “Shark Tank.” The lucky survivor receives $10,000 in cash and prizes to help them take their idea to market.

Venture Sharks winners invited to attend on July 8 are:

  • Steve Arkon, Logjustrips, 2015
  • Chris Bailey of Gear Brake, 2014
  • Bob Farinelli of SmartFarm, 2013
  • Alli Truttman of Wicked Sheets, 2012
  • Zack Pennington of US Chia, 2011
  • Alice Cash of Surgical Serenity Solutions, 2010

The event will be held as usual at the Muhammad Ali Center, 144 N. Sixth St., but it will be a casual mix-and-mingle atmosphere with no scheduled program. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. There will be light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.