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October Startup Financing 101: David Trotter

October 8 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join StartingBlock and David Trotter from The Winnebago Seed Fund for this month’s Startup Financing 101.

Are you an entrepreneur thinking about raising investment $? Not sure which VC fund makes sense for you? Have questions about investment stages, option pools, valuations? Intimidated?

This is your chance to hear from Madison’s best vc fund managers and associates about what they are looking for, their investment theses, how to find the investors that are right for you.


Startup Financing 101 is on the second Tuesday of each month and designed to provide early stage startups and entrepreneurs an opportunity to ask questions of fund managers and associates.

Target audience is entrepreneurs and startup founders generally, not limited to companies actively fundraising.

This is a great opportunity to learn more about fundraising dos (and don’ts), why (and why not), and how to avoid common mistakes first-time (and experienced) entrepreneurs can make.


5:00-5:45 PM Startup Financing 101: Presentation & Q&A: presentation on the basic components of venture capital and financing startups.

6:00-7:00 PM NETWORKING / Q&A HAPPY HOUR: Snacks and drinks following the presentation in the cafe space, thanks to Rock River Capital.


The Winnebago Seed Fund is managed by David Trotter, Managing Director of the Fund’s General Partner, Winnebago Capital Partners. Trotter is a Northeast Wisconsin native and Fox Valley resident. Trotter holds a Bachelor of Science in finance from Marquette University’s Applied Investment Management Program, as well as the Chartered Financial Analyst® and the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst® designations. He most recently spent several years as a portfolio manager in Neenah, WI, managing over $350 million dollars in client assets. Trotter worked closely with local business leaders to develop criteria for a fund focusing on Wisconsin entrepreneurs and startup companies. The result is the Winnebago Seed Fund.

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