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Startup Financing 101: Jonathon Ellis

September 10 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join StartingBlock and Jonathon Ellis from Sandalphon Capital 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 Sandalphon Capital.


Jonathan Ellis is the Founder and Managing Director of Sandalphon Capital. Prior to founding Sandalphon in 2016, Jonathan was a Senior Vice President in Macquarie’s Principal Finance Group group where he was responsible for sourcing, executing and managing investments in a wide range of industries and asset classes including technology, specialty finance, healthcare and real estate. Jonathan was a member of Macquarie Capital’s Restructuring Advisory and Special Situations group until 2009 where he was involved in private equity and debt investing, and restructuring advisory engagements. Prior to moving to Chicago in 2007, he was a member of Macquarie Capital’s Diversified Industrials Group in London and focused on private equity investments in a variety of industries.

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