How do you ensure that what you say is a turn on and not a turn off when meeting a potential angel investor and ensure that you get a second “date” or opportunity to close the deal with a written check in hand? Today, at the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference + Expo in Chicago, Daymond John, founder and CEO of the urban clothing line FUBU, co-star of ABC’s Shark Tank and CEO of Shark Branding, will help shed some light on the “courtship” between entrepreneur and investor when he helps kick-off the opening event, “Equity Date With An Angel.”Â John will be joined by Timothy Reese, co-founder of the Minority Angel Investor Network and managing partner of Forge Intellectual Capital.
The successful “shark”—whoÂ guided FUBU to $350 million in revenues in 1998, placing it at the same table with such designer sportswear labels as Donna Karan New York and Tommy Hilfiger—will be on hand to hear business ideas, critique speed-date like pitches, and give tips on how best to jump-start a business venture.
John is also embarking on a new business mission–to head to Silicon Valley. “Tech companies excite me,” he says. “I want to bring all of my celebrity friends along with all of my marketing, lifestyle and branding knowledge and dig deep into technology,” adds the ambassador for Shopify.com, where any entrepreneur can easily and readily set up a professional e-store. So, “I have been aligning myself with a lot of tech companies that make life easier for entrepreneurs.”
Select participants of today’sÂ “Equity Date With An Angel” session will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with a private investor during our business coaching sessions held throughout the conference.
John and Reese are among the accomplished entrepreneurs who will share their success secrets at the 2012 Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference + Expo hosted by Nationwide, May 23-26, at the Hilton Chicago Hotel in Chicago, IL. Search and follow the hashtag #BEEC2012 on Twitter for the latest updates on conference speakers and sessions. And go to dev.blackenterprise.com/ec/ to see live stream of select EC events.